October 23, 2010 07:06:28 PM IST Glamsham Editorial
Director Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan received the Indira Gandhi Award for best Debut Film of a Director at the 57th National Film Awards function from The Honr. President of India, Smt Pratibha Devisingh Patil in a grand ceremony in New Delhi on 22nd Oct, 2010. Sanjay won the award for his first Film Lahore, which already had won many International Awards. Sanjay was honoured with a 'Swarna Kamal' and a cash prize of Rs 1, 25,000/- and Producer Mr Vivek Khatkar of Sai Om Films Pvt. Ltd was also honoured with the same. Actor Farooq Shekh also received Best Supporting Actor award for Sanjay's film LAHORE. The Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Smt. Ambika Soni and the Ministers of State for Information and Broadcasting, Shri Choudhury Mohan Jatua and Dr. S. Jagathrakshakan were also seen.
SANJAY PURAN SINGH CHAUHAN RECEIVING NATIONAL AWARD FROM PRESIDENT PRATIBHA PATIL
"This is a very special moment for me. I am honoured and deeply touch by getting the National Award for Lahore. It is the ultimate encouragement and faith in the first movie I made. I am glad that Lahore with its simple storyline won the heart of the international and national audience. I hope that I keep up with the expectations of everyone in the future. Though, it is going to take some time to sink in the fact that I have won a National Award for my first attempt in the field that I truly love," is what Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan says on his achievement.
Lahore had already won many international awards, including Best Feature Film Jury's Award at the 42nd World Fest (Houston), Most Aspiring Filmmaker at International Filmmaker Fest (UK), Best Actor Award at Salento International Film Festival (Italy), Best Actor Award at Tenerife International Film Festival Award (UK) and six nominations including Best Picture and Best Director at Asian Fest of First Film (Singapore). He is currently working on a science fiction movie which has a realistic theme which has never been attempted by any Indian Film maker.