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Posted at: May 7, 2017, 2:08 AM; last updated: May 7, 2017, 2:08 AM (IST)

With 3 film awards, students launch a cine blitz

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, May 6

Earning encomiums with their dazzling display of creativity, students of Lovely Professional University (LPU) have won awards at the prestigious annual 7th Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival-2017 in three categories.

The three categories in which the students have won are Creative Awards, Special Festival Mention and Special Jury Mention.

The short films by LPU students— ‘Mantle’, ‘Ittar’ and a short animation film, ‘Nostalgia’— were adjudged best over other entries from India and 50 other countries, in the category for students. Chief Advisor at the Fest, Dr DC Singh and Festival Director Rambhul Singh, awarded trophies and certificates to the students.

The award-winning students are from diverse areas and departments, including those of journalism and film production, mechanical engineering, biotechnology, fine arts and others. All of them belong to different states including Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Odisha and Kerala, among others. Asinty Jagdish, a seventh semester student of mechanical engineering who hails from Vishakhapatnam, is the director and screenplay writer of the award winning short film ‘ Mantle’, which urges the audience to turn environmentalists with the slogan, “ Save tree & save earth”. Biotech student Binoy Verghese from Kerala, acted as the villain and is shown cutting and selling wood. However, he realises the importance of both land and tree and gets reformed. Sarthak Kumar Sahu, an ECE student at LPU from Odisha, helped Jagdish as director of photography..

Film production student Anish Kashyap from Chhattisgarh pitched in for cinematography while Fine Arts and photography student Sai Charan from Andhra Pradesh worked on the camera.

Manish Vyas and Saif Baidya, who belong to the film production department, have been awarded for the short film “Ittar” which is about social reforms and cleanliness. Similarly, awarded under the category of Jury Mention, the animation film by Abdur Rehman and his team is about the reminiscences of earlier decades, when days used to be more fun and entertaining.

LPU Chancellor Ashok Mittal congratulated the creative teams and asked the students to continue with their works for the brilliant career ahead. Mittal also informed that many other LPU students have already been honoured for their creativity at the fourth and sixth sessions of Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival.

Asinty Jagdish, an award winning student, said, “I am glad that my university inspired me and other students to participate in this quality festival. It was really an honour to participate and win the prize for our creations. In fact, the winners are overwhelmed. No doubt, our team members hail from different parts of the country, but our creativity never knew any boundary. We worked unitedly as per the culture of our university.”


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