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MOMENT OF HONOUR: Marathi film director Paresh Mokashi receiving the ‘Gollapudi Srinivas National Award’ from actor Rekha in Chennai on Wednesday. Oscar-winning sound designer Resul Pookutty is in the picture.
CHENNAI: It was an evening to salute the spirit and passion of the debutant film director, who leaves behind everything else to pursue that one big dream.
Presented in the memory of the film director Gollapudi Srinivas, who passed away in an accident during the shoot of his maiden venture in 1992, the Gollapudi Srinivas National Award is given to a debutant film director every year, after careful scrutiny of commendable debuts of directors in different languages.
This year, the honour went to young director Paresh Mokashi for his Marathi film ‘Harishchandrachi Factory’, made on Dada Saheb Phalke, who is considered the father of Indian cinema.
Speakers said it was a rather poignant event and that they felt honoured to be part of it. In his acceptance speech at the grand function organised by the Gollapudi Srinivas Memorial Foundation on Wednesday, Mr. Mokashi said: “All this admiration for me and the spotlight is actually on Dada Saheb Phalke, who made the first full-length feature film in India.”Role of sound
Delivering the memorial lecture on ‘The past, present and the future of audiography in Indian motion pictures’, Oscar winner Resul Pookutty stressed the role of sound in making the experience of watching films “larger than life”.
“Sound has the ability to subconsciously be affective,” he said, adding that the next level that sound aspired to reach was to be able to create a sense of height in audio effect and said that he hoped it would be achieved soon.
Actor Rekha, chief guest, said that the admiration the audience had for her was in response to her presence in the celluloid world.
“And I am what I am on celluloid because of one person — the director,” she said, saluting the “parenting, nurturing and guiding” roles of a film director.
Film maker Nagesh Kukunoor said that the event was special as the industry seldom celebrated the director who is responsible for every frame in a film.
Film maker Rakeysh Mehra described the evening as being “humbling”.
Singer K.J. Yesudas, who earlier gave a performance, said he was happy to participate in the event.
A short film ‘The second innings,’ which was made by director Rajiv Menon and vividly capsules the passion of Gollapudi Srinivas, was also screened on the occasion.
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