Guwahati: Yet another feather in the cap of acclaimed Assamese filmmaker Aimee Baruah, his Dimasa language feature film “Semkhor” was awarded the “Best Indian Cinema” award at the prestigious Bengaluru International Film Festival (BIFFes). Baruah received the award from Governor Thawar Chand Gehlot.
The film festival is organized by Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy for the Government of Karnataka. The 13th edition of the BIFFes will be held from March 3 to 10, 2022.
The 13th edition of BIFF had different sections such as World Cinema, Asian Film Competition, Indian Film Competition (Chitrabharati), Kannada Film Competition, Kannada Film Competition (Popular Entertainment), review, country focus, state focus – Northeast, retrospectives. – Directors / Artists / Technicians, Tributes & Memories, Section organized on a special theme – Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav and, 50th year of Tulu cinema. The “Semkhor” directed by Aimee Baruah received the “Best Indian Cinema” for the “Chitrabharati” segment, ie the Indian Cinema Competition.
A delighted Baruah took to social media to make the announcement. “I am delighted to inform you that ‘Semkhor’ was awarded ‘Best Indian Cinema’ for ‘Chitrabharati’ segment at the Bengaluru International Film Festival. Receiving the award from His Excellency, Governor Thawar Chand Gehlot was a wonderful moment for me. This honor, bestowed by one of the most prestigious film festivals of its kind, is a dream come true for all filmmakers in the country. My sincere gratitude to the honorable members of the jury and the organizers of the festival as well as ‘to all the artists involved in Semkhor (sic),” she wrote.
Earlier, ‘Semkhor’, which was written by Sasanka Samir, was awarded the “Special Audience Award” at the 20th Dhaka International Film Festival held in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Baruah also won the “Best Actress Award” at the Toronto International Women’s Film Festival (TIWFF) for her work in “Semkhor”, where she also plays the protagonist.
The films “Bridge” and “God on the Balcony” also received awards at this prestigious event.