The Jagran Film Festival Concludes with The Awards Night In Mumbai.

Entertainment | October 10, 2016 | Guest Article

Jagran Film Festival Gitikka Ganju Dhar JW Marriott

16 towns, 400 screenings, 16 cinema appreciation workshops, an audience of over 50,000 people touched directly and 50 Million touched virtually — this is the reach of The Jagran Film Festival, an initiative of  the Jagran Group to help foster a culture of cinema appreciation, and to create a stage where filmmakers and audiences come together to experience good cinema.

The festival started its journey from the capital city of Delhi and travelled through Kanpur, Lucknow, Allahabad, Varanasi, Agra, Meerut, Dehradun, Hisar, Ludhiana, Patna, Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Raipur, Indore, and Bhopal. The journey culminated in Mumbai with the Jagran Film Festival Awards 2016. This also makes it, geographically the largest film festival in the world.

The festival received an overwhelming response from across the globe, transcending geographical boundaries, surpassing cultures and trumping languages. A record 3000 entries were received for the 7th edition of the Jagran Film Festival. Basant Rathore, Senior VP, Strategic Planning, Brand and Business Development at Jagran Group; Mayank Shekhar, Broadcaster, Journalist, and Author; and Manoj Srivastava, Strategic Consultant at Jagran Film Festival set the ball rolling at the event that was held at JW Marriott Hotel, Juhu, Mumbai on September 30.

Two-time National Award Winning Actor Sarika, who headed a five-member Indian Feature Film Jury for the festival’s prestigious section, ‘Indian Showcase’, apprised the audience of the workings of the jury.

Filmmakers were awarded across many categories that included Best Ad Seller, Best Short Film, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Set Design, Best Sound, Best Editing, Best Singer Male, Best Singer Female, Best Background Score, Best Music Direction, Best Costume Design, Special Jury Award, Special Jury Award – Short, Special Mention – Short, Best Critic, Best Short Film Award, Best Debut Director, Best Female Actor, Best Male Actor, Best Director and the most awaited category, Best feature Film. Manoj Bajpai and Randeep Hooda shared the Best Actor Award for their roles in the films Aligarh and Sarbjit, respectively. Sairat was declared the Best Feature Film. Swara Bhaskar took home the Best Female Actor trophy for her real portrayal as the lead protagonist in the film Nil Battey Sannata, an Indian comedy drama film artfully directed by Ashwini Iyer Tiwari.

Stand-up comedians Atul Khattri and Azeem Banatwala entertained the audience.  It was a special recognition that brought the evening to its fitting end. The recognition, Icon of Indian Cinema, was presented to veteran Indian actor Shri Prem Chopra.

The guests then mingled and chatted over dinner. The paparazzi did their job and clicked many a frame. As host, I was tackling a lot backstage, but I had able and kind support from the Dainik Jagran team, who I look forward to working with again.

It was a grand evening. I thoroughly enjoyed hosting the proceedings. After all, I was born filmy, you see!

The festival started its journey in Delhi and travelled through 15 cities before culminating in the Awards Night on September 30 at the JW Marriott Hotel, Juhu.

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