boy Siliguri leads the Bengal contingent at the 67th National Film Awards | Calcutta News
Calcutta: A large contingent from Bengal was awarded the National Film Awards in Delhi in the long and non-long categories. In addition to two gold lotus winners (Sudhanshu Saria and Sohini Chattopadhyay), several silver lotuses were awarded to people with a connection to Bengal.
The Golden Lotus for Best Director in the non-feature film category went to Siliguri-born Sudhanshu Saria for his psychological thriller “Knock Knock Knock”. The prize also includes a cash prize of Rs 1,50,000. In the process of writing the third season of ‘Delhi Crime’, Saria describes her film as “a game of cat and mouse between a Bengali in his sixties. ‘years designing the perfect crossword and a Nepali boy in his twenties who decides to cut him off. ” .
Shantilal Mukherjee embodies this elderly gentleman who has followed a routine for 22 years of his life where 11 months of office work earns him his annual month of happiness in Darjeeling which he devotes to designing the perfect crosswords. “Not only is the idea unique, but Sudhanshu’s style of work made me go back to my theater days with Ramaprasad Banik where he wanted us to delve deeper into the life stories of the characters,” Shantilal said.
In the feature films section, the Silver Lotus winners included Prabuddha Banerjee for background music (“Jyeshthoputro”), Kaushik Ganguly for best original screenplay (“Jyeshthoputro”) and Srijit Mukherji for best suited screenplay (“ Gumnaami ”). Directors Farha Khatoon (director of best social film – ‘Holy Rights’), Bauddhayan Mukherji (best promotional film – ‘The Shower’), Shantanu Sen (director of best conservation / environmental preservation film – ‘Water Burial’ ), Bimal Poddar (director of best animated film – ‘Radha’), Saptarshi Sarkar (on-site sound engineer of ‘Rahas’) and Arjun Gourisaria (for the cut of ‘Shut Up Sona’) won the lotus of money in the non-feature film section.
The Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute’s production “Oru Paathiraa Swapnam Pole”, directed by Sharan Venugopal, also won a Silver Lotus. “Gumnaami” won a Silver Lotus for Best Bengali Feature Film. On social media, Srijit said it was the “fifth individual national award and tenth for the team.” Kaushik said: “Only one Bengali film will win the national award for best Bengali film. But it’s special when Srijit, Prabuddha and I are competing nationally for the best background music or best screenplay awards. Farha told TOI that the recognition of a documentary on triple talaq “encourages” independent filmmakers like her to keep doing a good job.