Malayalam film “Bhayanakam” (Fear) directed by Jayaraj won the best cinematography award at the Beijing International Film Festival on Saturday (April 20)
The cinematography was done by Nikihil S Praveen. The film had also won the best cinematography award at the 65th National Film Awards. Both Jayaraj and lead actor, writer and journalist Renji Panicker who attended the festival received the award.
The film portrays the visits of first World War veteran to a small village in the backwaters of Kerala’s Kuttanand as a postman during the World War-II. He shares with the families the good and bad news of the soldiers who took part in the war. According to Jayaraj, about 600 soldiers from Kerala died during the World War-II.
Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan-starrer “Zero” was screened at the end of the festival. Shah Rukh, who made his maiden visit to China on April 17, took part in the festival, especially in the “China-India Film Cooperation Dialogue” along with film director Kabir Khan.
The festival also screened five Indian films, including Satyajit Ray’s “Pather Panchali”, “Apur Sansar”, “Aparajito”, the romantic comedy “Love Per Square Foot”, the 2018 Indian romantic comedy and the thriller “Ittefaq”.