Indian films have bagged the top honours at the 41st International Film Festival of India that concluded in Goa on Thursday.
Noted Bengali filmmaker Goutam Ghose's Moner Manush won the Golden Peacock (R40 lakh) for the best film. The special jury award was shared by Kaushik Ganguly’s Just Another Love Story and Kiwi director Taika Waititi's Boy.
The last time, India bagged the top honours in 2000 for Jairam’s Malyalam film Karunam.
Ghose's Moner Manush is the story of Sufi Lalan Fakir, which casts Bengali actor Prosenjit Chatterjee as the 19th century poet while Ganguly's film stars acclaimed director Rituparno Ghosh in the role of a woman trapped in a man's body. Ghose's film, which is an Indo-Bangla collaboration, was hailed as "a new beginning for the two countries" by the director, while Chatterjee said it "opens new doors for Bengali cinema".
Danish director Susanne Bier won the Silver Peacock (R15 lakh) for the best director for her film In A Better World at the concluding ceremony, which was attended by Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan.
Silver Peacock awards for the best actor and actress (R 10 lakh each) went to Guven Kirac for the Turkish film The Crossing and Magdalena Boczarska for the Polish movie Little Rose. The festival's top spot has been largely dominated by Iranian films over the last decade.