CALCULATED: ‘Apparajito‘, the film by Anik Dutta which is inspired by the story of the making of ‘Pather Panchali’ by Satyajit Ray, won the Special Jury Prize at the BRICS Film Festival 2022. The jury of this festival was composed of the Indian director Nila Madhab Panda, Russian film specialist Nina Kochelyaeva, Brazilian curator Ilda Santiago and South African producer Thandi Davids with Chinese screenwriter Su Xiaowei as president of the jury.
Speaking of Aparajito, juror Nila Madhab Panda told TOI that it is a “very cleverly made film from the past about the greatest maestro”. “Jeetu Kamal looked stunning. I was so blown away seeing old Kolkata and the rural landscape. The mix of black and white images created a beautiful vintage canvas,” he said. Kamal told TOI, “The credit goes to the director’s vision and the producer’s support for making a movie this way..”
Cinematographer Supratim Bhol said, “I’m glad the world has started to recognize the chiaroscuro that I portrayed through my frames.”
The festival has invited films from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. While the Best Picture award went to “The Battle of Changjin Lake,” Alexey Pimanov received the Best Director award for “Eleven Silent Men.” Brazilian actor Romulo Braga received the Best Actor award for his performance in ‘Sol’ while South African actress Zikhona Bali’s performance in ‘Thando’ won her the Best Actress award.
Besides ‘Aparajito’, the other Indian film in competition was ‘Godavari’ by Nikhil Mahajan. “For me, the appreciation from moviegoers is the most important thing. This recognition means a lot to me and will surely motivate me to pursue my passion for producing good Bengali films,” producer Firdausul Hasan said.