‘Bridge’ takes top prize at Indian fest

7,000 turn out for event celebrating Bollywood

“The Man Beyond the Bridge,” directed by Laxmikant Shetgaonkar, won the grand jury prize for narrative feature at the eighth annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles on Sunday.

Nishta Jain’s “At My Doorstep” took home the award for documentary and Ritesh Batra’s “Gareeb Nawaz’s Taxi” was prized for short film.

Audience choice awards went to “Harishchandrachi Factory,” “The Sun Behind the Clouds: Tibet’s Struggle for Freedom” and “Kunjo.”

The festival, which hosted over 7,000 attendees from April 20 to Sunday at the Arclight Hollywood, honored Fox Intl. Prods. president Sanford Panitch, Overture’s Chris McGurk, Hyde Park’s Ashok Amritraj and Uday Shankar, CEO of Star India.

The jury comprising producer Debra Martin Chase (“Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants”), and thesps Shannyn Sossamon (“A Knight’s Tale”) and Radha Mitchell (“Melinda and Melinda”) who also stars in and co-produced this year’s closing night film “The Waiting City.”

IFFLA executive director Christina Marouda told Daily Variety: “This has been an incredible festival, bringing together the two largest film industries in the world, Hollywood and Bollywood. We are here to create a portal between the two industries and bridge the gap.”

(Naman Ramachandran contributed to this report.)

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