'Taare Zameen Par' bags Gollapudi Srinivas award

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Chennai, Mar 15 (UNI) Riding high on critics rating, Bollywood actor and debutant director Aamir Khan's moving tale of a dyslexic boy, 'Taare Zameen Par', has won the prestigious Gollapudi Srinivas National award this year.

Announcing the decision to honour Mr Khan for having made a sensitive film, a living legend of Indian cinema and jury member Kamal Hassan, and jury chairman and veteran director Singeetham Srinivasa Rao said 'Taare' was chosen from a final list of 19 film, out of 35, submitted for the award.

Well-known Telugu writer-turned-actor Gollapudi Maruti Rao had formed the Gollapudi Srinivas Memorial Trust in 1997 to perpetuate the memory of his second film director-son Srinivas, who died in a freak accident while returning from a film shoot in Visakhapatnam in 1992.

Heaping accolades on Aamir for his impressive debut as a director, Kamal said, ''with his star status, Aamir could have made it like any other box office cliche, but 'Taare' doesn't fall into this category.'' Mr Rao said, ''Taare is chosen for the honour as Aamir has created an impeccable image and the right mood for a very sensitive subject within the commercial format and translated it brilliantly onto celluloid.'' ''Taare also doesn't fall into a cliched art film category as Indian cinema has been seeing for some time,'' Mr Rao added.

The award would be presented on August 17, the birth anniversary of his late son, Mr Maruti Rao said, adding that it was for the first time that a Hindi film had been given this award.

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