Guwahati: Assam born actor Adil Hussain has been conferred with the 'Outstanding Achievement Award 2020' at the online London Indian Film Festival supported by the British Film Institute (BFI).
Due to the global pandemic scenario, the 11th anniversary of the UK and Europe's largest South Asian film festival, supported by the Bagri Foundation and the British Film Institute (BFI), was held online. It all began with Bollywood star Ayushmann Khurrana in conversation on 25th June, and closed with Hollywood star Freida Pinto on 5th July,
The in conversation talks also included acclaimed Indian cinema actor, multiple Indian National Award, Filmfare winner, Padma Bhushan Shabana Azmi in conversation with British director Pratibha Parmar. Oscar nominee Deepa Mehta, BAFTA, Oscar, Golden Globe nominee Mira Nair, Indian National Award-winning actor Adil Hussain, with BAFTA, Academy nominated director Peter Webber.
"Conception, pre-production, shooting, post-production, showcasing platforms, reviewers, critics and finally the audiences- in these stages, I play but one of the roles as an actor. I joyously accept this kind recognition by the outstanding team of the London Indian Film Festival who have very diligently and carefully curated independent films from the Indian subcontinent for the last 10 years. I also, humbly, share this award with my acting teachers and friends who always believed in me", Hussain said.
Notably, the festival included several LGBTQ+ films, women helmed films, films from Sri Lanka and Pakistan, as well as the buzzing Satyajit Ray Short Film competition, with a jury of high-profile film pundits, who deliberated over Zoom. Alongside Adil Hussain, Freida Pinto and Vidya Balan have also been honored with Icon Award in the 2020 edition.
Meanwhile, Mississippi Masala (1991) by Mira Nair, starring Denzel Washington and Sarita Choudhury won the 'Audience Favourite' Award followed by Satyajit Ray short film winner – Darling.
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