Govind Nihalani to be presented Baburao Painter Award

The veteran director, a pioneer of Indian parallel cinema once referred to as 'art films', will be honoured with the award for his contribution to the film industry

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Kolhapur: Veteran filmmaker Govind Nihalani will be honoured with the Kalamaharshi Baburao Painter Award at the upcoming Kolhapur International Film Festival (KIFF), organisers said Monday.

The 7th edition of the film festival is scheduled to he held here from 7 to 14 February.

“KIFF has been organised this year from 7 to 14 February and Nihalani will be honoured with the Kalamaharshi Baburao Painter Award on the opening day of the festival,” Chandrakant Joshi, president, KIFF Organising Committee, said.

Nihalani, a pioneer of Indian parallel cinema, will be honoured with the award for his contribution to the film industry, he said.

Besides being a film producer and director, the 78-year-old is an acclaimed cinematographer and screenwriter.

The award is named after Painter, a native of Kolhapur who was a painter, sculptor and a filmmaker of the silent film era.

Govind Nihalani filmography

Aakrosh (1980) — Om Puri, Naseeruddin Shah, Smita Patil, Amrish Puri
Vijeta (1982) — Kunal Kapoor, Supriya Pathak, Shashi Kapoor, Rekha, Amrish Puri, Raja Bundela
Ardh Satya (1983) — Om Puri, Naseeruddin Shah, Smita Patil, Sadashiv Amrapurkar, Amrish Puri, Shafi Inamdar
Party (1984) — Rohini Hattangadi, Manohar Singh, Vijaya Metha, Om Puri, Naseeruddin Shah
Aghaat (1985) — Om Puri, Gopi, Naseeruddin Shah, Pankaj Kapoor
Tamas (1987) — TV serial based on a novel by Bhisham Sahni. Cinematography by VK Murthy
Drishti (1990) — Shekar Kapoor, Dimple Kapadia, Irfan Khan
Pita (1991)
Rukmavati Ki Haveli (1991)
Jazeere (TV series) (1991)
Drohkaal (1994) — Om Puri, Naseeruddin Shah, Mita Vashishta, Annu Kapoor, Ashish Vidyarthi
Sanshodhan (1996)
Kuruthipunal (Tamil) (1996) Remake of Drohkaal
Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa (1997) — Jaya Bachchan, Anupam Kher, Joy Sengupta, Nandita Sen, Seema Biswas, Milind Gunaji
Thakshak (1999) — Ajay Devgn, Rahul Bose, Tabu, Amrish Puri, Govind Namdeo, Nethra Raghuraman
Deham (2001) — Joy Sengupta, Kitu Gidwani, Surekha Sikri, Aly Khan
Dev (2004) — Amitabh Bachchan, Fardeen Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Om Puri, Rati Agnihotri
Kamlu Happy Happy — ( 3D Animated Feature Film ) Under Production
Ti ani Itar (2017) — Subodh Bhave, Sonali Kulkarni, Amruta Subhash, Priya Marathe, Bhushan Pradhan, Suman Patel

The event

Veteran actress Rohini Hattangadi will be the chief guest at the inaugural function, Joshi said.

Abhijit Deshpande, editor of Marathi films like Deool, Bucket List and Elizabeth Ekadashi, among others, will be presented the Chitramaharshi Anandrao Painter Award on the last day of the festival, he said.

More than 50 feature and short films, including those from Japan, South Korea, France and Iran, among others, will be screened at a well-known multiplex here as part of the KIFF this year, Joshi said.

Seven new Marathi films have been included in the “My Marathi” section of the eight-day festival, he said.

Screening of Gajendra Ahire’s film Dear Molly and movies like Welcome Home and Dithi, directed by Sumitra Bhave and Sunil Sukathanakar, will be among the main attraction for Marathi film lovers.

Country Focus will be on Hungarian cinema, said Dilip Bapat, organising secretary, KIFF.

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