NEW DELHI, April 13 - In a breakthrough moment for Assamese cinema, Rima Das� directorial Village Rockstars was named the Best Feature Film at the 65th National Film Awards here today. It is after 30 years that an Assamese film has won the honour.
Rima Das, who is the producer and director of the film, was awarded the Swarna Kamal Award which carries Rs 2,50,000 each for the producer and director.
Jahnu Barua�s Halodhia Choraye Baodhan Khai had won the award in 1987 last. The chairpersons of the three juries (Feature, Non-feature and Writing) for the 65th National Film Awards announced the awards. This year, the jury was headed by director Shekhar Kapur. The jury panel has 10 members which included screenwriter Imtiaz Hussain, lyricist Mehboob, South Indian actress Gautami Tadimalla, Kannada director P Sheshadri, Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, Ranjit Das, Rajesh Mapuskar, Tripurari Sharma and Rumi Jaffrey.
The National Film Awards will be presented by President Ram Nath Kovind on May 3.
Das� directorial film also won a number of other awards in different categories.
Utpal Borpujari�s maiden film Ishu won the best Assamese film. The film was produced by Children�s Film Society, India. Borpujari has been awarded Rajat Kamal Award, which carries a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh each for the producer and director.
Meanwhile, Village Rockstars also won the Best Child Artist Award and Bhanita Das was given the coveted Rajat Kamal Award, which carries a cash prize of Rs 50,000. Set in Rima�s own village Chhaygaon, Village Rockstars is the story of �poor but amazing children� who live a fun-filled life.
The film also won the Best Audiography Award and the award went to Mallika Das, who was given the Rajat Kamal Award, which carries a cash prize of Rs 50,000.
Village Rockstars also won the Best Editing Award and the Rajat Kamal Award went to Rima Das.
Meanwhile, talking to this newspaper, Borpujari, director of Ishu, said he was delighted that his first feature film won the Best Film in the Indian Language Category.
He also said it is a great news for the Assamese film industry because after 30 years, a film from the State has won the best film award.