LIFFI 2016 Award Winners

Acclaimed actors Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Tannishtha Chatterjee were declared the Best Actor and Actress at the debut edition of the ‘Lonavla International Film Festival India’ (LIFFI). The best director award went to Anant Mahadevan’s ‘Rough Book’.

Nawazuddin, who will be seen in Sohail Khan’s ‘Freaky Ali’ this week, won the award for his performance in ‘Manjhi – The Mountain Man’ where he played the role of Dashrath Manjhi.

Tannishtha won the Best Actor (Female) award for her portrayal of a teacher with a difference in ‘Rough Book’.

LIFFI was organised by actor-writer-director Riju Bajaj, businessman Madhav Todi and San Francisco-based doctor Anamika Sharma at the Triose Plaza. The first day of the Film Festival saw a gathering of acclaimed actors like Govind Nihalani, Shyam Benegal, Naseeruddin Shah, Ratna Pathak Shah, Deepa Sahi and more.

As a mark of recognising producers, LIFFI has instituted a Best Producer Award. It went to Susanta Kumar Mahapatra’s ‘Pahada Ra Luha’. It’s a project that was shot over a course of 25 years, featured non-actors and was also announced as the Best Film of LIFFI 2016.

Another award to have been launched was Best Ensemble Cast, which was bagged by Marathi road movie ‘Highway – Ek Selfie Aarpaar’, which saw actors like Huma Qureshi and Tisca Chopra in the frame. The film, by National Award winning filmmaker Umesh Kulkarni, also won Best Sound Design, Best Sound Design and Best Editor.

The Best Music Director Award, formed on the name of the late Khemchand Prakash, went to Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy for Marathi film ‘Katyar Kaljat Ghusali’.

The Best Debut Director Award went to Chennai-based Jayaprakash Radhakrishnan for his haunting drama ‘Lens’. He also won the Best Screenplay honour for the movie.

In the Best Supporting Actors category, Pallavi Joshi and Anupam Kher were awarded for ‘Buddha In A Traffic Jam’

The Best Documentary went to ‘Indian Women on Records’, Best Short Film to ‘The Internet Affair’ and Best Costume Design to Nachiket Barve for ‘Katyar Kaljat Ghusli’.



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  • @ Indicine
    sorry to say but this will harm your site’s reputation too,why are you giving space to such crap Awards since there are too many awards which are more reputed awards in the country for which you haven’t given a single article.

  • Nice to read such an article where deserving actors are recognized… #nawazuddin #respect… happy to hear good news pertaining to #katyar #kaljat #ghusli

  • @challa Not all awards have zero credibility and can be bought like IIFA, Filmfare awards which are popularity shows rather than caring about quality.

  • Very good to see awards ceremonies where deserving ones are the winners ! Nawaz bhai rocks and Tannishtha is a wonderful actress too.

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