Filmmaker Neeraj Ghaywan's 'Masaan' has been honoured by the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) at the ongoing Cannes Film Festival.
'Masaan' team at 2015 Cannes Film Festival
The Richa Chadda-starrer, which was screened in the Un Certain Regard section, follows a group of people living in Varanasi, which reserves a cruel punishment for those who play with moral traditions.
"Neeraj Ghaywan's "Masaan" wins the FIPRESCI prize at The CANNES film festival," director Anurag Kashyap posted on Facebook.
"Masaan" is an Indo-French co-production produced by Manish Mundra, Macassar Productions, Phantom Films, Sikhya Entertainment, Arte France Cinema and Pathe productions.
"And it's a hat-trick of awards for Manish Mundra audience award at Sundance for "Umrika", two at Berlinale for "Dhanak" and now FIPRESCI at Cannes for "Masaan". My nominee for "Padamshri".. Please give it to him now," Kashyap added.
Competition film "Son of Saul", Hungarian director Laszlo Nemes' first feature, also earned a FIPRESCI honour.
The Holocaust drama, which received strong reviews, tells the story of the Sonderkommando, the Jewish prisoners who were forced to help the Nazis run the concentration camps.