Nicholas Kharkongor’s Mantra has won the Best Feature Film Award at the South Asian International Film Festival 2016, presented by HBO, held in New York, Nov 30 on Dec 4! The top award was chosen by a diverse audience that attended the festival.
Nicholas Kharkongor has captured the imagination of the people with his creative and innovative style for direction and storytelling with his latest film Mantra which stars prominent actors such as Kalki Koechlin, Lushin Dubey, Adil Hussain, Rajat Kapoor and Shiv Pandit.
This is however not his first film for Nicholas Kharkongor has also directed a short movie called ‘Fair and Lowly’ in 2012 . And the subject dealt with a serious issue but the storytelling was done in a lighter vein on India’s fairness cream ads and the craze behind the desire of an average Indian to look fairer than they actually are.
Kharkongor’s vision of Mantra hosted a dynamic array of film stars – Kalki Koechlin, Lushin Dubey, Adil Hussain, Rajat Kapoor and Shiv Pandit highlights multiplicity of issues which a lot of people overlook in their day to day lives. The Film also has a comparative understanding of how two countries which are neighbours (India and China) function as governments and societies.
Watch the trailer here- Mantra
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