National award for second film, ‘Nirop’ director thrilled

City-based director Sachin Kundalkar was all elated after hearing the news that his Marathi film 'Nirop' got National Award for the Best Marathi Film on Monday. This is the first National Award for the director and that too for his second film. Interestingly, it did not receive any state-level award. The film produced by Aparna Dharmadhikari was released in 2007 starring Sameer Dharmadhikari and Devika Daftardar.

The citation for the award terms it as an original offbeat film that gives a fresh perspective of the internal landscapes of human mind.

"It is a great boost for me as I got this award only in the second attempt though it was unexpected," said Kundalkar whose recently released third film 'Gandh' is also getting accolades in various film festivals.

"The juries have tried to give boost to the young and upcoming filmmakers, which is a good sign," he said.

Kundalkar said he feels Marathi audiences should come out of the comedy genre and start accepting other genres too. "I am doing films in Marathi, as the regional language cinema also should have a potential stand on global platform," he said. Meanwhile, one more Marathi legendary director Dr Jabbar Patel has got mention in the National Awards as 'Antardhwani', a film directed by him won the Best Biographical Film Award. "The film creatively brings out the life and times of Santoor maestro Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma in his journey to revive the lost music of the Santoor and place it on the world stage. The pace and rhythm of the film is in tune with the melodious music of the Santoor," says the citation.

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