'Firaaq' by Nandita Das wins Asian award

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New Delhi, Dec 11: 'Firaaq', a script with sectarian violence in Gujarat (2002), gained appreciation and swept the awards at an Asian festival. The film directed by actor, Nandita Das struck a chord with jurors just weeks after the deadly Mumbai terror attacks.

The annual Asian 1st films focuses on the debutant talents gave away the awards in Singapore on Wednesday, Dec 10 night. The jury saw a participation of 600 films from 26 countries.

'Firaaq', told through the eyes of ordinary people after deadly communal riots in Gujarat in 2002, won accolades for best screenplay/script and the Foreign Correspondents Association award for best film.

Das, an actress known for her roles in bold, unconventional productions, said she took three years to write a script that was continually influenced by real life events, including bombings.

"It's a film about the effects of violence on relationships and the psyche," Das told.


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