Children's Film Society, India (CFSI)-backed "Gauru: Journey of Courage" won two awards for best performances in acting at the 13th China International Children's film festival last month. Child actor Ritwik Sahore won the award for best performance, while singer-actress Ila Arun was adjudged the best adult performer for her role in the movie, a CFSI release said. Ritwik had also regaled the audiences in his earlier films like "Ferrari Ki Sawaari" and "Dangal". The awards, presented at the 13th China International Children's film festival held from November 15 to 19, carried a cash prize of 20,000 yuan (Rs 1.9 lakh) each, the release added. "We (CFSI) are very happy to receive the awards.
It is a proud moment for India. CFSI is committed to making films which are entertaining and message-oriented for children and we shall continue to put in our best in this endeavour," Shravan Kumar, CEO of CFSI, said in a statement. There were 20 films selected from all over the world in the competition category. "Gauru" was the sole entry from India and the film was the only one that won more than one award at the festival, the release said. Entirely shot in Rajashthan, the film, directed by Ramkishan Nandram Choyal, tells the story of 13-year-old boy Gauru, who undertakes a difficult task to take his sick grandmother to her village though he has not seen the place. The film shows the child's arduous journey in the desert areas of Rajasthan to reach her grandmother's village just to make her happy though his elders advise him not to go there.
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