Malini wins Silver Peacock for Akasa Kusum
India: Queen of the Sinhala Cinema Malini Senehelatha Fonseka bagged
yet another international award for her performance in ‘Akasa Kusum’ at
the 39th International Film Festival of India yesterday.
Malini Fonseka was presented a Silver Peacock and a cash award of
Rs.1.5 million as she bagged a Special Jury Award at the International
Indian Film Festival.
after receiving her award said that her film was an India Sri Lanka
co-production and the time has come for a closer relationship between
the two countries. She also hoped for peace and happiness everywhere in
these troubled times.
‘Akasa Kusum’ a film directed by veteran film director Prasanna
Withanage had its first international screening on October 05, 2008 in
Pusan, with the film being exhibited in three different cinemas
In this movie Malini plays the leading role of an actress named
Malini says that her role in Akasa Kusum is one of her most favourite
roles. Fonseka was the first Sri Lankan actress to reach international
heights, winning awards at the Moscow International Film Festival in
1975 and the New Delhi Film Festival in 1977.
Director Sergei Dvortsevoy bagged the best film award with the Golden
Peacock and a cash award of 4 million for the Kazakhstan film ‘Tulpan’.
The five Member competition jury was headed by the noted Director
from Hong Kong Mr. Peter Chan.
Other members of the jury are Mr. Marco Mueller (Venice), Ms. Niki
Karimi (Iran), Mr. Lav Diaz (Philippines) and Ms. Tabassum Hashmi (Tabu-
India). Two Indian entries S.
Priyadarshan’s Tamil film “Kanchivaram” and Ramesh Laxman More’s
acclaimed Marathi film “Mahasatta” were in the “competition” section
among 13 other films chosen from Bangladesh, Russia, New Zealand,
Malaysia, Kazakhstan, Sri Lanka, Iran, the Philippines, Argentina, China
The Chief Guest at the closing ceremony was noted Film Actor Shri
Kamal Hasan. Hasan said that despite setbacks and dark moments normal
life must go on. He congratulated the organizer for putting together
such a rich collection of movies.
Chief Minister of Goa, Shri Digambar Kamat in his remarks said that
IFFI 2008 was a landmark event. He said that Government of Goa is keen
to develop the State as a hub of entertainment industry. He said that
additional multiplexes and other facilities are being created in Mudgaon.
The closing ceremony started with a minute of silence in memory of
victims of the recent terrorist attacks in Mumbai.