Labanya Preeti (Loving Hearts)
Director: A K Bir
Lavanya Preeti (1993) is a traditional tale and follows the pattern of `film within a film`. The film illustrates the tale of adolescent love between Gauri and Kedar that is misunderstood by the elders and leads to tragedy. The film won the Best Asian Film award at the Osaka International Film Festival and the Best Children’s Film award at the 41st National Film Awards in 1994.
Director’s Biography: A K Bir
Apurba Kishore Bir, studied cinematography in FTII and began his career making ads, documentaries and short film. He was a key member of Richard Attenborough’s camera team for the multiple Oscar winning ‘Gandhi’. Mr. Bir has made many films for CFSI including ‘Lavanya Preeti’ that won the Best Asian Film at the Osaka International Film Festival and ‘Baaja’ that won the National Award for Best Children’s film in 2003. He is a sensitive filmmaker who has often depicted children trapped in a world of adults obsessed with materialism and lack of harmony. Mr. Bir has won multiple national awards both for cinematography and direction.
The Silver Plaque for Best Film – 8th International Film Festival for Children and Young People – 1993
Best Child Artist – 8th International Film Festival for Children and Young People – 1993
Best Children’s Film & Best Child Artist Awards– 41st National Film Awards – India – 1994
Best Child Artist – 41st National Film Awards – India – 1994