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Rima Das' 'Bulbul Can Sing' bags top honour at MAMI

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Filmmaker Rima Das' Assamese feature "Can Sing" bagged the prestigious Golden Gateway Award at the 20th edition of Jio MAMI Film Festival with Star on Thursday.

The film marks her second consecutive win at MAMI, after her last year's victory run with "Village Rockstars", which is India's entry to

"Can Sing" is a coming-of-age drama about a teenage girl, Bulbul, living in a village in Assam, fighting her way through love and loss as she figures out who she really is.

Dedicating the award to her mother, Das sought "blessings and love" for journey of "Village Rockstars".

American filmmaker was presented the prestigious Excellence in Cinema award by filmmaker

"I have been to a few times and I love the city because it is insane. It's more insane than (It has) incredible people and More important, it is a great fountain of movies. I am thankful for this honour. I am very happy that my are watched here," Aronofsky said.

The Silver Gateway, Gold award was shared by "The Gold Laden Sheep and The Sacred Mountain by Ridham Janve and "Jonaki" by "Jonaki" also got a special mention for the award.

Kabir Chowdhry's "Mehsampur" bagged the grand jury prize for Gold.

The awards were presented by filmmakers Lucrecia Martel, and

In the International Competition category, the Golden Gateway Award went to "Manta Ray", directed by Phuttiphong Aroonpheng.

Paraguayan drama "The Heiresses" directed by bagged the Silver Gateway award.

The prize went to "The Island of Hungry Ghosts" by The special jury mention went to "Reza" by

In the Dimensions category, the Golden Gateway award went to Karan Asnani's "Sheher Ya Tum".

"Yadav Ji" directed by Nishtha Sadwelkar bagged the Silvery Gateway Award while Gilroy Rodrigues' "Metaphor" got a special mention in the Dimensions Mumbai.

The jury for the category included Bejoy Nambiar, actors and Renuka Shahane, among others.

The special award for Discovering went to "Lovesick" directed by and The 70-minute documentary follows recipient Dr Suniti Solomon, who discovered India's first case of HIV in 1986.

"Lovesick" chronicles her way to help fight the epidemic by becoming a matchmaker to the spouses for her HIV+ patients.

The Award for best film on gender equality was bagged by Ivan Ayar's "Soni".

The film, starring Geetika Vidya Ohlyan and Saloni Batra, explores the lives of two policewomen and how the two female officers react to the rise of sexual violence in the capital of the country.

"Winning the award is a big honour and it brings a great amount of credibility to the film's intentions and its achievement. As a filmmaker it encourages me to continue to tell stories that are about the human condition and human experiences, oblivious to the gender of the character," Ivan said.

"Sivaranjani and Two Other Men" by Vasanth S Sai and "Jonaki" directed by got special jury mention for gender equality.

The award for the Best Large Short Film went to "New Year's Eve" by Pranav Bhasin. went to "Dil" directed by Aadish Keluskar.

The Golden Gateway for the Best Short Film, 5-9 years, in the Half Ticket category went to "Listen" by while "Amelia" by directors and was adjudged the winner of Golden Gateway, 9+ years category.

Priya Ramasubban's "Chuskit" received the Golden Gateway for the Best Feature (5-9 years) in the Half Ticket section whereas the best feature, 9+ years, in the Half Ticket category went to Denis Do's "Funan".

Soha Ali Khan's debut novel "Perils of Being Moderately Famous" bagged the Book Award for Excellence in writing on Cinema (English).

and Nirupama Kotru, Director Films, presented the award to the

The Book Award for Excellence in Writing on Cinema, Language in Focus Malayalam went to for his "100 Varsham, 100 Cinemakal." The Special Jury Mention went to "Start Action: Musings of a Moviemaker" by

This year with Star commemorated the life and incredible career of Sridevi and honoured her with the MAMI for her exceptional contribution to

At the closing ceremony, filmmaker Gauri Shinde gave the "English Vinglish" star an emotional

MAMI announced that the 21st edition of the festival will be held from October 17 to 24.

The opening film of this year's edition was Vasan Bala's "Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota" while "Widows", directed by Steve McQueen, closed the festival.

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First Published: Thu, November 01 2018. 23:00 IST