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Honour for Hyderabad's blue-eyed boy

Film-maker and actor Nagesh Kukunoor received the Teachers' Achievement Award in the Creative and Performing Arts category recently.



ENGINEERING FILMS: Nagesh Kukunoor.

"I ALWAYS wanted to, but never had the courage and it took me a while to reach that stage. I went the smart way building my knowledge base before plunging into what I always wanted to do - making films. I don't believe in making films for awards. If you are giving your best in the films you make, success comes to you," says the chemical engineer-turned film-maker Nagesh Kukunoor, the recipient of the Teachers' Achievement Award 2003 in the Creative and Performing Arts category, at a function held at Taj Krishna recently. "This is the second year of the awards and for the first time the Creative and Performing arts category was introduced this year. Other categories being entrepreneurship, photography, science and theatre.

Nagesh Kukunoor got the maximum nominations for the Creative and Performing Arts category in our online poll at the official website for his work," says Srikant Illuri, CEO, Allied Domecq Spirits & Wine (I) Pvt. Ltd.



TALENT RECOGNISED: The film-maker receives the award.

Bringing in a wave of low-budget films that bridge commercial and parallel cinema, Kukunoor's first flick Hyderabad Blues was a sell out and paved the way for the acceptance of other multi-lingual films such as Monsoon Wedding and the recent Bend it like Beckham. As for Kukunoor, "I just wanted to make the film to prove to myself that I can make films. Between commercial and art cinema there can be so many players, the English/Hindi or the multi-language cinema is just one different genre from the song and dance conventional film. For instance, 3 Walls (Teen Deewarein,) my next film slated for release this month, is a drama-mystery thriller. Rockford and Bollywood Calling were different. I told the stories as I wanted to. And I am happy that these two films got a wider national release, what more would a film maker ask for?" he says.

Rooted in Hyderabad , his forthcoming flick Tandoor featuring Amitabh Bachchan is slated to be on the floor in April, with the Hyderabadi cuisine in the backdrop. From the streets of Hyderabad to the Peachtree International Film Festival, Atlanta winning audience awards, Hyderabad Blues did make Kukunoor the blue-eyed boy of the film buffs. Here's to seeing more creative films from him.

SYEDA FARIDA

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