Guwahati: The Khasi film ‘IEWDUH’ has continued to win laurels as it bagged two Awards at the 67th National Film Awards, after shinning at the international level earlier.
The film once again brought glory to Meghalaya when it was named the ‘Best Khasi Film’, as the winners were announced at New Delhi on March 22, 2021.
‘IEWDUH’ also picked up the award for ‘Best Sound Recording’, making it the first film from North East region to receive the top award in this category.
The film had hit the screens on November 15, 2019, when it was released in Shillong, Guwahati, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore and Kolkata. It was the first Khasi film to have been released simultaneously outside Shillong.
Iewduh is based on the everyday lives of the people in Iewduh, also popularly known as Bara Bazar, one of the oldest markets in Northeast. It also highlights the relationship of people in Iewduh, and the ups and downs that they face.
The film is about everyday people, with everyday stories, not dignified as heroes, but people who make the lives of each other better.
On making a film in Khasi language, the two-time National Award winning filmmaker Shankar Lall Goenka said: “I was born and brought up in Shillong, which is my hometown. Through films, I want to give it back to the society and the people of Meghalaya. That is the reason I made ‘IEWDUH’.”
Earlier, the movie, made under the banner of Shiven Arts, was premiered in India at the 21st Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival in October. It has also been selected in the Indian Panorama at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), Goa.
Cinematographer Pradip Daimary of ‘IEWDUH’ was officially selected for the Asian Cinematography Awards, which were held in Manila, Philippines, in February, 2020. ‘IEWDUH’ was also screened during this two-day festival there and competed for the Golden Eagle Award.