Jaipur: The trophies at “Zinda Bhaag” team’s shelf gained a new addition yesterday when it secured the “Special Jury Award” at the Closing Ceremony of JIFF – the Jaipur International Film Festival.
The festival, established in 2009, now in its sixth year, is gradually gaining prestige as one of the more recognized film festivals in India, attended by Bollywood and international filmmakers. The Turkish film “The Butterfly’s Dream” by Yilmaz Erdogan as well as actor-director Amol Palekar were also awarded at JIFF.
“Zinda Bhaag”, which already has an international presence by being Pakistan’s official submission at the 2014 Oscars, was also honored with kick-starting JIFF as the “Opening Night” feature presentation.
According to the press release by the producers, “The popularity of the Zinda Bhaag, amongst the Jaipur audiences could be ascertained by the fact that even before the name of the film was announced for the award, the members of the audience were heard to be cheering and shouting out its name”.