Lahore bags jury award for best film at Houston


MUMBAI: Director Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan, who makes his directorial debut with Lahore, now joins the likes of Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Ang Lee, Ridley Scots, Robert Rodriguez, Robert Townsend, Spike Lee, Oliver Stone and David Lynch, whose careers were launched at WorldFest.

Lahore has won the Jury award for the Best Feature Film at the 42nd WorldFest International Film Festival, Houston, Texas, where the world premiere of the film was held on 20 April.

Breaking the protocol, Sanjeev Arora, Consul General of India, and Mohammed  Aquil Nadeem, Consul General of Pakistan, attended the screening with their families.

Lahore is a tale set against the backdrop of competitive sports on the international arena. The story revolves around the potentiallyportentous lives of two brothers from Rajastan – one a national kickboxing champion, the other a renowned star cricketer. When fate takes them on a convoluted path that challenges the bedrock of all that they believe to be good and decent in human behavior, life-changing choices have to be made that will bring either sorrow or absolution. Deep emotions are evident in the movie when interactions between citizens of two nations, which fought three wars, are shown.

The film stars Nafisa Ali, Farouque Shaikh, Ashish Vidyarthi, Nirmal Pandey, Sabyasachi Chakraborty, Sourav Shukla, Sushant Singh, Kelly Dorji.

The music is by M M Kreem, background score by Wayne Sharpe, action by Tony Leung Siu Hung and Robert Miller, sound by Peter Levin, production design by Keshto Mondal and cinematography by Neelabh Kaul. The film has been produced by Vivek Khatkar under the banner of Sai Om Films.