16-Mar-2015: Acclaimed director of 'Lunch box,' Ritesh Batra; yesteryear's superstar Bollywood diva, Nimmi; writer, actor, director and producer Zeeshan Quadri and actor, director, writer and singer Piyush Mishra recently attended Aligarh Muslim University's eighth Annual International Film Festival, 'Film Saaz' at the Kennedy Auditorium.
Maaria Sayed's 'Abida' received the best film in the International Category while 'Agham' Guhan Senniappan was judged as the best film in the National Category. M Asim Qamar for 'Muftnosh' bagged the best director award in the National category and Fruta Podrida for 'Sergie Arnau' was given best director award for International Films category.
Mark Hawkins and Lubna Saleem received the best actors male and female for 'Spoons' and 'Abida' in International category while Paramjhot and Snehal Kadwadkar for 'The Dream' and 'Agamyagaman' received the awards in the National category.
Best story awards went to Guhan Senniyappan for 'Agham' and Bijoy Lona for 'Miracle Babies' in the National and International categories. Best Screenplay was given to Karungu for 'Raana' in the National category while Madonne M Ashwin for 'Dharman' received best screenplay award in the International category.
The other awards in the National category included best cinematography: Raana for Karungu; best editing: Sudhashish and Rajat Diwan for Khudiram; best sound mixing award: Sundaramurthy K for Agham; best documentary: Qaazi Zaid and Sheikh Saaliq; best animation: Aroop Dwivedi for AAI; best music video: Karan Amanth for Namana; best ad film/experimental: Neha Rafi and Zoya Khanam for Sutta Nation and best popular film was received by M Rehan Irfan for Khwahishein.
While, the remaining awards in the International Category included best cinematography: Juhi Sharma for Podhum Ponnu; best editing: Ignatious Aswin for The Closet Lover; best sound mixing: Simon Lebel for Black Night; best documentary: Muhammad Faisal K for I Cant Be Mad at Allah; best animation: Prashant Shikare for Komal; best music video: Ankush Kathuria for Dacait and best ad film/experimental: Yasif Eqbal for DSLR BABA.
"It is interesting to see youth making realistic films and portraying real life incidents and experiences on screen in an interesting manner," said Mr Ritesh Batra, who attended 'Film Saaz' as Chief Guest.
He said that he is impressed with the quality of movies which came this year in the festival and expressed best wishes to all the Film-Makers.
While sharing life experiences, Piyush Mishra motivated students attending the festival to grow in the careers. During an interactive session with students, Piyush Mishra also performed his best songs in the Kennedy Auditorium.
"I am overwhelmed by the audience response to my presence at Kennedy Auditorium and I thank everyone for the love and respect I have received," said Nimmi.
Zeishan Quadri, who wrote the story and co-wrote the screenplay for the Bollywood crime genre film Gangs of Wasseypur, innaugurated the event and had an interactive session with students. He said that there is a lot of potential in the students of AMU and they need to get serious with the work to get into film making careers. He also assured the students that he is always there to help and promote anyone who is enthused to get into film making.
"A virtual treat for over 20,000 people who attended the festival, the two-day carnival of acclaimed movies from all continents received more than 200 entries of films," said Secretary of AMU Film Club, Omair Iftikhar. He added, While 75 were international films from countries like France, Spain, United Kingdom and Israel, the rest were movies from various states in India which included Jammu and Kashmir, Tamil Nadu, Assam, Manipur and Maharashtra.
Earlier film festivals in AMU have been attended by cinema personalities like Nawazuddin Sidduqui, Adil Hussain, Tom Alter, Sudhir Mishra, Imtiyaz Ali, Tigmanshu Dhulia and their ilk.