‘Chippa,’ ‘The Last Color’ win big at Indian Film Festival Stuttgart

Kiss Films co-founder Paramvir Singh, left, with filmmaker Archana Phadke, center, at the Indian Film Festival Stuttgart in Germany. Phadke’s film “About Love” won the Best Documentary Award at the festival.

Safdar Rahman's “Chippa” and Vikas Khanna's “The Last Color” won big at the recently-concluded Indian Film Festival Stuttgart in Germany.

The road film “Chippa,” with child actor Sunny Pawar won the German Star of India for Best Film in the Feature Film category and prize money of 4,000 euros.

Khanna picked up the Director's Vision Award for his directorial debut and a prize of 500 euros. “The Last Color,” starring Neena Gupta as a widow in Vrindavan, also picked up the Audience Award at the German festival.

The 16th edition of the festival opened on July 17, at Metropol Cinema (Bolzstrasse) with the surreal “Namdev Bhau - In Search of Silence,” directed by India-based Ukranian Dar Gai and produced by Dheer Momaya. The film is on an infuriated chauffeur who decides to flee Mumbai’s cacophony in search for the “Silent Valley.”

According to Cinestaan, 65-year-old Namdev Gurav, a real-life chauffeur turned actor, plays the titular role. He also attended the film’s screenings at Stuttgart.

The film has recently been nominated for best actor alongside stellar names like Amitabh Bachchan and Manoj Bajpayee at next month’s Indian Film Festival of Melbourne.

Ashish Pandey’s “Nooreh,” which showcases the challenges of a young girl defending herself amidst the turmoil at the India-Pakistan border, won the German Star of India for Best Short Film. “Counterfeit Kunkoo” by Reema Sengupta was awarded an honorable mention by the jury in the same category.

Under the Documentary section, Archana Phadke’s “About Love” won the best film award. The film gave an honest insight into the life and coexistence of three generations in Mumbai.

Sapna Moti Bhavnani’s intimate documentary “Sindhustan” received an honorable mention as well. Better known as a celebrity hair-stylist, Bhavnani’s directorial debut chronicles the Partition-era migration of Sindhis, the “largest in the history of the world," through personal anecdotes and the language of ink.

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