Drishyam Films’ Newton wins the CICAE Art Cinema Award at Berlinale 2017 where it made its World Premiere
Jury calls it a “wonderful” and “exceptional” film, praising the dark humor and ironic approach of the Indian democratic elections
Berlin/ Mumbai, February 19, 2017: Drishyam Films’ next, Newton directed by Amit V Masurkar and produced by Manish Mundra which made its World Premiere at Berlinale 2017 has won the CICAE Art Cinema Award awarded by the independent jury of the International Confederation of Art House Cinemas.
Newton, starring Rajkummar Rao in the title role is a sharp political black comedy that takes place on an election day in Central India. Rajkummar Rao, whose star is on the rise following strong, highly appreciated performances in films like Aligarh and Queen, plays Newton, a rookie clerk on election duty in a conflict-ridden jungle of Chhattisgar, who tries his best to conduct free and fair voting despite the apathy of security forces and the looming fear of an attack by Maoist rebels. More... http://www.filmytown.com/drishyam-films-newton-bags-cicae-award-berlin/
Bodhisattva International Film Festival (BIFF) inaugurated by Shatrughan Sinha, Sharda Sinha (Famous Singer) and Akhilendra Mishra
16 Feb 2017, Patna; Bodhisattva International Film Festival commenced with the arrival of all the dignitaries, Shri Shiv Chandra Ram – Hon’ble Minister of Art, Culture & Youth Department, Government of Bihar. The other guests of honour were Maharaja of Baroda, Shri Jeetendra singh Gaekwad, Shri Shatrughan Sinha, Sharda Sinha (Famous Singer); Akhilendra Mishra; Asadur Rehman, State head, UNICEF, Bihar.
The ceremony started with the National Anthem followed by lighting of the lamp. The ceremony was also attended by the likes of dignitaries like Aseem Bajaj, Cinematographer & Producer; Leena Yadav, Director of the opening Film Parched; Tanishttha Chatterjee, Actress – Parched & Angry India Goddesses.
Sneha Routray, President of Grameen Sneh Foundation addressed the dignitaries and the audience with a welcome speech followed by an introductory speech on “Bodhisattva International Film Festival” by Shri Akhilendra Mishra”. Maharaja of Baroda Shri Jeetendra Singh Gaekwad said “Bodhisattva International Film Festival is a great platform for culture exchange”. He added “It is an honour being in Bihar and he feels privileged to be on the soil of Aryabhatta”.
Shatrughan Sinha said “I am delighted to be in my hometown and Bodhisattva International Film Festival has brought in a great platform in Bihar for cultural exchange through cinema.”