Pune: 11th Aarogya Film Festival: ‘Rekha’, ‘Yoddha’ bag first prizes in short films, documentary sections

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Pune, 10th December 2022: Short film ‘Rekha’ and documentary ‘Yoddha’ bagged the first prize at the concluding ceremony of the 11th Aarogya Film Festival, organized by PM Shah Foundation, at National Film Archives of India on Law College Road on Saturday.


In the short film category, Shekhar Rankhambe bagged the first prize for ‘Rekha’, which is based on skin protection. In the documentary section, Pramod Pednekar bagged the first prize for ‘Yoddha’, which is based on autism. The prizes, comprising a certificate and memento, were awarded by noted film and theatre actor Hrishikesh Joshi in presence of Festival Director Advocate Chetan Gandhi.


The second and the third prize in the short film section were bagged by Kiran Pote for ‘Najariyaa’ and Anupam Barve for ‘Goshta Arjunachi’ respectively. The second and the third prize in the documentary section were received by Ganesh Dhotre for ‘2 Chaak 435 Diwas’ and Mamta Chopra for ‘Periods – Chuppi Ki Goonj’.


Directors of all the 31 films that were screened in the festival were given participation certificates.


Speaking on the occasion, Joshi said the need of the hour was to make films on “emerging diseases”.


“There has been rapid advancement in technology and now entertainment is available on personalized mobiles. I think it may lead to narcissism. Today new diseases have emerged like clicking photos and selfies. Films should be done on such modern diseases,” Joshi said.


Over 130 film entries were received for the festival, of which 31 films were selected by a Jury comprising Dr Leena Borude, health care professional and consultant, Film and Technology Institute of India, Vinay Javalgikar, filmmaker and Anuja Deodhar, teacher and social activist.