Sher-E-Punjab award to more than 40 outstanding personalities for their contribution towards film industry
The three day Chandigarh International Film festival concluded with honoring of more than 40 renowned film makers during a glittering ceremony at Chandigarh University who have contributed big in the field of film industry by making films on critical issues. Film Directors, Producers, Technicians, actors and singers from Bollywood and Pollywood who have contributed in the film industry through their quality work were given Sher-E-Punjab awards at the varsity campus. Legendary director and cinematographer, Manmohan Singh was awarded for his contribution towards revival of Punjabi film industry which has got rebirth due to his film “Jee-Aaayan-nu”. Noted Punjabi actor Harbhajan Mann, Legendary actor Yograj Singh, Distributor Anil Puri, Director JS Cheema, comedian and actor Sardar Sohi, singer and actor Karamjeet Anmol, Singer Kulwinder Billa and Film and cultural press reporter Ajaeb ojhla were the other prominent recipients of the Sher-E-Punjab. A special award was given to actor Darshan Singh Aulakh for his contribution to project Punjab as the preferred destination for shooting of films in Bollywood.
A total of 14 National and International movies were presented during the three day event. The film festival was inaugurated with the screening of “ZIYARAT” a Hindi film on Kashmir issue which was appreciated during Los Angeles Film Festival, Fame Walk International Film Festival and recently the film was shown in Dhaka Film Festival . The other films which be screened during the three day film festival included KO YAAD an ASSAMESE FILM BY MANJU BORA, SWAPANAM – MALAYALAM FILM BY SHAJI N KARUN and Anhe Ghore Da Dan a feature film Directed by Gurvinder Singh, short films MY HEROS, MINOLTA from USA, MI AMIGA DEL PARQUE from ARGENTINA, LOVE BIRDS, POIGNANT – Canada and IN UTERO. Besides these, two Punjabi films Dil Apna Punjabi and Yarran Nal Bharan were also showcased during the event.
Organizer of the film festival Mr. Darshan Singh Aulakh said “The International film festival will provide a platform to International and National Films where films made by young and budding film makers will be showcased along with the films of the award winning directors”.
Addressing the audience Satnam Singh Sandhu, Chancellor Chandigarh University said “Punjabi Cinema has contributed in promoting Punjabi culture and language at various International and National platforms which has resulted in projecting Punjabi films as the most preferred reginal cinema even in Bollywood”. He further added that “Chandigarh University has established Punjab’s 1st film institute where future professionals for the Industry will be trained under the expert guidance of professionals”.