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The ‘Big Indian Win' at the Venice Film Festival

By Anwesha Padhi

The prestigious Venice Film festival, being the first of such events to be physically held post the COVID-19 pandemic, has turned out to favour India, after all. The 77th edition of the film festival concluded on Saturday with the announcement of the winners' list for the year.

Chaitanya Tamhane's The Disciple bagged the reputed FIPRESCI award at the festival. The victory has been long due after Adoor Gopalakrishnan's win in 1990 for his film Mathilukal. The International Federation of Film Critics, or abbreviated as FIPRESCI (Federation Internationale de la Presse CInematographique), promotes statutory maintenance of film culture and professionalism in the field. The jury consists of film critics and film journalists from around the globe.

The Disciple is the first Indian movie to be screened at the film festival in 20 years since Mira Nair's Monsoon Wedding in 2001. Ms. Nair was conferred with The Golden Lion award, Venice’s highest award given to a film. Four-time Academy awardee Alfonso Cuaron has worked as Executive producer on the film.

Mr. Tamhane's The Disciple explores the story of Sharad Nerulkar (Aditya Modak) and his pursuit of excellence in classical music, drawing inspiration from stories he has heard from his father and grandfather.

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