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Kaushik Ganguly named Best Director for Apur Panchali at IFFI 2013

By NewsDesk • Published on November 30, 2013

apur panchaliKaushik Ganguly won the Best Director Award of the 44th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) for Apur Panchali. The award comprises of Silver Peacock, Certificate and a cash prize of Rs. 1.5 million (USD 24000).

Apur Panchali (Apu’s Song) is a real-life story inspired by Subir Banerjee, the child actor who played the iconic role of Apu in Satyajit Ray’s Pather Panchali. The film released theatrically in August 1955 and it has been 58 long years hence. But ironically Subir never became a part of any film again in his entire life. On his way to receive an award in a film festival in Germany, he reminisces about his life.

Beatriz’s war from East Timor bagged the Golden Peacock for Best Film and a cash prize of Rs. 4 million (USD 64000). The film is directed by Luigi Acquisto and Bety Reis.

Alon Moni Aboutboul won the Best Actor (Male) award for his performance in A Place in Heaven while Polish actress Magdalena Boczarska won the Best Actor (Female) award for the film In Hiding.

Onur Unlu won the Special Jury Award for the film Thou Gilds’t The Even.

Meghe Dhaka Tara directed by Kamaleswar Mukherjee won the Centenary Award 2013. The award, comprising a Silver Peacock, Certificate and a cash prize of Rs. 1 million (USD 16000), was instituted in 2012 for a feature film that “reflects a new paradigm in motion pictures in terms of aesthetics, technique or technological innovation.”

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One Response to “Kaushik Ganguly named Best Director for Apur Panchali at IFFI 2013”

  1. PRADIP BISWAS, THE INDIAN EXPRESS, INDIA says:

    APU’S SONG: A FILM WITH OVERDOSE OF NOSTALGIA..
    BY PRADIP BISWAS, THE INDIAN EXPRESS NEWSPAPERS, INDIA

    JURY MEMBER OF INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF INDIA AND FRIBOURG INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, SWISS

    44TH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF INDIA,GOA, 2013

    Satyajit Ray made a film called Pather Panchali which took the world by storm and placed Indian cinema firmly on the TOPOLOGY of world cinema. The child Apu was played by a Calcutta boy, Subir Banerjee. Once and once only.
    Apu seems to be immortalized in the history of world cinema. Subir Banerjee, the actor, went miles away from acting in films not because he was unwilling but he was never called for again to act for silver screen. So as a natural cause he seems to remain shadow of one character only and only for ever.
    Once this critic, Subir and Tapen Chatterjee (Goopy) went to attend an ovation to be given to us at Chandannagar. While talking about memories, pent up in him, he did not reveal much as his father was against his taking part in cinema. But he never forgot to mention the great Ray for whom he is a celebrity for a certain period of time. In the meantime Subir has become a non-entity, to befrank. Neither he comes to films shown at the International Film Festivals in Calcutta or elsewhere. His passion for cinema is long dead.
    However, it is Kaushik who hooked on to him to makehis film, a pursuit of his dogged tenacity. Subir is still a mere shadow of memory. This is sad but very true. Fortunately, the film won the Silver Peacock for the director at the International Film Festival of India 2013. He is falsely compared to Jackie Coogan; it is wrong to say that Coogan lost track of cinema. This is why Coogan appeared on the Stage along with Chaplin for the last time on stage. His family members crowded at Cannes stage.
    Subir is welcome to appreciation that is natural. But many critics have found in the film overdose of dead past and inactive memories remaining so cold in Subir. Can the director gainsay it? This is not a biopic and so idolizing a little child actor to great Illiad!!!

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