‘God on the Balcony’ gets 3 nominations at 12th Indian Film Festival of Melbourne

Skilled filmmaker Biswajeet Bora’s Assamese film ‘God on the Balcony’ has bagged top three nominations at 12th Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2021, one of the biggest international Indian film festivals outside of the country.

IFFM 2021 announced its nominations for its annual awards ceremony recently. ‘God on the Balcony’ was nominated for Best Indie film, Best Director (Biswajeet Bora) and Best Actor (Harish Khanna).

The festival, which is presented by the Victorian government, is an annual festival that takes place in Melbourne, Australia, and showcases the best of Indian films and the subcontinent that year.

In its 12th edition to be held this month, the IFFM 2021 has gone virtual as well as physical due to the global pandemic. With over 100 films whose screening will be held during the event, this will be a celebration of diversity and the best of Indian cinema in all its forms.

It is a proud moment is that ‘God on the Balcony’, starring Harish Khanna and directed by Biswajeet Bora and produced by Nurul Sultan, will compete with some extraordinary films of 2021 such as ‘Ludo’ directed by Anurag Basu, the Vidya Balan-starrer ‘Sherni’ directed by Amit Masukar, ‘Soorarai Pottru’ (Tamil) starred and produced by Suriya and directed by Sudha Kongara.

Among this year’s best documentary feature some of the most compelling stories including ‘Shut Up Sona’, ‘W.O.M.B’, ‘About Mumma’ among others.

Winners of Best Film, Best Indie Film and Best Documentary each win state-of-the-art camera from Black Magic Design apart from the award. Another key highlight is that the Best Film winner automatically gets a nomination nod under the Best Asian Film category at the annual prestigious AACTA (Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards).

‘God on the Balcony’ will have its Australian premiere on August 21 at HOYTS Docklands theatre at Melbourne and ‘The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2021’ award ceremony will take place virtually on August 21.

The nominations for 2021 are as listed below:

BEST FILM

  • Kayattam (A’Hr) – Malayalam – Sanal Kumar Sasidharan
  • Lootcase – Hindi – Rajesh Krishnan
  • Ludo – Hindi – Anurag Basu
  • Sherni – Hindi- Amit Masurkar
  • Soorarai Pottru – Tamil – Sudha Kongara
  • Tasher Ghawr – Bengali – Sudipto Roy

BEST INDIE FILM

  • Fire in the Mountains – Hindi – Ajitpal Singh
  • God on the Balcony – Assamese – Biswajeet Bora
  • Laila aur Satt Geet – Gojri, Hindi – Pushpendra Singh
  • Nasir – Tamil – Arun Karthick
  • Pinki Elli? – Kannada – Prithvi Konnanur
  • Seththumaan – Tamil – Thamizh
  • Sthalpuran – Marathi – Akshay Indikar
  • The Great Indian Kitchen – Malayalam – Jeo Baby

BEST DIRECTOR

  • Ajitpal Singh – Fire in the Mountains – Hindi
  • Akshay Indikar – Sthalpuran – Marathi
  • Amit Masurkar – Sherni – Hindi
  • Anurag Basu – Ludo – Hindi
  • Arun Karthick – Nasir – Tamil
  • Biswajeet Bora – God on the Balcony – Assamese
  • Jeo Baby – The Great Indian Kitchen – Malayalam
  • Pithvi Konnanur – Pinki Elli? – Kannada
  • Sanal Kumar Sasidharan – Kayattam (A’hr) – Malayalam
  • Sudha Kongara – Soorarai Pottru – Tamil

BEST ACTOR

  • Benjamin Daimary – Jonaki Porua -Assamese
  • Harish Khanna – God on the Balcony – Assamese
  • Jitin Puthanchery – Santhoshathinte Onnam Rahasyam – Malayalam
  • Koumarane Valavane – Nasir – Tamil
  • Neel Deshmukh – Sthalpuran – Marathi
  • Pankaj Tripathi – Ludo – Hindi
  • Rajkummar Rao – Ludo – Hindi
  • Suriya – Soorarai Pottru – Tamil

BEST ACTRESS

  • Kani Kusruti – Biriyaani – Malayalam
  • Nimisha Sajayan – The Great Indian Kitchen – Malayalam
  • Rasika Dugal – Lootcase – Hindi
  • Rima Kallingal – Santhoshathinte Onnam Rahasyam – Malayalam
  • Swatika Mukjherjee – Tasher Ghawr – Bengali
  • Vidya Balan – Sherni – Hindi
  • Vinamrata Rai – Fire in the Mountains – Hindi

BEST DOCUMENTARY

  • A Rifle in a Bag – Gondi, Madiya, Hindu – Christina Hanes, Isabella Rinaldi and Arya Rothe
  • About Mumma – English – Maanvi Chowdhury
  • Borderlands – Bengali, Hindi, Nepali, Punjabi, Other – Samarth Mahajan
  • Shup Up Sona – English – Deepti Gupta
  • Watch over Me – Hindi, Malayalam – Farida Pacha
  • WOMB – English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu – Ajitesh Sharma

BEST SERIES

  • Bandish Bandits – Hindi
  • Churails – Urdu, Hindi
  • Mirzapur Season 2 – Hindi
  • Mismatched – Hindi
  • The Family Man Season 2 – Hindi

BEST PERFORMANCE (MALE) – SERIES

  • Ali Fazal – Mirzapur Season 2
  • Divyenndu – Mirzapur Season 2
  • Manoj Bajpayee – The Family Man Season 2
  • Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub – Tandav
  • Pankaj Tripathi – Mirzapur Season 2
  • Saif Ali Khan – Tandav

BEST PERFORMANCE (FEMALE) – SERIES

  • Neena Gupta – Masaba Masaba
  • Prajakta Koli – Mismatched
  • Rasika Dugal – Mirzapur Season 2
  • Samantha Akkineni – The Family Man Season 2
  • Shahana Goswami – Bombay Begums
  • Shweta Tripathi Sharma – Mirzapur Season 2
About Lipika Ajmera

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Lipika Ajmera is a Mumbai-based journalist.

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