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Shetgaonkar's 'Baga Beach' bags National Award


‘Baga Beach’, a Konkani film directed by Goa’s ace film director Laxmikant Shetgaonkar, got a National Award today.

The 61st National Awards for films were announced today evening.

Anand Gandhi's powerful debut 'Ship of Theseus' was today declared the best feature film while biopic 'Bhaag Milka Bhaag' was named the best popular film at the 61st National Film Awards here. 

This is the third film Shetgaonkar has directed till now.

His first non-feature Marathi film ‘Eka Sagar Kinari’ had bagged the National Award in 2005.

Later, Shetgaonkar became the first Goan to get the most prestigious international award for his Konkani film ‘Poltodcho Munis’ (Man Beyond the Bridge).

He bagged FIPRESCI prize at the Toronto International Film Festival for ‘Poltodcho Munis’ in 2009.

“It’s high time Goa now develops film as an Industry and the state government needs to take initiative in this regard”, said Shetgaonkar, while talking to

“The award has also established a fact that Konkani film has now grown up and film culture is established in Goa. It is proved that Goans can excel and national and even international level”, he said.

'Ship of Theseus' has been hailed for its brilliant portrayal of complex issues of identity, faith and death through the Theseus paradox. 

"I am really very excited with this award. It is an invitation for future communication with the government institution. I am also happy for Nishtha Jain's 'Gulabi Gang' winning the best documentary, which we distributed," Gandhi told PTI. 


'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag', a biopic on Milkha Singh, is directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and starred Farhan Akhtar in the lead role. 

Hansal Mehta was named the best director for his biopic on slain lawyer-activist Shahid Azmi in 'Shahid' while its lead actor Rajkumar Rao shared the best actor trophy with Suraj Venjaramoodu for Malayalam film 'Perariyathavar'. Geetanjali Thapa was named the best actress for Hindi film 'Liar's Dice'. 

Mehta paid tribute to his film's subject, Shahid Azmi, after the win. 

"It is a wonderful feeling. It is a tribute to Shahid Azmi. It is just his karma which has worked for the film and for us. It's also a tribute to my team who stood by me for three and a half years while making this film," Mehta told PTI. 

Reacting to the announcement, Rao said: "I am more than happy. It is the most important day of my life. Never expected this to happen. I am thankful to everyone actually Hansal Mehta, Shahid team and the audience. I am overwhelmed." 

Saurabh Shukla was declared the best supporting actor for court-room drama 'Jolly LLB' which was also named the best Hindi film. 

The best supporting actress award will be shared by Amruta Subhas and Aida El-Kashef for Astu (Marathi) and 'Ship of Theseus'. 

Indira Gandhi Award for best debut film will go to director Nagraj Manjule for his critically acclaimed Marathi film 'Fandry'. 

An 11-member jury, headed by noted director Saeed Akhtar Mirza announced the awards today which are likely to be given President Pranab Mukherjee on May 3 along with the Dada Saheb Phalke award which will go to lyricist-director Gulzar this year. is now on Telegram & also Youtube. Kindly subscribe for free & remain updated.

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