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Mangaluru: 'Anthu' dominates first-ever Hyssna Global Konkani Cine Awards

Sujay Shanbhag and Esther Noronha won Best Actor Male and Female Awards respectively

Pics: Dayanand Kukkaje

Daijiworld Media network - Mangaluru (SB) 

Mangaluru, Dec 10: ‘Anthu' dominated the first ever Global Konkani Cine Awards, instituted by Hyssna International LLC and  Mandd Sobhann, which was held at Kalaangann, Shakthinagar here on Sunday, December 9. 

‘Anthu’ bagged four awards out of eight in the categories of Best Movie, Best Director, Best Actor-Male and Best Supporting Actor-Female. 'Sophiya’ secured the Best Actor-Female and Best Script awards.  

‘Ek Aslyar Ek Na’ bagged the award for Best Supporting Actor-Male and ‘Connection’ won the same for Best Music. 

Each award consisted of the coveted title, trophy and Rs. 25,000 in cash. The winner of the Best Short Film Award was presented Rs 5,000 cash prize.  

In a glittering and star graced evening, Prakash Raj, eminent multilingual cine star and Ronald Pinto, managing director, Hyssna International LLC, Abu Dhabi presented the awards.  

"I also started my journey into cinema with a small film industry like Konkani. Today, I feel the same atmosphere when I bagged my first award. I congratulate all the winners and those who were part of award winning movies. It is not important that everyone should make or produce magnum opus like 'Bahubali'. It is not relevant too. We need result oriented projects which show the positive side of the society. Cinema has now become the language of the new century. By involving in this, you should become ambassadors of your language and culture,” said Prakash Raj, in his congratulatory speech. 

Addressing the gathering Ronald Pinto said, “First and foremost, I congratulate Mandd Sobhann for encouraging Konkani culture and language through various programmes and projects. It has already registered its name in Guinness Book of Records. Now Mandd Sobhann has come forward with Konkani cine awards. I appreciate its new mission. Konkani cinema is still very young. It needs a lot of encouragement and support from people. I assure my support for the awards in future also. I congratulate the artistes and producers of the movies who won awards today." 

Eric Ozario, Gurkar , Mandd Sobhann, Louis Pinto, president, and Stany Alvares felicitated Dixon D’ Souza, executive producer of Kannada film ‘Viroopa’, and Nelson Rodrigues, NRI entrepreneur, who were the cosponsors of the event.  

Lorna, popularly known as ‘Goan Nightingale’, was another highlight of the event backed by a live band of accomplished musicians led by Norman Cardozo. Naisa Lotlikar, the young Goan singing sensation, also enthralled the audience with her singing. Nach Sobhann presented dances.  

Arun Raj and Dr Ravishankar Rao from Mangaluru and Akshata Bhat from Goa compered the programme.  

The list of award winners:  

1. Best Movie: Anthu 

2. Best Director:  K Akshay Nayak (Anthu)

3. Best Actor (Male): Sujay Shanubhag (Anthu)

4. Best Actor (Female): Esther Noronha (Sophiya)

5. Best Supporting Actor (Male): Ron Rodrigues (Ek Aslyar Ek Na)

6. Best Supporting Actor (Female): Poornima Suresh (Anthu)

7. Best Script: Harry Fernandes (Sophiya)

8. Best Music: Christ Silva/Joel Fernandes/Tyron Noronha (Connection)

9. Best Short Film: 'Amche Ghor' 

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  • Augustine Daniel DSouza, Udupi Mumbai STATE OF KUWAIT.

    Sat, Dec 15 2018

    Coongratulations to all winner Konkani Cine Awards Actors.

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  • Jossie Mascarenhas, Bajpe / Dubai

    Mon, Dec 10 2018

    Congratulations to the winners. Certainly, the best of the lot have won for they are not only responsible for the growing popularity of Konkani cinema but also have set a standard.

    Prakash Raj's address was indeed an inspiration. Plaudits to Mandd Sobhann for their relentless endeavor to take Konkani to much higher level.

    Finally, wishing Ronald Pinto and his family all the blessings that they deserve for their selfless patronage towards Konkani.

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  • Praveen s, Permannur

    Mon, Dec 10 2018

    Hats up to organizres we born this small cultural heritage city witnessed global event of konkani with unique way.. As celebraty guest Mr prakash told he also start from small stage and get chance to go up.. After won Ester words heart teaching... This event truly based on hard work of organisers and sponers...we have to say thank everyone those who behind this event... Kudos all of you for this historic benchmark.....

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  • joe Gonsalves, Mangalore

    Mon, Dec 10 2018

    My hearty congratulations to the winners of the awards. However more than that I say kudos to the Organizers of the event. Mr. Eric Ozario, Louie Pinto and the others.

    A special congrats to Mr. Ronald Pinto from Dubai who graciously sponsored the program

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  • Danny, Manglore/Valencia

    Mon, Dec 10 2018

    Congrats all winners .
    Congrtas to Poornima Suresh ( Best support actress for Flim Anthu)

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  • Royal Almeida, Mangalore

    Mon, Dec 10 2018

    It was an great event to witness in our city of Mangalore. Congrats to all the winners, specially Anthu, Ek Aslyar Ek Na , Sophia, Connection and also the Short Amche Ghar on winning the awards in respective categories, remember watching Amche Ghar on YouTube, for the first time my parents had suggested me to watch a film, they had shared the link few months back. Hats off to Mand Sobhan for initiating this award function in support of young filmmakers.

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  • Asha Vas, Dubai

    Mon, Dec 10 2018

    Congratulations to all the winners, happy to see Konkani Film awards being awarded to the young film makers. Sadly I've watched only one among the winners, Amche Ghar short film on YouTube which is beautifully done by the team, whole of my family in Dubai we loved it, Congratulations again to team, great initiative by kalaangan in encouraging these young film makers.

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  • Max and Jessie Rasquinha, Mangalore, Houston/Dallas, Texas

    Mon, Dec 10 2018

    What a spectacular and colorful event that we were able to witness at the "Kala Anghan" performing Art Center on Sunday evening. What a lovely open-air event filled with variety of Cine Awards with prominence to movies such as "Anthu" as well as "Yekh Aslyar yek nah" which we are tempted to see on the screen sooner or later. Most of the recipients of the Awards were young and energetic, and they have a much more promising future ahead of them.

    The musical entertainment provided by prominent singer Lorna, whose prominent and powerful voice that we had heard thru a record several decades ago was a gift of the evening that we will never forget.
    The major highlight of the evening was also the distinguished presence of Mr. Prakash Raj, a prominent Director of so many movies in Tamil, Telegu, Kannada and even Thulu. Mr. Prakash Raj not only appeared on the stage several times to present the Awards but also gave an eloquent message prior to his departure to Mumbai that inspired the entire audience a great deal.

    The entire event that lasted for nearly three hours was a successful event, well organized. Thanks to the able Master of Ceremonies such as Mr. Arun Raj and Ms. Akshatha Bhat who narrated the entire program so well that the audience could follow up well from the start till the end.

    Our grateful thanks also go out to Mr. Ronald Pinto from Dubai who graciously sponsored the program and made all of us proud with the spectacular event, which is one of a kind for the "Smart City" of Mangalore. Shriman Eric Ozario and Shriman Louie Pinto and many others were some of the shining Stars who were luminous in their own quiet yet prominent manner.

    God bless "Mandh Sobhanne" Group for all their professional efforts in producing such a fine Show in Mangalore. God bless one and all. This was a fine event that will be long remembered.

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