January 23rd, 2010
Antaheen wins four national awards including ‘Best Film’
MUMBAI - Bengali film “Antaheen” was declared the best feature film at the 56th National Film Awards announced Saturday. The Juries for Feature Film, Non-Feature Film and for Best Writing on Cinema presented their report to the Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni. The awards will be conferred by the President of India in March 2010.
MUMBAI - Bengali film "Antaheen" was declared the best feature film at the 56th National Film Awards announced Saturday. The Juries for Feature Film, Non-Feature Film and for Best Writing on Cinema presented their report to the Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni. The awards will be conferred by the President of India in March 2010.
Antaheen also won the Award for Best Cinematography - Avik Mukhopadhyay , Best Lyrics and Best Female Playback Singer - Shreya Ghosal category.
The film was awarded the Swarna Kamal and a cash prize of Rs 250,000. Ghosal and Mukhopadhyay were honoured with the Rajat Kamal and
a cash prize of Rs 50,000 each.
Directed by Aniruddha Roy Chowdhary, the film stars Rahul Bose, Radhika Apte, Aparna Sen, Sharmila Tagore and Mita Vashisth.
Roy Chowdhary said, "While making a film, a director wants to tell a story about people he knows and Antaheen is all about different kinds of people. Antaheen is a journey of different characters as they explore relationships and discover a strong urban loneliness which ultimately binds them together. It is also a very personal journey for me. I would like to thank Mumbai Mantra for supporting me and having faith in me for making
a regional film. I would also like to share this momentous occasion with all those associated with this film and look forward to many more such successes."
Bose added, "This is fantastic news. I am happy for Aniruddha who has gotten this honour in his second film. This is a great victory for small art house cinema at a time when its very existence is in danger."
The film revolves around Abhik Chowdhury (Rahul Bose), an IPS officer, Honest and upright Abhik Chowdhury is a laid back police officer with
a heart. Having lost faith in real life relationships, Abhik begins to seek solace in the virtual world.
He soon develops an online relationship with a young woman, Brinda (Radhika Apte) , a television journalist who is unaware of Abhik’s true identity,as is the case vice versa. Over the course of time, their online communication results in an increasingly intense relationship.
Ironically, the two virtual lovers have an acrimonious first meeting in the real world. Unaware that Brinda knows Abhik so well, she gets into
a bitter exchange of words with him.
As the film progresses, Abhik, Brinda, and the many individuals linked to them pursue a journey full of twists and turns that change their lives forever.