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Director Arnab Middya's Andarkahini wins Best Debut Film award in Sri Lanka

The director won the award at the Jaffna International Cinema Festival in the island country.

Roushni Sarkar

First-time director Middya received the Best Debut Film award at Jaffna International Cinema Festival, Sri Lanka.

Speaking about his experience in the island country, the director said, “After the award ceremony, when I was coming out from the hall, a local resident started crying and held my hands. Andarkahini disturbed him a lot and he could not watch the next two films on that day inspite of having tickets, as some scenes from the film were straight from his life.”

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The director was overwhelmed with the response and even saw a few women wiping their tears while watching the climax of the film.

“A jury [member] associated with the highly prestigious Cairo International Film Festival was present there. She asked me to send the online link of the film so that she could share it with her daughter as the film touched her a lot,” the proud director said.

The award came with a citation that read — "Andarkahini is based on finely crafted script with very, very powerful acting and beautifully designed music."

Andarkahini premiered at the Marche Du Film section at Festival de Cannes 2018 and has been screened at 19 national and international film festivals, winning 10 awards so far.

Actress Priyanka Sarkar, who essayed four different roles in the film, won the Best Actress Awards at Hyderabad Bengali Film Festival, Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival 2018, Accolade Global Film Competition Awards (2017) and the Lake City International Film Festival 2018.  

The film, with bold statement on the nuances of intimate relationship of female characters, has also won the Best Film (Jury) Award at the Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival 2018, Best Director Award at the Buddha International Film Festival 2018 and Best Experimental Film Award at the Lake City International Film Festival 2018.