After nearly a decade, an Indian film bagged the top honour at the International Film Festival of India when Gautam Ghose’s movie Moner Manush was awarded the prestigious Golden Peacock award
An Indo-Bengal production, Moner Manush is the screen adaptation of Sunil Gangopadhyay’s novel that is based on the life of Lalon Fakir, a revered fakir whose poetry are considered to be classics. Popular Bengali actor Prosenjit Chatterji essayed the role of Lalon in the movie which was premiered at IFFI 2010.
After receiving the award from chief guest Saif Ali Khan, Gautam Ghose said his film was about tolerance, religion, politics and culture and hoped that this recognition will encourage more Indo-Bengal films.
It was exactly 10 years ago in 2000 when an Indian film won the Golden Peacock at IFFI when Malayalam movie Karunam had won the top honour.
The Scroll of Honour at IFFI 2010 is as follows:
Golden Peacock Award for Best Film: Moner Manush (Bengali, India) – Rs 40 lakh
Silver Peacock Award for Best Director: Susanne Bier from Denmark for In a Better World – Rs 15 lakh
Special Jury Award: Just Another Love Story by Kaushik Ganguly (West Bengal, India) and Boy by Taika Waititi (New Zealand)
Best Actor Award: Guven Kirac from Turkey for the movie The Crossing – Rs 10 lakh
Best Actress Award: Magalena Boczarska from Poland for the movie Little Rose.
Best Indian Premiere Film: I Am Kalam.
The films were judged by five-member jury led by Polish filmmaker Jerzy Antczak, Emmy award winning Canadian filmmaker Sturla Gunnars, Australian legendary actor Mick Molloy, French filmmaker Oliver Pere and South Indian film actress Revathy Menon.
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Gold Lamp Tree Award: Extinction II by Fernando Uson Fornies – Rs 5 lakh
Silver Lamp Tree Award: Kusum by Shumona Banerjee – Rs 3 lakh
Vasudha Award: Kaippad by Babu Kambrath and Niyamgiri, You Are Still Alive by Suma Josson – Rs 3 lakh
Special Jury Mention Award: Charulata – A sequel of the life untold by Sangeeta Padmanabhan – Rs 2 lakh
Certificate of Appreciation from the Jury: Incurable India by Umesh Aggarwal.
The 41st edition of the IFFI screened over 300 films from 61 countries with Andy Emmony’s “West is West” as the inaugural movie. The festival was inaugurated by Union Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee with renowned Hindi film director Yash Chopra as the Chief Guest and Bollywood actor Ajay Devgan as the Guest of Honour.
The Indian Panorama presented a cluster of 26 feature and 21 non-feature films from the best and promising film makers from across the country.
In the Tributes section, IFFI paid homage Bina Rai, Pamela Rooks, Sujit Kumar, Keshu Ramsay, Debu Deodhar, Pankaj Advani, Nirmal Pandey, Tahir Hussain, Vishnuvardhan and Ravi Baswani.
Centenaries of five unforgettable cinema talents – Ashok Kumar, B R Panthulu, Motilal, Nadia and RajaParanjpe – were also observed by screening their films.
A new section ‘Academy Interest’ was also introduced from this year and a special screening of India’s official Oscar entry this year ‘Peepli Live’ was also organized.