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Roopa Ganguly bags Dhaka award

Roopa won the best actress award at the 9th Dhaka International Film Festival, reports Saibal Chatterjee.

india Updated: Jan 27, 2006 20:48 IST
Saibal Chatterjee
Saibal Chatterjee
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Hindustantimes
         

Iran and India have shared a bulk of the top prizes at the 9th Dhaka International Film Festival, which concluded on Wednesday.

Café Transit, written and directed by Iran’s Kambuzia Partovi, was adjudged the Best Film of the Australasian Competition section. Kolkata-based Sekhar Das’s Bengali political drama, Krantikaal, picked up two of the main trophies – the International Jury Director’s Award and Best Actor (Female) for Roopa Ganguly.

This is the second international award that Roopa has won for her performance as the daughter-in-law of a once-affluent royal family in Krantikaal. Last year, she had won an acting prize at Osian’s-Cinefan – 7th Festival of Asian Cinema.

Café Transit is a tightly scripted film about a free-spirited widow who defies social convention and revives a border café that is threatened with obliteration after her husband’s untimely death. Partovi is a screenplay writer-turned filmmaker whose script credits includes films like Jafar Panahi’s Dayereh, Niki Karimi’s Yek Shab and Atiq Rahimi’s Earth and Ashes.

Krantikaal, Das’s second feature, probes the psychology that propels secessionist movements across the length and breadth of a culturally diverse country. It addresses themes like the futility of violence, the fallout of political exploitation and the meaning of democracy for people who languish on the margins of the nation. 

The Dhaka festival’s International Jury Special Award went to the Iranian film, Mama’s Guest, directed by Dariush Mehrjui.

The Iran-India sweep was broken by the Australian film, Three Dollars, for which David Wenham won the Best Actor (Male) Award.

The best films and performances were adjudged by a three-man jury which included Indian filmmaker Anwar Jamal. The other members of the jury were Peter Malone from Australia and Bangladeshi career diplomat and film critic Mijarul Quayes.

India figured prominently in the Audience Awards as well. While P Sheshadri’s Kannada-language Thutturi (The Bugle) won the Best Children’s Film prize in this segment, Herbert, directed by Bengali theatre person Suman Mukhopadhyay, emerged as the second most popular film of the festival. The top Audience Award was won by a Swiss film, Stefan Hillebrand’s When the Right One Comes Along.

Another Indian film that won a prize is Jayashree Bhattacharya’s Madur (The Mat), which screened in the competition section of women filmmakers.

The privately organized Dhaka Film Festival presented a retrospective of the films of veteran director Buddhadeb Dasgupta, while Jayaraj’s Malayalam-language Daivanamathil (In The Name of God) was screened on the closing night.

First Published: Jan 27, 2006 20:48 IST

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