MUMBAI: Bhavna Talwar’s Dharm, which was precluded from the Oscars nomination stable, has been awarded the Best Film at the Third Asian Festival of 1st Films (AFFF 2007) in Singapore.
Nominated in the same category were ‘Beautiful’ directed by Shaun Newcombe from Australia; ‘The Last Queen of Earth’ directed by Mohammad Reza Arab from Iran; and ‘Weed’ directed by Wang Liren from China.
Says Bhavna Talwar, who is overwhelmed after winning the awards, “I’m overjoyed. Dharm being pronounced the Best Film at AFFF 2007 is a matter of tremendous pride. I am glad that a large and varied audience at the festival has had an opportunity to see the film. In a world full of terror and violence, Dharm conveys a message of hope and shows to the world that all is not lost.”
Dharm was recently screened at the 38th International Film Festival of India. It will also be showcased at various International Festivals like the Cancun Film Festival, Mexico and the Palms Spring Festival, California.
Dharm, released in June this year, has Pankaj Kapur and Supriya Pathak in the lead. The film is a story about a Hindu Pundit whose beliefs are questioned by the arrival of a little boy.