New Delhi: The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, going by the axiom Jagran group has proved by hosting two successful editions of Jagran Film Festival (JFF) that how an initiative to highlight parallel, low budget and meaningful movies in smaller towns can draw an overwhelming response.

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The last day of the JFF in New Delhi remained a testimony to the presence of array of prominent Bollywood dignitaries along with top brass of Jagran group. The impetus of the group on low budget and meaningful cinema was appreciated by all and sundry present in the grand event at Siri Fort auditorium on Sunday.

Distribution of major awards on the final day of JFF made the occasion an even more special one. Padam Bhushan recipient and noted film maker Yash Chopra was felicitated with the Life Time Achievement Award for his outstanding contribution to the Bollywood industry. The man who has given some of the biggest romantic blockbusters to the country said, “I make and sell dreams.”

The Best Actor award jointly went to Rishi Kapoor and Vinay Pathak for their heart winning performances in Do Dooni Chaar and Antardwand respectively. Divya Dutta bagged the Best Actor (female) for her performance in Monica. Onir received the Best Director award, whereas Critic award went in favour of Stanley Ka Dabba. Best Script award went to Raj Kumar Gupta for No One Killed Jessica, Sushil Rajpal received Best Film award for Antardwand.

Sachin-Jigar won the Best Music award for the film Shor in the City.

Juhi Chawla, Rajeev Khandelwal, Sanjay Suri, Vineet Kumar, Madhur Bhandarkar, Ashok Chakradhar, Farooq Sheikh, Sarika Hasan, Tushar Gandhi were among the prominent personalities to grace the occasion on the last day.

 Dainik Jagran inaugurated the second edition of JFF in Kanpur on July 9, 2011. The Jagran Prakashan Limited initiative was meant to cover 12 cities of India prominently including Kanpur, Allahabad, Varanasi, Agra, Meerut, Dehradun, Patna, Ranchi, Jamshedpur and Delhi.

The three-day JFF started in New Delhi from September 23. JFF, in its second year has taken a host of new initiatives by having a tie-up with CFSI, Information and Broadcasting Ministry, Government of India in order to preview movies from the archive of Children Film Society of India.

JFF has provided the required platform for the small budget films to make an impact in smaller towns which are often deprived on such movies. Another primary focus of the JFF has been to draw the youth towards the low budget movies. With main stream cinema dominating the box office, the low budget movies are often left ignored. As youth identified themselves with the low budget movies, the effort derived the desired results.

While, the first day of the festival commenced with the screening of movie like Dil Ki Basti Main, the second day showcased films like Phans gaye re Obama, Queens! Destiny of dance, Harvest of Grief, Village of widows, The Untitlled Karthik Krishan Project, which connected with genre of people. Films like ‘I AM’, Shuttle Cock Boys, Partly Right met appreciation from the viewers.

The first day of JFF witnessed noted Director Mahesh Bhatt speak out his experiences before the audience.

CEO and Editor Jagran Sanjay Gupta and Chief General Manager Dainik Jagran Nishikant Thakur were also present on the occasion.

Nivedita Dash