Though the makers of Lipstick Under My Burkha has had not that-a-well relationship with the Indian censor board, the movie has won an award in the New York Indian Film Festival. Konkana Sen Sharma has made double delight by winning Best Actress award for the Lipstick and Best Director award for her directorial debut A Death In the Gunj in the New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) 2017.
Konkona bagged the award for directing the drama thriller which features Kalki Koechlin, Vikrant Massey, Jim Sarbh and Tanuja in key roles. The film also features one of the last performances by veteran actor Om Puri, who passed away in January this year.
She received the top honour for her performance in Alankrita Shrivastava’s Lipstick Under My Burkha, a film which explores women’s sexuality.
K Kaladharan bagged 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.
The film, directed by Shubhashish Bhutiani and featuring Adil Husain and Lalit Behl, revolves around an interesting relationship between a father and son after the former decides to die in the Hindu holy city of Varanasi and his son is forced to join his journey.
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.