Even for an actor like Pran who has won more awards than he can count, the Bimal Roy Award for Lifetime Achievement is special. His association with the legendary director, Bimal Roy, goes back to the early 1950s when both of them were at the peak of their creative powers. The two created cinema which has become celluloid history and been immortalized in the hearts of innumerable fans: Biraj Bahu (1954), Devdas (1955) and Madhumati (1958).
Affectionately known as Nairsaheb to innumerable film students, he can be called the walking encyclopedia of Indian cinema. Born in Trivandrum (1933) Nairsaheb is an acclaimed Film Archivist, film teacher and festival consultant. To him belongs the honour of being the chief architect of the NFAI (National Film Archive of India). For three decades, right from its inception in the mid sixties, he raised it to an institution of international reckoning.
To read between the lines in Vikramaditya Motwane’s fine cinematic piece was so intense that the effectual brimming of tears in the experience was inevitable. The pace of the film is unhurried and yet it uses its motions to create the required push-pull as you watch the story of a boy coming of age unfold far away from the popcorn heartaches of teenagers. BRMFS proudly welcomes an outstanding new talent who has made a dazzling debut.
This gentle Sound Engineer from the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, is gifted with the most astute ears and a refined sensibility between them that has dedicated itself to the rise of the ‘Indian New Wave’. Perhaps the only sound baron to have participated in all sound processes from ‘maintenance’ to ‘mixing’, Paddy (that’s what friends shout out) has guarded the design of every film he has contributed to, many a times over and above his call of duty, not limiting it to the soundtrack alone.