Adil Hussain-starrer wins top award in Durban

Mumbai: Ad filmmaker Bauddhayan Mukherji’s "The Violin Player", starring Adil Hussain, has won the Best Feature Film at the 37th Durban International Film Festival. Also starring Bengali actor Ritwick Chakraborty, "The Violin Player" was the only Indian feature in the competition at the recently concluded festival. The jury described the film as “a seductive and mysterious tale of a violin player’s mundane life, and an interesting take on how chance encounters are almost predestined". "The Violin Player" is the story of one day in the life of a Bollywood session violinist who finds expression in an unlikely place. The day unfolds to reveal startling truths about music, art, life and survival. The film is produced by Monalisa Mukherji under the banner of Little Lamb Films. When asked about the journey of the film, director Bauddhayan Mukherji said in a statement: "The journey of 'The Violin Player' is just beginning. As far as Durban is concerned, for us filmmakers, a festival like this is like the Olympics where one gets to represent one's country. Hence, a win here makes it sweeter as you end up winning laurels not for the film, not for yourself, but for India."