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‘Nachom-ia Kumpasar’ Wins Audience Award at London Indian Film Festival

Mani Ratnam Receives Icon Award

“Nachom-ia Kumpasar” (Let’s Dance to the Rhythm) has taken the Lebara Play audience award at the London Indian Film Festival, beating “Kaakaa Muttai” in a close race to the finish line.

“Nachom,” directed by Bardroy Barretto and revolving around Goan music and its impact on Hindi film music, was so popular that several additional screenings had to be added to the festival.

“I am grateful for this award and to the team that made this happen,” Barretto said. “It goes to show that every region, every culture, has its own authentic stories, that today’s global audience is willing to celebrate, but when it stays true to its local audience. This film was our tribute to the music and musicians of Goa, and this award reiterates the need to keep it alive in every way possible. I thank Goa for the music.”

“Kaakaa Muttai” (Crow’s Egg), directed by M. Manikandan, has been a favorite at film festivals and has been well received in India as well.

The London Indian Film Festival bestowed honors on helmer Mani Ratnam, actors Suraj Sharma and Manisha Koirala. The Bagri Foundation’s Satyajit Ray short award and cash of £1,000 ($1,558) went to “Khargosh” (Rabbit).

Ratnam gave a master class and a retrospective of his films including “Dil Se,” starring Koirala.

The sixth edition of the festival began July 6 and runs through July 26.

“We are really pleased that this year, the festival has expanded in stature and that we can highlight through our new awards just some of the many achievements of filmmakers and actors from India who may otherwise go unsung by the broader world film community,” Cary Sawhney, director of the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival, said in a statement.

 

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