Konkona Sen Sharma has been adjudged the Best Director for her debut venture A Death In The Gunj, while bagging the Best Actress award for Lipstick Under My Burkha at the New York Indian Film Festival.”#NYIFF2017 Awards Winner Best Director is Konkona Sensharma @konkonas @chhabs @aroonshiv,” the official account of NYIFF announced on Twitter.
Konkona won the award for directing the drama thriller which stars Kalki Koechlin, Vikrant Massey, Jim Sarbh and Tanuja. The film also features one of the last performances by veteran actor Om Puri, who passed away in January this year.”#NYIFF2017 Awards Winner Best Actress is @konkonas @chhabs @aroonshiv,” the account read.
Konkona received the top honour for her performance in Alankrita Shrivastava’s Lipstick Under My Burkha, a film which explores women’s sexuality. Alankrita also congratulated Konkona for her win at the festival on the microblogging site. “Yay! @konkonas wins best actress at @nyindianff for @lipstickmovie #lipstickundermyburkha,” she wrote.
K Kaladharan won the best actor for Malayalam film Ottayaal n Paatha (“A Narrow Path”) and Shubhashish Bhutiani’s Mukti Bhawan was declared the best film at the 17th annual film extravaganza. An Insignificant Man won the best documentary and Malayalam film Kammatipaddam was honoured for the screenplay. Onir’s film Aaba was declared the best short film at the festival. Presented by the Indo-American Arts Council, the film festival took place from April 30 to May 7.
Lipstick Under My Burkha has been produced by Prakash Jha and features Konkona Sen Sharma, Ratna Pathak Shah, Aahana Kumra, Vikrant Massey, Sushant Singh and others.
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