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NFDC's ANHEY GHORHEY DA DAAN wins Golden Peacock at 43rd IFFI

The 43rd International Film Festival of India (IFFI) ended with an awards function and the screening of Meera Nair's THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST in Goa. Among the celebrities present were the Goa Governor Bharat Veer Wanchoo, CM Manohar Parrikar, and Bollywood stars like Jackie Shroff, Shreyas Talpade, and Payal Rohtagi. The Chief Guest was Telugu actor Nandamuri Balakrishna. The Guest of Honour was award winning Australian Director Paul Cox.

Gurvinder Singh's NFDC produced Punjabi film ANHEY GHORHEY DA DAAN got the Golden Peacock, a certificate and a cash prize of Rs. 40,00,000/- shared equally between the director and the producer. Best Director's award went to Kyu-hwan Jeon for his film THE WEIGHT. He got Silver Peacock, a certificate and a cash prize of Rs. 15,00,000/- Best Actor (Male) award went to Marcin Dorocinski for his remarkable performance in Polish-Russian-German movie ROSE. The award carries Silver Peacock, Certificate and a cash prize of Rs. 10,00,000/-.

Anjali Patil's heartwarming performance in Prasanna Vithanage's Sinhala-Tamil movie WITH YOU, WITHOUT YOU won her the Best Actor (Female) award that carried Silver Peacock, a certificate and a cash prize of Rs. 10,00,000/-

Special Jury Award went to Lucy Mulloy for her Spanish movie UNA NOCHE. She got the Silver Peacock, a certificate and a cash prize of Rs. 15,00,000/-.

The IFFI this year celebrated the centenary year of Indian Cinema by bestowing the 'Centenary Film Award' to Meera Nair's THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST. This film was selected by a special jury panel for deftly showcasing the glory of cinema as a medium. It reflects a new paradigm in motion pictures in terms of aesthetics, technique and technological innovation. The award carries the Silver Peacock, a certificate and a cash prize of Rs. 10,00,000/-.

Joint Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Raghavendra Singh, Festival Director, Shankar Mohan and Secretary, Information and Public Relations, Government of Goa, Krishnamurty were also present at the closing ceremony.

Rajesh Kumar Singh