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'Take Off' takes Malayalam cinema to new heights at IFFI 2017

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'Take Off' takes Malayalam cinema off to new heights at IFFI 2017 Parvathy won the recognition for her stunning portrayal of Sameera, a Keralite nurse stuck in war-torn Iraq.

Panaji: Mahesh Narayanan's directorial debut Take Off, the only Malayalam feature film screened at the 48th International Film Festival of India (IFFI), has made it big at the festival, winning two major awards.

The survival thriller, narrating the tale of a Keralite nurses' struggles in war-torn Iraq, won the Special Jury Award while its lead actress Parvathy Thiruvoth Kottuvata won the Silver Peacock for the Best Actress.

French film 120 Beats Per Minute was adjudged the Best Film. The film, directed by Morocco born French director Robin Campillo, is set in France in the 1990s and deals with homosexuality and the struggles of those suffering from AIDS. The film, starring Nahuel Perez Biscayart, Arnaud Valois and Adele Haenel, had its world premiere at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.

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    Bhumi Pednekar on the International Film Festival of India 2017 red carpet. Photo: PIB

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    Huma Qureshi on the International Film Festival of India 2017 red carpet. Photo: PIB

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    Pooja Hegde on the International Film Festival of India 2017 red carpet. Photo: PIB

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    Akshay Kumar, Sushant Singh Rajput and Sidharth Malhotra on the International Film Festival of India 2017 red carpet. Photo: PIB

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    Union minister Alphons Kannanthanam on the International Film Festival of India 2017 red carpet. Photo: PIB

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    Zaira Wasim on the International Film Festival of India 2017 red carpet. Photo: PIB

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    Sonali Bindre on the International Film Festival of India 2017 red carpet. Photo: PIB

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    Amitabh Bachchan on the International Film Festival of India 2017 red carpet. Photo: PIB

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The Golden Peacock Award for Best Film carries a cash prize of Rs 4 million (Rs 40 lakh) to be shared equally between the producer and the director, trophy and the citation.

Chinese filmmaker Vivian Qu received the award for best director for Angels Wear White.

"A real honor to receive the award. It is a story of children being assault victims; a Chinese story, it is also a story that is happening across the world. I truly hope that it finds resonance in India and across the world," she said on receiving the award.

The film is about the travails of two teenage girls who are assaulted by a middle aged man in a seaside town in China. Vivian's hard hitting social drama provides a social context for violence against women.

Best Director gets the Silver Peacock Award and a cash prize of Rs 1.5 million (Rs 15 lakh).

Special Jury Award carries a cash prize of Rs 1.5 million (Rs 15 lakh), a Silver Peacock Statuette and the citation.

The awards were presented at a star-studded closing ceremony of the film festival, attended by Bollywood stars Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif and Siddharth Malhotra among others, here on Tuesday. Union minister for I&B Smriti Irani and Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar were among the guests.

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    Malayalam actor Parvathy after receiving the best actor (female) award at the IFFI 2017. Photo: IFFI/Twitter

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    Huma Qureshi at the IFFI 2017. Photo: PIB

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    Bhumi Pednekar at the IFFI 2017. Photo: PIB

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    Pooja Hegde at the IFFI 2017. Photo: PIB

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    Akshay Kumar, Sushant Singh Rajput, and Sidharth Malhotra at IFFI 2017. Photo: PIB

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    Zaira Wasim at the IFFI 2017. Photo: PIB

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    Sonali Bindre at the IFFI 2017. Photo: PIB

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    Amitabh Bhachchan at the IFFI 2017. Photo: PIB

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    Shraddha Kapoor being felicitated by Filmmaker Subhash Ghai as the youth ICON during International Film Festival of India in Panaji on Tuesday. PTI

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    Prasoon Joshi, Amish Tripathi, Yatindra Mishra, Vani Tripathi at the panel discussion on 'Is Contemporary Cinema Reflecting the Literature of Our Times', at the 48th International Film Festival of India in Panaji, Goa on Wednesday. PTI

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    Team of 'Meghnad Badh Rahasya' at the screening of their film, during the 48th International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2017) in Panaji, Goa on Wednesday. PTI

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    The INOX venue being lit for the International film festival of India in Panaji on Tuesday. PTI

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    Artists perform a fusion dance during the inaugural ceremony of the 48th edition of the International Film Festival of India in Panaji on Monday. PTI

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    Actor Shah Rukh Khan performs during the inaugural ceremony of 48th edition of the International Film Festival of India in Panaji on Monday. PTI

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    Film buffs queue up to collect passes for the opening film of the Indian Panorama during the International Film Festival of India in Panaji on Tuesday. PTI

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Parvathy, Mahesh hail nurses

Parvathy won the recognition for her stunning portrayal of Sameera, a Keralite nurse stuck in war-torn Iraq.

An elated Parvathy dedicated the award to all the nurses in Kerala. "Sameera was an embodiment of hope in absolute darkness," she said after receiving the award. She also remembered late filmmaker Rajesh Pillai, for whom the film was made. She thanked director Mahesh Narayanan, who was also present at the venue.

The award was presented to her by UP minister for women's welfare Rita Bahuguna Joshi.

Receiving the special jury award from IFFI director Sunit Tanden, Narayanan said "I dedicate this to the nursing community from Kerala who work in several war-torn countries. They should be celebrated like we celebrate the military personnel".

The award for Best Actor (male) went to Argentine actor Nahuel Pérez Biscayart for his performance in 120 Beats Per Minute. The winners of the Best Actor awards are honored with the Silver Peacock Trophy and a cash prize of Rs 1 million (Rs 10 lakh each).

Bolivian director Kiro Russo has won the Silver Peacock for the Best Feature Film of a debut director. Russo's debut film Dark Skull offers a darkly beautiful subterranean study in atmosphere and mourning.

Manouj Kadaamh’s Marathi film Kshitij has won the ICFT-UNESCO Gandhi Medal.

The criteria for the Gandhi Medal reflect UNESCO's fundamental mandate of building peace in the mind of men and women, particularly human rights, inter-cultural dialogue, promotion and safeguard of diversity of cultural expressions.

Lifetime Achievement Award for Atom Egoyan

One of Canada’s most celebrated art house directors, Atom Egoyan was honored with the IFFI 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award. The prestigious award consisting of a cash prize of Rs 1 million (Rs 10 lakhs), Certificate, Shawl and a Scroll is conferred upon a master film maker for his /her outstanding contribution to cinema.

The Indian Film Personality of the Year Award was presented to Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan amid thunderous applause. An emotional Bachchan said he had a lot of affection for and memories of Goa where his first film Saat Hindustani was shot.

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