Mumbai/ Bhubaneswar, Apr 16:
Mumbai-based journalist Alaka Sahani from Odisha has won the Swarna Kamal as the best film critic at the 61st National Film Awards 2014 for a series of out-of-the-box articles that go beyond glamour, glitz and gossip.
The award carries the Golden Lotus trophy, cash award of Rs 75,000 and a citation.
The citation says, “Through her articles published in 2013, film critic Alaka Sahani has highlighted facets of cinema beyond glamour and goosip by delving deeper into the contemporary relevance of iconic film makers, hunting down the remnants of yesteryear theatres in Mumbai, investigating the new lease of life given to documentary film makers by the internet and by looking at film making on the other side of the border.The jury recommends her for the award for the non-mainstream theme of her articlesand the sensitivity with which she has presented these issues.”
Alaka , a second batch graduate from the IIMC, Dhenkanal, is an assistant senior editor with the Indian Express, Mumbai and heads its features desk.
Her father Keshab Chandra Sahani, a former Deputy Commissioner of Income Tax.