Ram Kamal’s ‘Rickshawala’ wins Best Shorts competition in USA


Indian feature filmmaker Director Ram Kamal Mukherjee, has won a prestigious Award of Excellence, from The Best Shorts Film Competition for Rickshawala. The award was given for Ram Kamal Mukherjee’s exciting direction, under the banner of Assorted Motion Pictures. “Director Ram Kamal delivered a high quality project with a compelling story line, well researched document with outstanding technical and performance craft. Special mention to male protagonist Avinash Dwivedi for paying tribute to legendary Indian actor Om Puri through his craft”, says the Festival Director from The Best Shorts Film Competition, California, USA.

“I am overwhelmed that ours being the only Bengali film, apart from one Hindi feature that could make it’s presence felt at the global platform at this prestigious festival. I always feel excited and proud to see my tricolor National Flag shining bright with other countries. I am thankful to jury members and Festival Director for this honour bestowed upon my film Rickshawala. The film has been travelling across the globe and this has been a matter of pride and happiness for all of us in India,” says Director Ram Kamal Mukherjee. The film is produced by Aritra Das, Sarbani Mukherjee, Shhailendra Kkumar and Gaurav Daga. Exquisitely shot in Kolkata by internationally acclaimed cinematographer Modhura Palit, edited by Pronoy Dasgupta. The music is composed by Neerajan Saha and vocals rendered by Krishanu Banerjee.

The Best Shorts Competition recognizes film, television, videography and new media professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity, and those who produce standout entertainment or contribute to profound social change. Entries are judged by highly qualified professionals in the film and television industry. “I can’t believe that our film bagged this prestigious award in the USA. I would give this entire credit to my director Ram Kamal Mukherjee, who conceived and executed this film with finesse. As an actor I have received maximum accolades for this film, and it will always remain very close to my heart,” says actor Avinash Dwivedi. The film also stars Sangita Sinha and Kasturi Chakraborty. The film will be premeired exclusively on BiiggBang Amusement in July.

In winning a Best Shorts Award, Ram Kamal Mukherjee joins the ranks of other high-profile winners of this internationally respected award including The Weinstein Company for Market Hours, Disney Interactive for Vinlymation: A Love Story and Oscar winning production Mr. Hublot from Laurent Witz from Luxembourg.

Rick Prickett, who chairs The Best Shorts Competition, had this to say about the latest winners, “Best Shorts is not an easy award to win. Entries are received from around the world from powerhouse companies to remarkable new talent. The Best Shorts Competition helps set the standard for craft and creativity. The judges were pleased with the exceptional high quality of entries. The goal of Best Shorts is to help winners achieve the recognition they deserve.”

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