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Rekha to be awarded DIFF Lifetime Achievement Award

Veteran Bollywood actress and Rajya Sabha MP Rekha will be honoured by the upcoming Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

She will be honoured for her 40-year career contribution and participation in more than 180 films. 2016 DIFF will commence on 7 December 2016 and will conclude on 14 December 2016.

About Rekha

  • She was born as Bhanu Rekha Ganesan on 10 October 1954 in Chennai in then Madras State (now Tamil Nadu).
  • She is known for her versatility and is acknowledged as one of the finest actresses in Hindi cinema.
  • She had started her film career in 1966 as a child actress in the Telugu film Rangula Ratnam. Her film debut as a lead was in Sawan Bhadon (1970). Since then she has acted in more than 180 films in a career spanning over 40 years.
  • She has won 3 Filmfare Awards, 2 for Best Actress and 1 for Best Supporting Actress for her roles in Khubsoorat (1980), Khoon Bhari Maang (1988) and Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi (1996), respectively.
  • She has won National Film Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of a classical courtesan in film Umrao Jaan (1981). Union Government has honoured her with Padma Shri in 2010.

About Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF)

DIFF is an annual film festival held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It was started in year 2004. Each year DIFF provides platform and presents new and exciting cinema from the Arab world, Asia, Africa and beyond. It is a not-for-profit cultural event, presented and organised by Dubai Entertainment & Media Organization.


Colombian film Embrace of The Serpent adjudged best film of 46th IFFI

Colombian film ‘Embrace of The Serpent’ has been adjudged as the best film of the 46th International Film Festival of India (IFFI)

Directed Ciro Guerra of Embrace of The Serpent was bestowed with the Golden Peacock award and the cash prize of 40 lakh rupees.

Other awards

  • The Best Director award: Peter Greenway for the Netherlands film ‘Eisenstein in Guanajuato.
  • The Best male actor award: Vincent Lindon for the France film ‘The Measure of a Man’.
  • The Best Female actor award: five Female actress for their roles in the Turkey Film ‘Mustang’.
  • Special Jury Award: Julia Vargas for his film ‘Sealed Cargo’.
  • The ICFT-UNESCO Fellini Award: Kaushik Ganguly’s Bengali film ‘Cinemawala’.

About International Film Festival of India (IFFI)

  • IFFI was founded in 1952 and is held annually in Goa.
  • It is the biggest state-backed film festival and conducted jointly by  Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Directorate of Film Festivals and Government of Goa.
  • This film festival aims at providing a common platform for the cinemas of the world to project the excellence of the film art.
  • It seeks to contribute to create awareness for understanding and appreciation of film cultures of different nations in the context of their social and cultural ethos and promote friendship and cooperation among people of the world.


Indian short film An Old Dog’s Diary wins award at 2015 London Film Festival

An Indian short film, An Old Dog’s Diary has won prestigious Best Short Film Award at the 2015 London Film Festival (LFF). The award was bestowed by the British Film Institute (BIF) at 59th edition of LFF.

The 11-minute film has been directed by Shai Heredia and Shumona Goel. It story of film reveals the cultural conditions of Indian avant-garde painter Francis Newton Souza’s work and its institutionalisation by assembling the puzzle-piece evocations of his portrait.

Earlier the film was showcased in the Wavelengths category at 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.

About London Film Festival

  • LFF was founded in 1957 and is an annual film festival held at London to show the best of the year’s world cinema to a British audience.
  • The Festival showcases the best work of world cinema that champions originality, creativity, vision and imagination.
  • It is organised by British Film Institute and is United Kingdom’s largest public film event.
  • It screens more than 300 features, documentaries and shorts films from almost 50 countries.