Films on women have always garnered good support and have been appreciated for its content. So when Andarkahini — a film that introspects the ways of society and its moral values through the mirror of womanhood — made it to 37 festival screenings in India and abroad, it became a matter of pride for the director Arnab Kumar Middya. “Now Andarkahini is going to Nepal InternationalFilm Festival 2019, organised by Nepal Film & Cultural Academy and supported by their government. Seeing your film do festival rounds is a high for any filmmaker and it is no different for me. The fact that it is my debut film makes it all the more special,” he said, adding, “People all over are liking my film. It is also winning in the competitive categories. This shows it has both audience and critics’ support.” Some of the noted festivals where the film has won 25 awards for Best Film, Best Director, Best Storywriter, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Music, Best Background Score and Best Makeup are Los Angeles CineFest, South Florida Film Festival 2017, Kolkata International Film Festival 2018 (Bengali Panorama), Dadasaheb Phalke Film Festival 2018, Jaffna International CinemaFestival 2018, Sri Lanka, Third Asian Film Festival 2018 (Official Selection), among others. “I was present at most of these festivals and had interacted with the audience as well as the jury. Their feedback is treasured. I’m happy that Andarkahini is representing Bengali films in the Nepal film festival this year,” said the director.
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