While on one hand he 45th International Film Festival Of India 2014 was a huge hit, the closing ceremony proved to be a less than a desirable show, with the anchors, Rajkummar Rao and Richa Chadda, not even demanding a speech from the award winners who travelled several miles and even across continents to be at the event.
I seemed like Rajkummar Rao, was in a hurry to wind up the award ceremony before time, but by the time he realized his mistake it was too late.
The Cuban winner of the best actress award and the Indian winner of the best actor award found themselves speaking out of turn to express their gratitude on an exceptional day in their lives.
If this was not enough, Waheeda Rehman and Nana Patekar, who were already done presenting awards earlier, seemed completely confused about whether they were really required on stage.
Director Ramesh Sippy seemed to have been handed a scroll to be presented to Wong Kar-Wai, which got badly entangled and left Sippy red-faced.
Union information & broadcasting minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Goa chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar made the obligatory speeches. South Indian star Jayaram Subramaniam, Union minister for defence Manohar Parrikar and Goa governor Mridula Sinha were also present at the event, while singer Zubin Garg and folk artists from the north-east of India performed before the event was brought to a close.
Anyways, coming to the honours, Russian film Leviathan bagged the award for the Best Film. As the best film, Leviathan won Rs 40 lacs along with the Golden Peacock.
Leviathan star Alexel Serebriakov shared the best actor award with Dulal Sarkar of Chotoder Chobi. Both the actors received the honour from Minister Of Information and Broadcasting, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Jackie Shroff.
The award for the Best Actor Female was shared by Sarit Larry of the Israel film The Kindergarten Teacher and Alina Rodriguez of Cuban film Behaviour.
Srihare Sathe’s Marathi language film Ek Hazarachi Note was chosen for the Special Jury Award and was presented with a Silver Peacock and a cash prize of Rs 15 lacs.
Set against the backdrop of farmers suicide in Vidharba region of Maharashtra, Ek Hazarachi Note created history at the 45th International Film Festival Of India 2014 by winning the Centenary Award as well and was awarded Silver Peacock and a cash prize of Rs 1o lacs.
Nadav Lapid of The Kindergarten Teacher was adjudged the best director, which won him a Silver Peacock and a cash prize of Rs 15 lacs.
This year’s festival saw a huge increase in the number of footfalls as it broke all the previous records. The eleven day festival screened one hundred and seventy nine films from seventy five countries across different categories which include World Cinema (sixty one films), Masterstrokes (eleven films), Festival Kaleidoscope (twenty films), Soul Of Asia (seven films), Documentaries (six films) and Animated Films (six films).
The closing ceremony, of the 45th International Film Festival Of India 2014, held at the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Stadium on the outskirts of Panaji la...2.5