It is perhaps a record of sorts, that a Hindi feature film has won 13 international awards in a single year.
‘Evening Shadows’, the Hindi feature film about a mother coming to terms with her son’s sexuality and grappling with acceptance within a conservative society, has screened at more than 50 international film festivals across the world since premiere in February 2018 at Mardi Gras film festival in Sydney.
The film has won jury awards for best feature, audience awards for best feature, awards for lead actress Mona Ambegaonkar for her performance, and awards for director Sridhar Rangayan for direction and also furthering LGBTQ cinema movement in India.
“It is beyond our imagination, that the film ‘Evening Shadows’ has received so many awards and such a good response across the world. But more than anything the appreciation by the audience has been astounding. The laughters and tears of the viewers are our true awards”, said Sridhar Rangayan.
Mona Ambegaonkar who has just returned from a three-city screening tour in US East Coast exults, “I have come back with a bagful trophies and that’s a big high! The film is being appreciated so much at the screenings, and the Q&As would never end!”
The film has screened in USA, UK, Australia, Canada, Italy, Romania, Ecuador, Germany, South Korea, China, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Kosovo, Peru and India.
“It is very heartening that we have been able to reach out to audiences in even far away countries like Romania, Peru, Ecuador and even Kosovo! ‘Evening Shadows’ is a universal story that touches every heart”, said Saagar Gupta, producer, creative director and dialogue writer of the film.
The film has received a UA certificate by the censor board and is being readied for a theatrical release in January 2019.
“We are excited to open the film theatrically soon, as the film is definitely a big screen experience”, said Rangayan.
Awards won by ‘Evening Shadows’:
§ Best International Feature audience award at Out On Film, Atlanta
§ Jury Award for Best Men’s Feature at North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
§ Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at Chicago South Asian Film Festival
§ Audience Choice Award at Caleidoscope Indian Film Festival, Boston
§ Audience Award for Best Feature at Outreels, Cincinnati
§ Best Performance in a Supporting Role at Out At The Movies, Winston-Salem
§ Special Mention for Best Actor at OMovies, Italy
§ Best LGBTQ Film award at Lifft India Filmotsav-World Cine Fest, Lonavla
§ Vincenzo Ruggiero Award for Best Director at OMovies, Italy
§ Hope Award at Caleidoscope Indian Film Festival, Boston
§ Interfaith Discernment Award at Kansas International Film Festival
§ ‘Celebration of Courage’ award at OUT HERE NOW: Kansas City LGBT Film Festival
§ ‘Free To Be Me’ award at Roze Filmdagen, Amsterdam