In a remarkable achievement, internationally acclaimed filmmaker Ram Kamal Mukherjee has clinched the prestigious Special Mention by Jury at the 69th National Film Awards ceremony in New Delhi for his thought-provoking short film, “Ek Duaa.” The film, produced by Bollywood star Esha Deol, focuses on societal challenges and issues frequently encountered by women, and its recognition at the national level is a testament to its impactful narrative.
The National Film Award is a coveted honor within the Indian film industry, and this recognition underlines Mukherjee’s exceptional storytelling prowess and his ability to bring forth compelling narratives on screen. “Ek Duaa” has resonated not only with audiences but also with the esteemed jury, marking a significant accomplishment for both the director and the entire cast and crew involved in the project.
Mukherjee, who is known for his creative vision and unique storytelling, expressed his elation, saying, “I am extremely happy to receive this prestigious National Award for my film ‘Ek Duaa.’ It was an overwhelming journey for me, and such recognition encourages me to work on subjects that I believe in.” He is currently immersed in post-production work for his magnum opus, “Binodiini Ekti Natir Upakhyan,” and is simultaneously dedicating his efforts to writing the screenplay for his upcoming project, “Draupadi.”
“Ek Duaa” delves into the intricate layers of social challenges faced by women, challenging societal norms and promoting contemplation and change. The film has garnered international acclaim, bagging several awards on the global stage. This recent accolade from the Government of India elevates the film to new heights, marking it as a pivotal contribution to the cinematic landscape.
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Esha Deol, who produced “Ek Duaa,” expressed her joy and shared her journey with the project. “When Ram Kamal narrated me the story, I was certain that I will make this film and this would be my first film as a producer,” she shared. The film’s success is a testament to her commitment to impactful storytelling and her dedication to bringing meaningful narratives to the forefront.
The news of Ram Kamal Mukherjee’s win has reverberated across the film industry, with congratulatory messages pouring in from various corners of the country. The director, who is currently working on two Bengali films in Kolkata, has expressed gratitude for the overwhelming support he has received. Mukherjee stated, “I am touched with the kind of congratulatory texts and voice messages I am receiving from Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Kolkata. I am glad that jury members felt this film deserves a special place amongst bigwig winners!”
“Ek Duaa” stands as a testament to the power of storytelling in cinema, transcending boundaries and inspiring change. With this recognition, Ram Kamal Mukherjee’s contribution to Indian cinema is solidified, and his commitment to addressing significant societal issues through his work continues to be recognized and celebrated.