Bollywood director Ram Kamal Mukherjee bagged the prestigious Best Director Award for his shot length Hindi feature film Season’s Greetings A Tribute to Rituparno Ghosh at 6th Rajasthan International Film Festival in Jaipur. Celina Jaitly and Lillette Dubey starrer film has been making rounds at various international film festivals. Set in the backdrop of Kolkata, the film deals with mother and daughter relationship. Ram Kamal was present at the gala award night to receive the award personally. “I am honoured that jury members decided to consider me for this prestigious award for my film Season’s Greetings, I am happy that it touched the heart of people,” says Ram Kamal. The film has been acquired by Zee 5 and will be soon premiered on their OTT platform. The film also happens to be India’s first film to collaborate with United Nations under their Free and Equal campaign.
The film also stars debutant actor Azhar Khan and Shree Ghatak in pivotal roles. Produced by Aritra Das and Shailendra Kumar under the banner of Assorted Motion Pictures and SS1 Entertainment the film was officially launched by Amitabh Bachchan last year through his social media platform. “Ram Kamal comes with amazing sense of story telling, being an author he knows how to weave in characters. We had more than 100 entries in short films, but jury unanimously decided to give Ram Kamal the award for his simple and yet meaningful narrative,” says Anshu Harsh, the festival director of RIFF2020.
Ram Kamal also bagged the Best Biographer Award for his best seller Sanjay Dutt: One Man, Many Lives published by Rupa Books. RIFF is one of the rare film festivals in India that also honours authors and film critics for their contribution to Indian cinema.
The director made a hat trick as he bagged his third award for his film Cakewalk for Best Short Film of the year. Esha Deol Takhtani starrer film has been awarded at many national and International film festivals. The film has been acquired by Viacom18 and streaming on Voot. The award ceremony was held at the cultural hub Jaipur Kala Kendra in the presence of Ministers and film dignitaries from various states of India.