Manhole Malayalam film by Vidhu Vincent wins awards at IFFK 2016

Manhole is the first Malayalam film by a female director screened in the competition section of International Film Festival. Journalist turned film director Vidhu Vincent bagged two awards for her debut movie Manhole at the 21st International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK), 2016.

The awards include 'The Silver Crow Pheasant Award' [Rajatha chakoram] for the Best Debut Director and a cash prize of INR 3 lakhs.'Manhole" also won  the 'FIPRESCI Award'for the 'Best Malayalam Film'. The film tells the story of manual scavengers, section of people disowned by society. According to the international jury at IFFK, the film directed Vidhu 'expressed an everyday unnoticed social issue in a simple and important, yet a powerful visual image narrative'a and 'we find a true cinema potential in the director and look forward for her future works'.

FIPRESCI Award is 'for the raw reality with which the film sheds light on the persistent inhumanity of manual scavengers in India, despite its being legally banned, in a cinematically eloquent manner'. Kammattipadam by Rajeev Ravi won the NETPAC award at IFFK 2016 for the best Malayalam film. CLASH (Eshtebak) by Director Mohamed Diab won suvarna chakaoram for the best film and the best director award is bagged by YesimUstaoglu for CLAIR OBSCUR (Tereddüt).

Vidhu Vincent is also the winner of  Kerala State Television Awards 2015 for the short film Nadakanthaym on Media one. Vidhu Vincent earlier made a documentary on a topic related to Manhole named 'Vrithiyude Jaathi'. She also plans to publish an book Daivam Olivil Poya Naalukal- an expanded version of the topic.

Manhole -film by Vidhu Vincent
Manhole -film by Vidhu Vincent . 
Cast and Crew of Manhole
Director Vidhu Vincent
Producer: Vincent M P
Story, Screenplay: Umesh Omanakuttan
Cinematographer: Saji Kumar
Editor: Appu Bhattathiri
Art Director: Ajith Plakkadu
Music Director: Sidhartha Pradeep
Sound Recordist: Faizal Ahamed
Cast: Rincy, Ravikumar, Shylaja, Suni, Baiju, Gouri, Saji Thulasidas, Mini

Karuthamuthu Serial fame Actress Renu Sounder(Rincy) played the role of heroine Shalini, in the Malayalam movie Manhole.

Update :   Manhole, directed by Vidhu Vincent won the awards for best film and best director award at the 47th Kerala State Film Awards 2016. She is the first woman to win best director award at the Kerala state film Awards 


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