Bengalis Reign At The 64th National Film Awards


Ahana Sen Gupta, Kolkata: Bengal has always been acclaimed as the melting pot of culture and theatrical talents. The land of Tagore has given birth to stalwarts like Satyajit Ray, Ritwik Ghatak, Mrinal Sen, Rituporno Ghosh. The legacy continues with new age directors and artists proving their mettle in the national platform.

The 64th National Film Awards were announced on Friday. And adding more feathers to its cap, Bengal showed its prowess by winning awards in 4 categories.

Music had mostly dominated the scene with many Bengal bred singers gaining recognition in Bollywood categories. However, 2017 saw Iman Chakraborty winning the Best Playback Singer(Female) award for the song ‘Tumi Jake Bhalobasho’ which captures her melodic voice and has appealed much to the audience. The song from the film Praktan was penned down by Composer-lyricist Anupam Roy who bagged the Best Lyrics award for the same. The song painfully portrays the reunion of two ex-flames and has touched the right chords.

Director Kaushik Ganguly, who has many critically acclaimed films in his kitty, won his third National Award for the film ‘Bisorjon’ in the Best Bengali film category. The film is about a cross border love story starring Abir Chatterjee and Bangladeshi actress Jaya Ahsan. The film is slated to release on 14th April, 2017.

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Even in the Bollywood film industry, Bengalis haven’t failed to make us proud. ‘Pink’ the courtroom drama highlighting the plights of  women in Indian society had shaken us to the core. Amitabh Bachchan bagged awards for the Best Actor but the efforts of two Bengali minds haven’t gone unnoticed. The film ,directed by Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury and co-produced by Shoojit Sircar won the National award for being the Best Film on Social Issues. The film was hailed a commercial and critical success in the box office.

The powerhouse of talents Bengal is, few top recognitions awaits the captivating audience of the nation. Enthralled with the win, more such instances are sure to motivate budding talents who want to embark in the world of films. A proud moment for the Bengalis today!