IGNCA’s film ‘Looking for Challan’ bags prestigious National Film Award

 IGNCA’s film ‘Looking for Challan’ bags prestigious National Film Award

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Looking for Challan, a film produced by the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) and directed by Bappa Ray, clinched the coveted National Award for the Best Investigative Film category. Dr Sachchidanand Joshi, Member Secretary of IGNCA, along with Bappa Ray, received the prestigious accolade from President Droupadi Murmu at an event held at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi. This outstanding recognition of Looking for Challan as the Best Investigative Film this year serves as a testament to the team’s unwavering dedication and collaborative spirit. The film was honoured with the prestigious Rajat Kamal (Certificate of Excellence) and a cash prize of Rs. 50,000.

Looking for Challan intricately delves into the enchanting world of Kerala’s Nilambur forest culture and heritage. It draws its essence and intended message from the profound cultural richness of Kerala’s forest regions, while also shedding light on the untold narratives of the Cholanaikkan community.

Dedicating the award to the whole tema, Ray says, “The film’s journey has been nothing short of an honour. I believe this recognition will further ignite their passion to unravel more undiscovered stories.”

Beyond being a cinematic masterpiece, Looking for Challan serves as a powerful testimony to the capacity of storytelling to bridge gaps, celebrate culture, and evoke transformation. It is a transformative journey not only for the filmmaker but also for all those who rediscover the allure of nature and the resilience of the Cholanaikkan community.



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