Mumbai, 13 February 2020: Maadathy, produced by Karuvachy Films and Co-Produced by Golden Ratio Films (GRF) – a Film Production and Distribution arm of the renowned Singapore-based Media Investment entity Vistas Media Capital (VMC), wins 4 awards at the Aurangabad International Film Festival. The “FIPRESCI (Fédération Internationale de la PRESSE CInématographique)-India Jury Award”, “Best Cinematography Award” for Jeff Dolen, Abhinandhan Ramanujam and Karthik Muthukumar, “Best Actress Award” for Ajmina Kassim and the “Golden Kailasha Award” for Best The FIPRESCI-India Jury Award’s Citation remarks “Maadathy, An Unfairy Tale” was chosen unanimously as the Best Film, for poetically yet powerfully depicting the plight of the doubly disadvantaged dalit women.
The plot revolves around a young girl who grew up in an oppressed caste, the “unseeables” and how she refused to be defined by her birth identity and came to be immortalised as their local deity, Maadathy. The film reflects on caste, gender, violence and faith that are embedded in the culture and adapts a style that makes it a contemporary fairy tale. Directed by filmmaker Leena Manimekalai, this feature film is a mix of drama and mystery. The film’s first look was launched by Oscar winning Composer A.R.Rahman, during its world premiere at the Busan International Film in October 2019 and its teaser was released by Actor-Director Nandita Das during its India Premiere at Kolkata International Film Festival in November 2019. The film is currently doing its festival rounds globally and queued up for a theatrical release nationally.
Director-Producer Leena Manimekalai expressed her gratitude to the esteemed jury of Aurangabad International Film festival for expanding the visibility for the film with the due recognition and rain of awards on behalf of the team, cast, crew, crowd funders and the people of VK Puram, Papanasam and Anavankudiyiruppu of Tirunelveli district who made this community participatory film possible.
Co-Producer Piiyush Singh said, “We are thrilled to win these many awards at the festival as it makes for a milestone for Golden Ratio Films. Our core focus will always be to release strong content driven films for the viewers. We are looking forward to the message that Maadathy sends out resounds in the most remote corners of the nation.”
Set in the wilderness, the film’s teaser is backed by a beautiful background score, resonating the emotions felt by the strong visuals of the film. Link to the teaser: