National Film Awards: Bollywood Completely Sidelined, Assamese Film Village Rockstars Wins Best Film

The word  is  out. This  year at the 65th National  film awards  with a jury headed by Shekhar Kapur has decided  to completely  sideline Hindi and Bollywood cinema.Not a single  major award has gone to any Hindi film, actor or filmmaker this year.

While the  Jury’s  decision will be officially announced later , I am happy to  inform  that the National Award   for  Best Film has gone to an Assamese film Village Rockstars  scripted and directed  by debutante Rima Das.

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The  film set in a  remote village  of Assam tells  the  story  of a 10-year old girl Dhunu (Bhanita Das) who aspires  to be  a musician and dreams  of  owning a guitar. Interestingly  the director Rima Das has no formal training  in  filmmaking.

Says a source  close  to the  Jury, “This  year the jury headed by Shekhar Kapur has  recognized  fresh talent  from across India including a  fabulous  film from Laskshadweep.  The  best film,  hands-down was Rima Das’s  Village Rockstars.”

Amit Masurkar’s Newton has  won the National award for  Best Hindi film. The Best Actor and  Best Actress awards have been gone for a Bengali and a Malayalam film, respectively.

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