Awards 2017

South Asian
Literary Icon

Javed Akhtar

Javed Akhtar is an Indian political activist, poet, lyricist and screenwriter. He is originally from the Gwalior area. He is a recipient of the Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan, the Sahitya Akademi Award as well as five National Film Awards. Read More…

South Asian
Icon of the Year

Abhay Deol

Abhay Singh Deol, is an Indian actor and producer, who works predominantly in Hindi language films. Born in the influential Deol family of the Hindi cinema, he began acting at a young age in theater productions at his school. Deol made his on-screen debut in 2005 with Imtiaz Ali’s romantic comedy Socha Na Tha. Read More…

Fresh Voice of
South Asian Cinema

Director K Rajagopal

K. Rajagopal is a Singaporean film director and screenwriter. He co-wrote and directed the social drama film A Yellow Bird, which was selected to be screened at the International Critics’ Week, 2016 Cannes Film Festival Read More…

Talent of Singapore

K. P. Sandhu

K. P. Sandhu is an Indian actor who associated with the Hindi film industry. His 2018 release includes the action-romance Pareshaan Parinda, directed by Devesh Pratap Singh.

South Asian
Woman of the Year

Shabana Azmi

Shabana Azmi is an Indian actress of film, television and theatre. Regarded as one of the finest actresses in India, Azmi’s performances in films of various genres have earned her praise and several accolades. This includes a record five National Film Awards and five Filmfare Awards Read More…

Feature Film

Lathe Joshi

Joshi, known as Lathe Joshi for his skilled work on lathe machine, is left without a job when the owner of the workshop has to close the business due to advances in automation.

Director: Mangesh Joshi

Genres: Drama

Short Film

Son of Kali

An evening of intense religious euphoria in the festive streets of Kolkata, India as experienced by a Hindu illegal migrant from Bangladesh, which has seen a genocide against Hindus.

Director: Amit Agarwal

Genres: Drama

Audience Prize
for best Film

Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyun Aata Hai?

Albert Pinto goes missing one day and his girlfriend and family start making rounds at the police station to track him down. Unknown to them, he is on his way to Goa to carry out his first assignment as a hitman.

Director: Soumitra Ranade

Genres: Drama