Patang (The Kite), the most critically glorified Indian movie this year walked away victorious with the Best Director and Best Picture at the South Asian Rising Star Film Awards, with Indo-American writer/director Prashant Bhargava and producer Jaideep Punjabi claiming the respective trophies. The five-member jury comprised of some celebrated personalities: Rajeev Masand, Arthur Pais, Siddhartha Khosla, Janina Gavankar and Maulik Pancholy.
Patang enjoyed it’s world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival, and a North American Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival. The movie went on to grace the screens of 30 film fests globally, where it was immensely appreciated with Best Feature Narrative at Hawaii International Film Festival, Best World Narrative at Indy Film Festival, Special Jury Award plus the Best Feature Narrative at Dc Apa Film Festival and also the Special Jury Award at the Osian Film Festival.
In what sets out as a poetical tour to Ahmedabad city, this film knits together stories of six different people whose lives are affected by the country’s largest kite festival. The movie took seven years in making, and boasts of a powerful star cast that includes Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Seema Biswas and Sugandha Garg.
Other winners- Best Actor Award was bagged by Nawazzuddin Siddiqui for Gangs Of Wasseypur 2 and Humaina Malik for Bol. The Best Supporting Actor crown went to Parambrata Chatterjee (Kahaani), and Best Supporting Actress went to Huma Qureshi (GoW2). The Best Composer title was bagged by Sneha Khanwalkar for Gangs Of Wasseypur.