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Rainbow Jelly wins in major categories at Hyderabad Bengali Film Festival


Young actor Mahabratu Basu, a special child, won the award for the Best Actor and Arghyakamal Mitra received the award for the Best Editor.

Roushni Sarkar

Soukarya Ghosal’s Rainbow Jelly was awarded in four categories at the Hyderabad Bengali Film Festival. While young actor Mahabratu Basu, a special child, won the award for the Best Actor and Arghyakamal Mitra received the award for the Best Editor; the awards for the Best Screenplay and Best Films in both popular and jury categories went to Ghosal.

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The recognition beyond the state have raised Ghosal’s hopes manifold as his independent film has only been screened a limited number of theatres in the city, though, with mostly houseful shows. While majority of the promotions so far have been through word-of-mouth, the film has got a good response from the audience at both, the Bengaluru Bengali Film Festival and Hyderabad Bengali Film Festival.

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Actress Priyanka Sarkar received the award for Best Actress for her much appreciated performances in Arnab Midya’s Andarkahini (2017). The actress also received the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for the same. “This film will always be close to my heart as I was going through a very challenging phase of my life at the time the film was shot. Andarkahini helped me to cope and come out of the difficulty. Thanks to the jury for selecting me for the honour and the whole team of the film and finally my audience for keeping their trust in me,” Sarkar said while receiving the honour.

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Also, Parambrata Chatterjee's upcoming film Shonar Pahar (2018), starring Tanuja Mukherjee, Srijato Bandopadhyay, Soumitra Chatterjee, Jisshu Sengupta and the director himself, will have its first screening at the festival. The film will hit the theatre screens on 6 July.