As celebrities like Shobha and Dilip De, Prachi Desai, Goldie Behl, Ila Arun, Kaajal Agarwal, Rahul Bose and Ranvir Shorey among others, applauded, veteran actor Waheeda Rehman took the stage during the closing ceremony of the 14th Mumbai Film Festival (MFF) to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for an Indian Personality.
The actor, who has been part of Indian cinema for over six decades, was delighted by the award. “I’m thrilled to receive this award from MAMI (Mumbai Academy of Moving Image), a body of the industry at an international film hosted in my city, Mumbai, and that too during the course of the centenary year of Indian cinema,” she said. “I dedicate this award to the directors, producers, co-actors and technicians who’ve been a part of this journey with me.”
A ceremony that closes an event as marvelous as a week-long film festival is always slightly sad, but the atmosphere at the Jamshed Bhabha Theatre, NCPA, on Thursday evening was sadder still, as the entire audience, led by filmmaker Shyam Benegal, stood up to observe a minute’s silence in honour of the late filmmaker, Yash Chopra, who passed away this Sunday.
The MFF this year had screened about 230 films from all over the world. Over the course of the evening, awards were presented in various categories. In the International Competition for the First Feature Films of Directors category, Aquí Y Alla (Here And There) was recognised as the Best Film, with a Golden Gateway of India Award and a cash prize of $100,000, while the Jury Grand Prize of the Silver Gateway of India Award and cash prize of $50,000 was won by Beast Of The Southern Wild.
Antonio Méndez Esparza won the Silver Gateway Award for Best Director for Aquí Y Alla (Here And There), while the Silver Gateway Of India Award for Best Actor was handed to Dwight Henry for Beasts of the Southern Wild and the Best Actress Award went to Julia Garner for Electrick Children. The Jury Award of Technical Excellence was awarded to Pankaj Kumar for Ship Of Theseus, and the Special Jury Award was given to Musa Sayeed for Valley Of Saints.
The MFF was presented by Reliance Entertainment and American Express and organised by the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI).