Like every year, there has been a lot of excitement about who is going to win big at the 63rd National Film Awards. So cutting it short, here’s the main set of awards for the northeast.
Best Assamese film: Kothanodi
Kothanodi is an Assamese language feature film written and directed by Bhaskar Hazarika and stars Seema Biswas, Adil Hussain, Zerifa Wahid, Urmila Mahanta, Kopil Bora and Asha Bordoloi. The story of the film is based on folktales from Assam
Best Bodo film: Dau Huduni Methai
Dau Huduni Methai is a 2015 Bodo language drama film directed by Manju Borah; based on the Assamese novel Dao Hudur Gaan written by Rashmirekha Bora.
Best Khasi film: Onaatah
Pradip Kurbah-directed Onaatah -“a sensitive portrayal of a rape victim in the course of her revival in the healing background of the tribal setting” – has been selected the best Khasi film.
Best Manipuri film: Eibusu Yaohanbiyu
Maipaksana Haorongbam-directed best Manipuri film was Eibusu Yaohanbiyu. It is “a moving film about the victory of a differently-abled boy’s attempt to join a football team”.
Best Mizo film: Kima’s lode Beyond The Class
Kima’s Lode Beyond the Class, directed by Zualaa Chhangte, was described as “an adventurous coming-of-age story of a boy in pristine environment of Mizoram,” was selected the best Mizo film.
Best Wancho film: The Head Hunter
The Head Hunter, “a cinematic contemplation on the lives of the Wancho community regarding the balance required in modernising tribal environment while intruding and displacing their lifestyle”, was captured by Nilanjan Datta and selected the best Wancho film.
The film also happens to be the first in the Wancho language of Arunachal Pradesh.
Best Film on Social Issues: Auto Driver
Auto Driver, directed by Manipur’s Longjam Meena Devi, has been selected the best film on social issues.
Best Investigative Film: Tezpur 1962
Samujjal Kashyap-directed Tezpur 1962 has been selected the best investigative film.
Best Film Critic of The Year : Meghachandra Kongbam
Meghachandra Kongbam – adjudged the best film critic of the year – made Manipur proud. Kongbam interprets the world of Indian cinema for his readers in Manipuri.