"Newsmakers from Hyderabad"
film Director wins the National Award for 'Tiladaanam'
The Indira Gandhi Award for the best first film of a director at
the 49th National Award has been bagged by City based KNT Sastry
for the film Tiladaanam.The citation says, "The film brilliantly
portrays the juxtaposition of two diverse ideologies existing
within the same family-the fathers belief in his religion and
traditions and his sons revolutionary ideology. The film strikes
a very fine balance of inter generation explorations"
Sastry who had earlier written the screenplay and directed "Surabhi"
won The Best Anthropological/Ethnographic film Award at the
47th National Film Festival. Mr.K.N.T.Sastry is a columnist,
film critic and a documentary film maker. While he has
handled direction on video format, Surabhi was his maiden
attempt on film format. Surabhi has gone to almost
all the major International Film Festivals and has got
rave reviews from all over. It was a dream come true for
to realize this documentary on the screen. Scarce funds
delayed the project,
| but in a way it was to
their advantage. It was indeed a challenging job to bring
all these into a 30-minute frame-work of short documentary.
The film avoids the conventional commentary and uses their
stage leader to share their history. Live recording of
music, clippings from their plays, and using them in the
film have given a realistic portrayal - as real as their
pathetic life style captured in the frames. The
documentation is a historical milestone in the cultural map
of Telugu Theatre.
Mr.K.N.T. Sastry, a resident of
Trimulgherry is a man of simple tastes and a veteran in the field
of Film journalism .He has also completed a documentary on
Mr.K.N.T.Sastry is the Recipient
of national awards as Best Film critic (Rajat Kamal-1989),
Best Book on Cinema (Swarna Kamal-1994), and special
mention for his work 'Alanati Chalana Chitram' in 1997.He
has also scripted the award winning 'Dasi' and
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