Hum Bhi Akele Tum Bhi Akele: Anshuman Jha, Zareen Khan-starrer wins Best Film Audience Choice Award

Updated: Nov 28, 2019, 08:14 IST | mid-day online correspondent | Mumbai

Hum Bhi Akele Tum Bhi Akele, starring Anshuman Jha and Zareen Khan, wins the Best Film Audience Choice Award at the HBO South Asian International Film Festival.

Picture Courtesy: PR
Picture Courtesy: PR

At its World Premiere in New York City - Anshuman Jha and Zareen Khan starrer - Hum Bhi Akele Tum Bhi Akele has bagged the Best Film Audience Choice Award at the HBO South Asian International Film Festival. The Harish Vyas directorial is India's first film with LGBTQ protagonists of the opposite sex with Anshuman playing a Gay Man in Veer and Zareen as the lesbian woman Mansi - and it follows their road trip from Delhi to Mcloedgunj and their friendship.

Anshuman Jha & Zareen Khan were both present at the World Premiere which saw a big number of LGBTQ members in the audience in a packed house show. With Jha getting a lot of I love you Veer messages from some of the gay community post the screening of the film.

The film which premiered on November 22 to a packed house at Village East Cinemas in Manhattan was unanimously chosen as the best film at the HBO presented Film Festival with a message from the Festival head Shilen Amin Hum Bhi Akele... is the changing face of New age Indian cinema. Brilliant performances, the very best of production values and a topical script which engages & entertains. We would like to congratulate Mr.Anshuman Jha on choosing such novel scripts and Mr.Harish Vyas for telling such beautiful stories.

Hum Bhi Akele, Tum Bhi Akele - the screenplay was also an Official Selection at the South Asian Film Market (SAFM) in Singapore as one of the ten best screenplays from Asia in November 2018 & this first award at its World Premiere has made the team ecstatic. Says Harish Vyas, "This is heartening. Anshuman was the first actor who greenlit this project after several big names had refused it as they were worried about the concept. We developed the script for over a year, took it to the film market and made it in record time. I thank Anshuman for being the backbone of this film through development & shoot - and according to me giving his most nuanced performance since LSD. To Zareen for auditioning and playing Mansi with the attitude that she has - they will win many hearts."

The film is a journey of discovering love in friendship. And this seems like the first feather in its cap of many to come.

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