Rishi Kapoor, Dharmendra win awards at film festival

March 14th, 2008 - 11:56 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Taare Zameen Par

Mumbai, March 14 (IANS) Call it a coincidence or good work. Bollywood heartthrob of the 1980s, Rishi Kapoor is the only actor honoured with two Lifetime Achievement Awards within a span of one month, in recognition for his contributions to the Hindi cinema. Kapoor, the original teenage hero who had a Bollywood career spanning four decades, received the first honour at the 53rd Filmfare Award late last month, followed by the 10th International Film Festival, Mumbai, MAMI, which ended Friday.

Since his debut as a child actor in his father Raj Kapoor’s magnum opus “Mera Neem Joker,” Rishi Kapoor blitzed across the Indian screen as a teenage hero again in his father’s spectacular hit “Bobby,” He has played a wide variety of roles in the last four decades with distinction.

Kapoor, naturally, was overwhelmed with all the attention focused on him after a period of lull in his career.

“I am touched, very much touched,” Kapoor said in a choked voice as his father’s contemporary, the inimitable and irrepressible Bollywood star-director-writer-producer Dev Anand, handed over the award to him at the closing ceremony of the 10th International Film Festival, Mumbai.

The veteran swashbuckling hero of the ’70s and ’80s, Dharmendra was also accorded the similar honour by the Mumbai Academy of the Moving Images (MAMI), the organizer of the festival.

To the 72-year old actor, who came from rural Punjab and then lorded over the glamour world of movies, the Lifetime Achievement Award means a lot, particularly because in his four-decade-long stint the awards had always eluded him at thep peak of his career. He got the Filmfare’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997.

“I am indebted to the trustees of the MAMI that they thought me fit for this rare honour. For me, this award is priceless,” said the veteran actor.

The MAMI also honoured two other veterans, lyricist Gulzar and sound-recordist Hitendra Ghosh, bestowing them with the Lifetime Achievement Awards.

When a five-member international jury and a three-member FIPRESCI (international critics organization) jury selected the Marathi movie, “Tingya,” produced with a modest budget by television veteran Ravi Rai for Small Town Boy Productions, it was hailed as the best choice.

The movie is about a village boy (Sharad Goekar) and his bull and psychological trauma he goes through when it is sent to the slaughter house to get another one in exchange.

Written and directed by Mangesh Hadawale, the movie had already received a host of local and international awards. It has been dubbed in 67 languages.

Director Shivaji Chandrabhushan’s “Frozen” received a Special Prize.

The jury also made a special mention of actress Swati Sen for her role in “Antwardanda” and Darsheel Safary, the child actor who endeared himself to the audience for enacting a dyslexia-afflicted child in Aamir Khan’s “Taare Zameen Par’.

In order to nurture fresh talent and provide a platform to new generation of filmmakers, Bollywood actress Jaya Bachchan, who is one of the trustees of the MAMI, introduced a new section called ‘Dimensions Mumbai’ in the festival this year.

Digital movies under five minutes of duration, depicting various aspects of life in Mumbai, were invited for this section.

“Vaapsi,”directed by Srinivas Sunderrajan, was adjudged the best entry and director received a cash prize of Rs.100,000 which was handed over to him by Bollywood diva Ashwarya Rai-Bachchan.

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