Jio Studios’ The Storyteller wins German Star of India 2023 Audience Award at Stuttgart

Jio Studios’ The Storyteller, based on a Satyajit Ray story, has won the Audience Award at Stuttgart. Photo: Jio Studios

Jio Studios’ The Storyteller continues to earn international recognition during its festival run, achieving yet another milestone by receiving the German Star of India 2023 honor for director Ananth Mahadevan in the category ‘Audience Award’ at the Indian Film Festival Stuttgart in Germany. The award is given by the audience for outstanding achievements in entertainment. The film received great appreciation and a warm reception with a packed audience during its recent screening at the festival, where it was also the Closing Film.

An elated Ananth Mahadevan stated, “The unanimous acknowledgement of The Storyteller from Busan to Houston, London, IFFI and now Stuttgart is absolutely overwhelming. What has indeed been rewarding is the acceptance of understated performances and subtle storytelling that conforms to global cinema. When I set out to pay tribute to the Master (Satyajit Ray), I had set a very nervous foot forward. But the thought process and the effort to emulate Ray seem to have paid handsome dividends.”

Actor Adil Hussain adds, “I am extremely happy, especially because it’s an audience award. Critics awards I can understand because this film is a very well-written, well-directed and acted film, and everyone has done a fantastic job and it’s a brilliant cinema whose story was written by one of the legendary filmmakers of India – Satyajit Ray. But when the audience also gives us a thumbs-up then it makes sense that it has done so well. Despite the complexities of the story the audience is loving it, which is a great sign. I am very glad that we won the award.”

Jio Studios The Storyteller is produced by Jyoti Deshpande, Salil Chaturvedi, Suchhanda Chatterjee and Shubha Shetty. It stars Paresh Rawal, Adil Hussain, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Revathy, Anindita Bose and Jayesh More.

Based on a short story by the legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray and hailed as “The original among all originals,” The Storyteller tells the saga of a wealthy businessman who hires a storyteller to help get over his insomnia, turning more intriguing as twists are added to it.  The original Bengali short story, Golpo Boliye Tarini Khuro, is one among the series of stories written by Ray, based on the enigmatic character Tarini Khuro that he created.




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