‘Bulbul Can Sing’ by Rima Das has won the best Indie film at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne, one of the biggest Indian film festivals outside India, on August 8 evening.

The film was also nominated for the best director award. In the best Indie film category, the nominated films were Widow of Silence, The Gold-Laden Sheep and the Sacred Mountain, Namdev Bhau, Bhonsle and Chuskit and Bhoga Khirikee.

At this development Rima expressed her happiness and thanked everybody for their support and trust on her in the journey.

“What a wonderful night this has been! Thank you to the jury of Indian Film Festival of Melbourne for awarding Bulbul Can Sing the Best Indie Film. Special thanks to the audience for all your love. Kudos to the festival director Mitu Bhowmick and the whole team for putting together this unique festival! This award is particularly special because it’s where mainstream films, regional films and independent films from India have come together under one roof,” Rima said.

While, Priyanka Chopra produced Bhoga Khirikee (Broken Window), another Assamese film got three nominations – best Indie film, best director for Jahnu Barua and best actress Zerifa Wahid. It, however, failed to win none.

‘Bulbul Can Sing’ by Rima Das has already made it presence felt in some of the prestigious festivals across the globe after ‘Village Rockstars’

The film narrates the story of Bulbul, a teenage schoolgirl, who grows up in a rural setting in Assam. While she is on the verge of discovering her teen life, a tragedy strikes her best friend. A spirited Bulbul fights her way through love and loss as she figures out who she really is. It also got Special Mention from the Generation 14plus International Jury at the Berlin International Film Festival.

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