Pravasi Film Festival 2010

THE AWARDS

•Veteran actor Saeed Jaffrey was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in absentia at the first-ever Pravasi Film Festival held in New Delhi 3-6 January, 2010

•The feature film ‘Life Goes On’ by Sangeeta Dutta from the United Kingdom bagged the award for the Best Feature Film Award

Synopsis: Life Goes On is the debut feature film of Sangeeta Datta, produced by her production company Stormglass Productions. The film explores the relations between a grief stricken father and his three daughters. With his wife, Manju’s (Sharmila Tagore) sudden death, Sanjay (Girish Karnad) confronts his daughters at close proximity. The drama unfolds over six days from the day when Manju dies to the day of the funeral. Haunted by memories, Sanjay is forced to face his unspoken prejudice about Muslims, stemming from his childhood trauma over the partition of India. At the funeral he has come to terms with himself and also with the new world that his daughters belong to.

•Short fiction film ‘Shor’ by D K Krishna and Raj Nidimoru received the Best Short Fiction Award

Synopsis: Shor, the short film shot on locales in and around Mumbai. It’s about three young men traveling on a local train who find a bag with a ticking bomb on it. They race to find the best value they can get out of it. When they try to sell it, but can’t find a decent bargain, they decide to at least have some fun with it. They decide to “have a blast!” Literally! The problem is finding an empty place in the overcrowded city where they can blast it in peace. Set in Mumbai, this fast-paced film is a satire that deals with the apathy of the Indian youth – and the dangerous abandon with which they go about doing just about anything they want. It won the Best Cinematography award for its visually arresting filmmaking style at the San Francisco Shorts Fest.

•‘Flying Sikh’ by Navdeep Kandola got the Best Short Non-Fiction Award

Synopsis:This documentary commemorating the valour and glory of the Khalsa warriors provides an intimate portrait of the Sikh pilots who contributed so valiantly to British success in World War I and World War II. Focusing on those who flew in the Royal Flying Core, the Royal Air Force and the Indian Air Force, their bravery was recognized widely by both the military and the public during the brutal Japanese invasion from the East. The first ever Indian pilot to try to enlist as a pilot in WWI was Hardit Singh Malik, the only Indian pilot to miraculously survive the war who later went on to become the PM of Patiala and High Commissioner to both Canada and France. It also includes the last remaining Sikh pilots from WWII, Air Chief Marshall Arjan Singh DFC and Mohinder Singh Pujji DFC. Air Marshall Arjan Singh led pilots in the Burmese front in the Second World War and later led the Indo-Pak and Indo-China air assaults and many firsthand accounts taken from the only TV interview of Sardar Malik and a rare interview with his daughter, Harji Malik.