Malayalam movie ‘Biriyani’ wins award at Bangalore International Film Festival
Malayalam movie ‘Biriyani’ earned a Special Jury Award at the 12th edition of Bengaluru International Film Festival (BIFFES) on Wednesday conducted by the Karnataka State Chalachitra Academy. The director of the film, Sajin Babu was awarded a citation that said- ‘powerful portrayal of the struggles and plight of suppressed women of the society’ and a cash reward of Rs 2 lakh rupees. The award was decided by a jury comprising of prominent filmmakers like Manju Bora, Akash Aditya Lama, Subodh Sharma, Maruti Caste and Ashish Dubey and the award was presented to the director by the Governor of Karnataka, Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala. Biriyani has crowned with the honor after competing with 13 movies screened in the competition for Indian films. This international film festival has proven to be a lucky charm for the director as his first film ‘Asthamayamvarey’ had won an award at the same festival in 2015.
Biriyani which was premiered in the Asiatic Film festival in Rome and won the Netpac award for the best film is about a narrative in a woman’s perspective on the amount of persecution her family faces when her brother is radicalized and goes missing. In the movie, Kani Kasturi plays the lead character Khadeeja. The movie will next have American premiere at 19th Tiburon film festival in California from April 17 to 23 followed by will be followed by French premiere at the Toulouse Film Festival April 22-26 and Spanish premiere at the Imagine Film Festival in Madrid from May 17 to 31.
In the aftermath of the award presentation, the film director was able to have a chat with the jury members where he received congratulations and was told- “bold choice to make a film on a theme that is not often discussed”. In a candid interview afterward, the director, Sajin Baabu shared his views on how he came about with the concept of the movie. He said: “For a couple of years now, there were media reports on how youngsters are being radicalized and made to travel to countries in West Asia to join the Islamic State. Some of these youngsters have been arrested and some are missing. Such incidents made me wonder what would their families go through? I wanted to find out what happens to the families of those men. I wanted to portray how these families are treated by neighbors, society, government, and community at large. The movie came about on a simple question that haunted me, which is, ‘How these families survived this situation?.”