Renowned filmmaker Ram Kamal Mukherjee‘s impactful work has been acknowledged with a Special Mention by the Jury at the esteemed 69th National Film Awards, held in New Delhi. The award was bestowed upon his thought-provoking short film “Ek Duaa,” a project that sheds light on the challenging societal issues often faced by women. Produced by Bollywood luminary Esha Deol, who also played a pivotal role in the film, “Ek Duaa” has gained international recognition for its compelling narrative.
Mukherjee expressed his elation over the prestigious accolade, stating, “Receiving the National Award for ‘Ek Duaa’ fills me with immense joy. This recognition reinforces my commitment to create films that tackle subjects I deeply believe in.” As the director busily oversees the post-production of his ambitious project “Binodiini – Ekti Natir Upakhyan” and simultaneously crafts the screenplay for his upcoming venture “Draupadi,” this recognition serves as an inspiring validation of his artistic pursuits.
“Ek Duaa” resonates with its audience by addressing vital social challenges and urging contemplation and transformation of perspectives. The film’s global success has earned the heartfelt gratitude of its producer, Esha Deol, who regards this National Award as a testament to the film’s enduring impact. She expressed, “I feel blessed. When Ram Kamal narrated the story, I knew this film needed to be brought to life, marking my debut as a producer.”
The reverberations of Mukherjee’s achievement are felt across India, with congratulatory messages flowing from cities like Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Kolkata. The accolade brings “Ek Duaa” into a league of its own among prominent winners, alongside releases like Vicky Kaushal’s “Sardar Udham,” R Madhavan’s “Rocketry,” and “Pushpa: The Rise,” among other exceptional films, that clinched recognition at the 69th National Film Awards. This remarkable achievement further solidifies Ram Kamal Mukherjee’s place as a storyteller of substance and a force to reckon with in the world of cinema.