An enthusiastic audience showed up at Bhartendu Natya Academy to watch the screening of Amdavad Ma Famous. This isn’t an ordinary documentary; directed by Akanksha Tewari a young girl from Lucknow bagged a National Film award for it. The script talks about a young boy taking part in the famous kite festival in Ahmedabad, Uttarayan invokes memories from the past.
Akanksha directed this alongside Arya A. Menon and won the Swarna Kamal for the Best Non-Feature Film at the 63rd National Film Awards. At the event, she said something which everyone from Uttar Pradesh can relate to. She said, “Sometimes, I’ve seen that people who are not from here, have very strong notions of a girl and a boy belonging to Lucknow – that he or she will be very naïve and regressive. The USP of us small town kids is the hunger to do something.”
Akanksha inspired many young film makers from the state to pursue their dreams with her documentary and soul stirring speech. Her documentary was felicitated at Belgrade Film Festival, Al Jazeera International Documentary Festival, Mumbai International Film Festival, Budapest International Documentary Film Festival, and Hot Docs 2016.
Uttar Hamara is proud of this young story teller’s feat and hope she continues to motivate people with her actions.