Kabir Khan nominated for Best Director Award

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Singapore, Nov 1 (UNI) Yash Raj Films' ''Kabul Express'' director Kabir Khan has been nominated for the best director award at the third Asian Festival of First Films in Singapore today.

Mr Khan directed the 105 minute Hindi/English "Kabul Express" story on two television journalists from India in search of news scoop in Afghanistan during which they meet with the Taliban.

Another nominee is Rajesh Domalpalli, who directed a 111-minute Teleugu film "Vanaja", a story of a 14-year-old poor fisherman daughter who works in a landlady's house and falls for her son.

Taiwan's ''The Touch of Fate'' director Pan Zhi Yuan and China's ''Weed'' director Wang Liren are competing in the best director award category with the two Indians.

Mamatha Bhukya has been nominated for the best female actor award for her role in "Vanaja". A 103-minute "Dharm", produced by Sheetal Talwar, has been nominated for the best film and best producer award. The "Dharm" story is about a four-year-old child, Kartikey, adopted by a Hindu priest. But the child, born of a Muslim mother, challenged the priest's belief and put him in a dilemma.

Mridul Chowdhary and Sujan Maumud have been nominated for the best director of documentary award for the Bangladesh's film ''The Migrant'', a 69-minute film on 26 young Bangladeshis who attempt to migrate to Spain illegally.

The Asian Festival of First Films organisers Teamwork Production said 32 films and documentaries have been nominated for nine award categories out of the 500 submissions received from 53 countries.

The Awards, covering best film, producer, director, screenplay/script, cinematographer, male actor, female actor, documentary and director of documentary, will be given away at a gala gathering of stars on December 4, 2007 night in Singapore.

The event is a part of the Asia Media Festival hosted by Singapore's Media Development Authority.

UNI

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