South Asian Rising Star Awards 2012: Patang wins best director and best film trophies

The film set in Ahmedabad beat films like Kahaani and Vicky Donor to bag the top honours

Patang (The Kite), which has gone on to play at 30 film festivals, won two trophies at the South Asian Rising Star Awards 2012. American writer-director Prashant Bhargava bagged the award for the Best Director, while producer Jaideep Punjabi received the Best Picture for the film. It beat other Indian films like Kahaani, Vicky Donor and Gattu in both the categories.

Patang – with actors Seema Biswas, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Sugandha Garg in its cast – weaves together the stories of six people transformed by the energy of India’s largest kite festival in the city of Ahmedabad in Gujarat.

The film that was seven years in the making had its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival this year and its North American premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in the competition category. The film had already won numerous awards this year, including Best World Narrative at the Indy Film Festival, Best Feature Narrative at the Hawaii International Film Festival, Special Jury Award, the Special Jury Award at the Osian Film Festival (New Delhi) and the Best Feature Narrative at the Dc Apa Film Festival.

The jury of the South Asian Rising Star Awards consisted of American actor and musician Janina Gavankar, Indian film critic Rajeev Masand, singer and Goldspot frontman Siddhartha Khosla, and American actor Maulik Panchol amongst others.