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MS Gill urges Badal to honour Punjabi film's director

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, December 04, 2012
First Published: 12:10 IST(4/12/2012) | Last Updated: 00:56 IST(5/12/2012)

Former union sports minister Manohar Singh Gill has asked Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal to reward Punjabi film director Gurvinder Singh, whose movie 'Anhey Ghorhey Da Daan' (Alms for a blind horse) recently won the Golden Peacock award for the best film at the 43rd International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa.

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This is the first Punjabi film to have bagged the prestigious IFFI award. The movie, released last year, is based on a novel of the same name by renowned Punjabi writer Gurdial Singh.

In a letter to the CM, Gill wrote, "I was a principal secretary in your government from 1977-1980. During that time, much was done to uplift the quality of Punjabi films. We had rewarded a young director, Hari Dutt, from Hoshiarpur for his movie 'Udeekan', starring Simi Garewal. I would request you to honour Gurvinder with a Rs. 1-crore reward as this man has got great potential and will definitely bring more laurels to Punjab."

Taking to HT, Gill said Punjabi films were not considered on a par with Bollywood movies till now and Sikhs were regarded as jokers, but the multiple-award-winning 'Anhey Ghorhey Da Daan' had given a new dimension to Punjabi cinema.

He added that Gurvinder had been compared with one of the finest directors of the country, Satyajit Ray.

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