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Awards pile up for Madhumita Sundararaman's KD

The film won its young actor, Nagavishal, the Best Actor award at the recent 10th Jagran Film Festival. 

Shriram Iyengar

After wowing audiences at the 10th Jagran Indian Film Festival, Madhumita Sundararaman's KD (Karuppu Durai) has gone on to win quite a few hearts across film festivals. Since its world premiere in UK back in April, the film has now been showcased across 10 major film festivals, winning awards at six of them. 

KD review: A journey back into childhood with two fantastic and lively characters

Written and directed by Madhumita Sundararaman, KD captures the unlikely tale of friendship between an 80-year-old man trying to live out his last years and an 8-year-old orphan. 

Manoj Bajpayee with Nagavishal

The film was screened at the 10th Jagran Film Festival earlier this month, where the 8-year-old Nagavishal won the Best Actor award. Since then, KD has been selected for Asian American International Film Festival in New York, and also won the Jury award at Singapore South Asian Film Festival. Madhumita Sundararaman won the Best Director award at the Indian Film Festival of Cincinatti. The cast also won the Unorthodox Roleplay award at the Caleidoscope Indian Film Festival in Boston. 

Speaking of the reception, Sundararaman said in a press note, "The response people have had to KD has been overwhelming. The film is all heart and its endearing when audiences connect with it and take with them a sense of hope and self-belief. The biggest recognition for a filmmaker is seeing an audience laugh, cry and smile with your characters, and in that sense, KD has given me all of that and more. As a team, we are humbled by such laurels and recognition as these are evidence of the audience loving and relating to our KD and Kutty as much as we have." 

Siddharth Anand Kumar, producer at Yoodlee Films said, "KD is a film that reiterated our efforts to expand our content into other genres and languages. We want our films to engage viewers with its sheer brilliance of storytelling and simplicity. It’s gratifying to see the film do so well and travel the world."