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KNT Sastry

City based film Director wins the National Award for 'Tiladaanam'

Hyderabad: 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"

Mr.K.N.T. 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 Mr.K.N.T.Sastry  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 L.V.Prasad.

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
'Maa ooru'.

Maju Kuriakose
Reachout's News Bureau

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