Rituporno Ghosh named best director
LONDON — Helmer Shaji N. Karun, who won the Camera D’Or Special Mention at Cannes for his 1988 debut feature “Piravi,” has won the feature film award at India’s National Film Awards for “Kutty Srank,” the Directorate of Film Festivals announced Wednesday.The awards are the highest that India confers. The Malayalam-language film also won the original screenplay award for writers P.F. Mathews and Harikrishna, cinematography for Anjuli Shukla and costume designer for Jayakumar. Rituporno Ghosh won best director for the Bengal-language “Abohoman” and Ananya Chatterjee won actress and Arghyakamal Mitra editing for the same film. Amitabh Bachchan took the actor kudo and Arundhati Naag supporting actress for Hindi-language “Paa,” which also won make-up for Hollywood veterans Christien Tinsley and Dominie Till. Farooque Shaikh won supporting actor for Hindi-language “Lahore,” which also won the debut award for helmer Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan. Resul Pookutty, Oscar winner for “Slumdog Millionaire,” won sound design for the Malayalam-language “Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja,” and the film also won background score for composer Ilaiyaraaja. Amit Trivedi won the music director award for his songs in “Dev.D.” Sreekar Prasad, who edited “Kutty Srank,” “Kaminey” and “Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja,” was given a special jury award. “3 Idiots,” Bollywood’s highest grosser of all time, won the award for popular film.