Osian’s-Cinefan Film Fest: Shilpa Shukla’s ‘BA Pass’ wins Best Film

Shadab Kamal won Best Actor for the film. Read on for the complete winners’ list

The Ajay Behl-directed BA Pass was named best film in the Indian competition category of the 12th Osian’s-Cinefan Film Festival, while actor Shadab Kamal, who played a gigolo in the film, won the best actor award as the 10-day event concluded Sunday in New Delhi. BA Pass features Chak De! India actor Shilpa Shukla.

Ajita Suchitra Veera won the award for best director for her film Ballad of Rustom while actor Rii took home the best actress award for the movie Cosmic Sex. Hansa by Manav Kaul got the audience award and the critics award.

Speaking at the award ceremony, the chief guest, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit appreciated the work put in by Osian’s and lauded its chairman Neville Tuli for “being bold enough” in putting together the cine extravaganza despite several hurdles. She also unveiled the Cinefan award trophy crafted out of the eco-friendly material by eminent artist K Laxma Goud.

Delivering the vote of thanks, the festival director Indu Shrikent said that the event had “proved to be an exhilarating experience”. The award ceremony was hosted by actors Ranvir Shorey and Vinay Pathak.

Opening on July 27 with Japanese director Keiichi Sato’s Asura and closing with Bengali film Chitrangada by Rituparno Ghosh, the festival saw screenings of over 175 films from 38 countries.

Turkish films took home four awards. Inside won the best film award in the Asian and Arab competition category, Silent by L Rezan Yesilbas won the best film in the short films category while The Bus by Olgu Baran Kubilay got a special mention award in the same category.

Other award-winning films in different categories were:

Asian and Arab Competition

Best Director: Faouzi Bensaidi for Death For Sale

Best Actress: Taraneh Alidousti for Modest Reception

Best Actor: Mani Haghighi for Modest Reception

Special Jury Prize: Postcards from the Zoo

Special Mention: Director Yoshimasa Ishibashi for Milocrorze

Indian competition

Special Jury Award: Prashant Bhargava for Patang

First Feature Competition: Elmin Alper’s Beyond the Hill

Special Mention: In April Following Year there was a Fire.