Gujarati film Gandhi & Co. wins second best Indian Cinema award

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Director Manish Saini and producer Mahesh Danannavar with their award. Photo: Promotions Redefined

The Manish Saini-directed Gujarati film Gandhi & Co. has won the award for the  second-best Indian Cinema award film at the 13th Bengaluru International Film Festival (BIFFES). Featuring Darshan Jariwala, Reyaan Shah, Hiranya Zinzuwadia, Jayesh More, Druma Mehta, Sharad Vyas and Dhyani Jani, it is produced by Mahesh Danannavar.

The film was chosen among 200 films from 55 countries. BIFFES is being organized for the Government of Karnataka. It is accredited by the prestigious International Federation of Film Producers Association (FIAPF).

The film was part of the Film Bazaar Recommends 2021 List among many Asian films that was conducted by the National Film Development Corporation of India (NFDC), Ministry of Information & and Broadcasting, Government of India.

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Gandhi & Co is a lighthearted Gujarati comedy that tells a story with a backdrop of Gandhian values of honesty and harmony in an entertaining way. This film is a coming-of-age family drama. Manish Saini earlier directed the National Award-winning Gujarati film Dhh. This is his second film as writer and director. Mahesh Danannavar had earlier produced the Gujarati blockbuster, Shu Thayu?!.

“It’s an honor to receive an award from Governor of Karnataka, Being from Bengaluru,  my hometown and winning an award for a Gujarati film, where I belong, means a lot to me,” said Mahesh as he receive the award, along with director, from the Karnataka Governor, Thaawar Chand Gehlot.

Director Manish Saini says, “We are busy in giving meaningful content to society and we are happy that our efforts are being recognized at the festival. We hope that more and more people will watch the film and appreciate it.”

K.S. Ramesh, the world-renowned magician and actor, who was part of the festival jury, said, “This is the kind of wonderful cinema that brings back lots of nostalgia and childhood memories. I loved the film and enjoyed every scene. I congratulate the entire team for their efforts”.

National award-winning actor Darshan Jariwala, who is part of the cast, added, “This was the first International film festival for Gandhi & Co, and winning an award is very special moment for all of us.”

The film has already started receiving invitations from around the world to be a part of many forthcoming international film festivals this year.

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