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SAARC Film Festival: Child artiste Vaishnavi Tangde bags Best Actress award for Kshitij: A Horizon

Kshitij director Manouj Kadaamh bagged the Special Jury award while Rahul Bose's Poorna took the award for Best Screenplay.

Still from Kshitij; (right) Vaishnavi Tangde

Mayur Lookhar

The curtains came down yesterday on the eighth SAARC Film Festival in Colombo, Sri Lanka, with some cheer for India, which bagged four awards.

 Kshitij: A Horizon director Manouj Kadaamh won the Special Jury award while the Marathi film’s child artiste, Vaishnavi Tangde, bagged the Best Actress award.

Rahul Bose's film Poorna won the award for Best Screenplay for Prashant Pandey and Shreya Dev Verma. And GI, a short film directed by Kunjila Mascillamani, a former student of the Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute in Kolkata, bagged the award for Best Short Film.

Kadaamh shared pictures of the award-winning moment and the two trophies.

Manouj Kadaamh receives the Special Jury award at the SARRC Film Festival 2018

Kshitij: A Horizon was screened at the International Film Festival of India in Goa last year, where it won the ICFT UNESCO Gandhi medal.

The film tells the story of Vacchi (Tangde), a poor farmer's 12-year-old daughter who is keen on education but faces great obstacles in pursuing her right. The film touched upon the issues of girls' right to education and of farmer suicides.

The film was also screened at the Marche Du Film section at Cannes last year.

Tauquir Ahmed’s Bangladeshi film Halda won the Best Feature Film award at the SAARC festival. Sri Lanka’s Prasanna Jayakody took the Best Director award for his film 28 while his lead actor Mahendra Perera bagged the Best Actor award.