Hindu-Muslim unity wins top prize at London Indian Film Festival

Vastavam web: A new film about Hindu-Muslim unity bagged the top prize at the annual London Indian Film Festival (LIFF).”A Billion Colour Story”, produced by Bollywood filmmaker Satish Kaushik and directed by Padmakumar Narasimhamurthy, won the Audience Award at the festival last evening for what was described as a heart-warming tale.Other special awards presented by the festival, now in its eighth year and backed by the Bagri Foundation, included three Sunmark ICON Awards for South Asian directors who have made a global contribution to cinema Adoor Gopalakrishnan from Kerala, Ashutosh Gowariker from Mumbai and documentary filmmaker Pratibha Parmar from London.

LIFF’s annual Satyajit Ray Short Film Award went to the film “Papa”, directed by Siddharth Chauhan.”I was fighting depression and trying to win over myself in many ways, when I decided to take the challenge of making this film.”I didn’t have a single penny and no professional assistance, but with a deep prayer in my heart and with the support of my friends in Shimla, we begged, borrowed and did everything we could, to make this film in the best possible way. It wasn’t easy for us, but I guess all the effort was worth it,” Chauhan said