GUWAHATI: Khasi Film Iewduh received the coveted 67th National Film Awards on Monday in two categories. It is the 'Best Khasi Film' and also received the award for 'Best Sound Recording', making it the first film from the north-eastern region to receive the top award in this category.
Iewduh was made by National Award winning filmmaker Shankar Lall Goenka, who had produced several award winning films in Assamese and Bodo languages earlier. Location Sound Recordist Debajit Gayan received the award for 'Best Sound Recording'. Vice President of India, M Venkaiah Naidu presented the awards at a ceremony in New Delhi on Monday.
Iewduh producer Shankar Lall Goenka said, "This is a landmark achievement by the film. In fact, it is an important recognition for Khasi cinema. I humbly thank all the people associated with the film for making this possible."
Iewduh, also known as Bara Bazar, is one of the oldest and largest daily markets in Shillong. The film talks about the daily lives of the people in the market.
The film, produced under the banner of Shiven Arts, was premiered in India at the 21stJio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival in October 2019. Iewduh was also selected in the Indian Panorama at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), Goa.
Iewduh, directed by Pradip Kurbah, had won the 'MIT-SFT Human Spirit Award' at the Pune International Film Festival in 2019 and the Asian Cinematography award in Manila in 2020. The film was commercially released in November 2019 across the Northeast and other parts of the country such as Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore and Kolkata. The Khasi film has been released across nine leading Over-The-Top (OTT) platforms in South Korea. This is a rare feat achieved by a handful of Indian films so far, stated a press release.