Hemanth Rao bags Gollapudi award for ‘Godhi Bannaa’

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Chennai, March 17 (IANS) The 20th Gollapudi Srinivas National Award for the Best Debut Film of 2016 was bagged by Hemanth Rao for his critically-acclaimed Kannada drama “Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu”, the organisers announced on Friday.

According a statement, the film was selected from 20 nominations across the country from many languages.

The film revolves around Venkob Rao, played fittingly by veteran actor Anant Nag, a middle-aged man who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, going missing. His son embarks on a journey to search for him with a female doctor.

Established in 1998, The Gollapudi Srinivas Memorial Foundation presents the award each year in the memory of Gollapudi Srinivas, a young director, who tragically passed away in an accident during the shoot of his maiden Telugu film in 1992.

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The award is announced annually on March 17 and presented on August 12. It includes a cash prize of Rs 150,000.

Over the years, several first-time filmmakers such as Shonali Bose, Aamir Khan, Ram Madhvani and Anusha Rizvi among others have won this award.



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