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Two Goan films win National Awards

Goan films, ‘Amori’ (Konkani) and ‘Kharvas’ (Marathi) emerged victorious at the National Film Awards 2019 announced yesterday in New Delhi.

‘Amori’ won the National Award for Best Konkani Film in the Feature Film category. Speaking about the win, producer and art director of ‘Amori’, Querozito De Souza said: “We had a cast of around 25 people and we also had a lot of co-producers. So it is a good feeling and a sort of achievement that we managed to do well and get this award.”

“Shot in Goa’s abundant natural beauty, this film addresses a burning contemporary universal issue,” adds Querozito.

Directed by Dinesh Bhonsle, ‘Amori ‘revolves around 52-year-old Shirish, a Goan expatriate settled in London who left his village 25 years ago. However, his past comes back to haunt him.

The film has been made through crowd funding under the production house ‘Opus Gala’ and will be released on September 13.

‘Kharvas’ meanwhile won the National Award for Best Short Fiction Film. Expressing his happiness on winning the National Award, director of the film, Aditya Suhas Jambhale said: “For any director who wants to make it big and get recognition in Bollywood and Hollywood nothing can be a better start than this award. This is my second National Award and that too in the general category so it is like a dream come true for me.”

He added that he felt privileged to be promoting Goa at the national podium.

‘Kharvas’, which was shot at Usgao, revolves around the trauma a mother goes through when she loses a child at birth. The film had its world premiere at Cannes last year and later became the first ever Goan film to be selected as the opening film for IFFI (in the Indian Panorama).

The film is produced by Shree Mahalasa Productions, Ponda.  “We would like to dedicate this win to our beloved ‘Bhai’ Late Manohar Parrikar, who has been an inspiration for us throughout,” said Jambhale.

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