Bangladesh: Prime Minister Hasina presents the National Film Awards 2020

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina awarded the winners of the 2020 National Film Awards at a ceremony held in Dhaka on Wednesday.

Joining the event as a guest of honour, virtually from her official residence, Prime Minister Hasina presented the award to 32 winners in 27 categories. This is the highest recognition to people associated with the film industry in Bangladesh. Information and Broadcasting Minister Hasan Mahmud presented the awards on his behalf. The awards were announced on February 15 this year.

Gor (The Grave) and Bishwoshundori jointly won Best Film of the Year 2020. Gazi Rakayet directed the film Gor (The Grave) won awards in ten categories while Chayankika Chowdhury’s debut film Bishwoshundori, won awards in 8 categories. Gor is Bangladesh’s first English-language feature film. The film’s director and lead actor Rakayet also received the “Best Director” award.

Gor is the harrowing story of a gravedigger grappling with the loss of his daughter and searching for a way to heaven by digging 100 graves. Bishwoshundori is a romantic film about humanity and the triumph of life.

Veteran Bangladeshi film actress Anwara Begum and renowned actor, radio artist, film and television personality Raisul Islam Asad have been shortlisted for the Life Time Achievement Award.

Siam Ahmed received Best Actor in Lead Role (Male) for the film Bishwoshundori while Deepanwita Martin received Best Actor in Lead Role (Female) for Gor.

The Best Singer award went to Md. Mahmudul Haque Imran (movie “Bishwoshundori”), while Dilshad Nahar Kona and Somnur Monir Konal jointly won the Best Singer awards for their songs in the movies “Bishwoshundori” and “Bir “.

The documentary ‘Bangabandhur Rajnoitik Jibon o Bangladesher Obbhyudoy’ directed by Syed Ashique Rahman, was awarded in the best documentary category. Pankaj Palit and Mahbub Ullah Niaz were jointly chosen for the “Best Cinematographer” award.

Rajesh Jha/Dhaka

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