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Bahubali wins best feature, Kangana & Big B snag best actor awards



Bahubali, Kangana Ranaut & the Big B win National Award
Bahubali, Kangana Ranaut & the Big B win National Award

Bahubali, Kangana Ranaut & the Big B top National Awards


NEW DELHI (Diya TV) Indian epic historical film ‘Bahubali’, directed by S.S Rajamouli won the “Best Feature Film” award at the 63rd National Film Awards. The award is especially momentous since this is the first ever, blockbuster budget film out of ‘Tollywood‘ (the Telugu Film Industry). The film cost $18M to produce and grossed $89M at the box office.

The lead actors Prabhas Raju Uppalapati and Rana Daggubati thanked the director and the crew members in making this film super success. “Playing the role of ‘Bahubali’ was one of the most special things of my career”, said Prabhas.

Followed by the best film award, Bollywood superstars Amitabh Bachchan won the best actor award for his performance in “PIKU”. This 73 year actor, who has seen amazing blockbuster in his career has won the National Award the 4th time. He previously won the honour in 1990 for “Agneepath”, for “Black” in 2005 and for “Paa” in 2009.

The ‘Best Actress’ award went to the self-made and talented, Kangana Ranaut, for her film “Tanu Weds Manu Returns”. This is the third victory for Ranaut at the National Awards, having won best actress for “Queen” last year and earlier for best supporting actress for 2008 film “Fashion”.

Ranaut played a double role in the movie, impeccably portraying the simpleton athlete from Haryana, to the small town hottie from Kanpur who gets married to a doctor and moves to London, only to returns back to her maternal home in an attempt to get away and resolve her martial issues.

The Big B character in ‘Piku‘ received critical acclaim while the film grossed nearly $7.9M in the first two weeks internationally & $3.6M in the opening weekend in India.

In the US, San Francisco Bay Area resident Mahesh Kale, originally of Pune, won the Best Playback Single (Male) Award for the Marathi Film ‘Katyar Kaljat Ghusli’.


Mahesh Kale, Vocalist & Teacher

Mahesh Kale, Vocalist & Teacher


Kale is a music teacher and actively works to bring the traditions and culture of Indian classical music to his students in the Bay Area.

One actor who has successfully crossed over to the American Network TV star while maintaining her Bollywood status is Priyanka Chopra, and she took to Twitter, to congratulate fellow actress Kangana Ranuat for her work.

Another sensational film that must be made mention of this year is the “Bajirao Mastani”, a film directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali who won the National Award for ‘Best Direction’.

Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali on the sets of Bajirao Mastani

Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali on the sets of Bajirao Mastani


“This is my first national award as a director it is really very special to me. My mother always prayed that I should get one and here I get it. Her prayers are answered,” Bhansali said.

“Bajrangi Bhaijaan”, produced and starred by Salman Khan, was awarded the most ‘Popular Film’. “This is the very first film produced under the banner of ‘Salman Khan Films’ and is huge encouragement from the Government of India in recognizing our film”, said Amar Butala, COO of Salman Khan Films.

Vishal Bhardwaj, another talented spine the industry who has won the National award seventh time now. He has been awarded for the best adapted screenplay award of this year for crime drama “Talvar”.  

“This is my seventh award. I am very happy this time as it’s a for a film like Talvar, whose story needed to be told. This is my second film alone as a writer so it gives me confidence, a boost to write”, says Bhardwaj.

Kalki Koechlin won a Special Jury Award for her performance in ‘Margarita, With A Straw’, a film that has made the rounds of festivals internationally. Tanvi Azmi won Best Supporting Actress for ‘Bajirao Mastani’. ‘Nanak Shah Fakir’ won Best Film on National Integration. Masaan won Best Debut for a Director.

‘Visaranai’ won Best Tamil Film while ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’ won Best Hindi Film.

Remo D’Souza won Best Choreography for ‘Bajirao Mastani’. The film also won Best Production Design, Best Cinematography and other honours.

The 63rd National Film Award Ceremony took place in New Delhi on 28th of March, to get the complete list, visit National Film Award Winners 2015

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IFFLA celebrates 20 years with a focus to mentor the next generation



IFFLA celebrates 20 years with a trip down memory lane

LOS ANGELES (Diya TV) — IFFLA celebrated their 20th anniversary with familiar faces, overwhelming excitement and new additions to Southern California’s largest Indian and South Asian focused film festival.

Pan Nalin opened the festival with his film Last Film Show, a love letter to cinema and loosely based on his childhood.

“I think IFFLA over the years, it has been like a home in Hollywood. So I was always able to come here and invite people from the industry to see these movies,” said Nalin. “There are producers who usually don’t go to see Indian cinema. So I feel that it’s really important.”

Director Anurag Kashyap returned to host a MasterClass — a way to give back to the festival and fellow filmmakers.

“It is always good to be back here because for me this is where it all started from. And it’s amazing to see that this festival has grown so much and has been sustaining for so long,” said Kashyap.

New filmmakers were honored to be part of the lineup this year, especially after no in-person IFFLA for the last two years.

Hena Asraf, Director of The Return, shares “it feels a little unreal. It feels great! I think especially to be at a festival in person, after over two years.” 

“The community is amazing. The welcome is very warm. It feels just so honoring to be a part of this festival and amongst these filmmakers. I can’t wait to see all the other films,” said The Return Editor Esther Shubinski.

It’s that family feeling that makes IFFLA special and keeps filmmakers, attendees, and staff keep coming back.

Actor and director Ravi Kapoor is “just so grateful for this festival. It has been such a supporter of me. And they’ve helped bring the South Asian diasporic community here in LA together as well. Thank god they’ve lasted 20 years.”

Actor & musician Monica Dogra points out “what’s wonderful about IFFLA [is] it’s super niche, South Asians in LA of all places. [And] it’s small enough so you actually see people anyway.”

Actor Pooja Batra added, “I think they’ve always been eclectic with their mix of selection that they bring around here — smaller budget, smaller sort of productions also need a shout out.”

One of the new additions this year is the Spotlight on South Asia.

Festival founder Christina Marouda added this vertical to present films from different countries like Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nepal. “We’re putting a spotlight on projects we want to support,” said Marouda.

The other major new change this year was a live table read of IFFLA alum Kahlil Maskati’s feature script, Alim Uncle, rather than a closing night film. Fawzia Mirza directed the piece.

These changes reflect IFFLA’s commitment to supporting filmmakers while giving audiences more than a viewing experience. In fact, they are able to be part of the filmmaking process.

Marouda says after 20 years, this is IFFLA’s direction moving forward — a full effort to mentor budding filmmakers, while showcasing new films.

Ravi Kapur and Deepti Dawar contributed to this report.

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Garcetti’s ambassadorship to India in limbo



Garcetti's ambassadorship to India in limbo | Diya TV News

WASHINGTON DC (Diya TV) — Republican Senator Chuck Grassley has lifted the “hold” on the Senate confirmation of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who has been nominated by US President Joe Biden as the country’s next ambassador to India. Initially, Grassley planned to object to the nomination, saying Garcetti failed to properly investigate sexual assault allegations and harassment by a close advisor.

Protesters in Sri Lanka have burned down homes belonging to 38 politicians as the crisis-hit country plunged further into chaos, with the government ordering troops to shoot anyone caught destroying property. Even the former Prime Minister had to be evacuated from his home. Angry Sri Lankans continue to defy a nationwide curfew to protest against what they say is the government’s mishandling of the country’s worst economic crisis since 1948.

Internationally recognized Indian American energy expert Arun Majumdar will head the new Stanford University Doerr School of Sustainability, which aims to tackle urgent climate and sustainability challenges,

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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LA Kings host first Indian cultural night



LA Kings host first ever Indian Cultural Night

LOS ANGELES (Diya TV) — The Los Angeles Kings hosted their first Indian Cultural Night at the Arena, a new initiative intended to broaden their appeal to a growing demographic. Many of the guests in attendance and the special invitees on hand talked about what the representation of the evening means to them.

Robin Bawa, the first South Asian NHL Player, said “this is great. This is a good idea that the Kings are doing. The first Indian Cultural Night here in the US, and they did a good job – coming down here to be part of this was also a great honor. You know it is all about spreading the word and getting the Indian community involved in these types of things and bringing them out to games.”

“We are here to grow the game, and this allows other people to understand the game and really get embraced by it,” said Dampy Brar, APNA Hockey Co-Founder. “So there’s a lot of South Asian families and population here. When they have nights like this, more will come, more will get introduced to hockey, educate themselves. So to be part of this night and to be able to do what I did today was special.”

Amrit Gill, host of Hockey Night in Canada Punjabi Edition, concurred. “If you can see it, you can be it, as cliche as it sounds. It is one of the most powerful tools in helping create more inclusion not only in sports, but in society as well. So I am over the moon to be here, but this is just the beginning.”

Indian American TikTok stars Kiran and Nivi sang the National Anthem. Kiran explained that this is their “first time attending a game and performing the national anthem.” Nivi added she was “just so grateful to be part of this.”

Indian American actress Sway Bhatia says representation matters in sports and media. Bhatia portrays a hockey player on Disney’s brand new Mighty Ducks TV show.

“Seeing so many people with faces of color, and to be one of those people, is just so empowering,” said Bhatia. And you know, other people in the stadium are able to see who we are and see what we do. I mean we had two amazing brown people of color sing the national anthem, which was so beautiful.”

Organizers are calling the evening a success after a larger than expected turnout and hope this continues to expand the popularity of the game.

Randip Janda, Hockey Night in Canada Punjabi Edition Host, points out that “this is a moment where not only hockey fans are able to celebrate what’s going on tonight but this is a community coming together and celebrating those common bonds whether you’re Indian, whether South Asian or not. A celebration like this, it shows you something. That the rink, where you go and you might be having a bad day but you’re going to celebrate. Win, lose or draw, it should be a party every single time. I think this helps us understand people around us and our communities and hockey can be a vessel of that.”

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