Rome Film Fest: 'Angry Indian Goddesses' Wins People’s Choice Award

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'Angry Indian Goddesses'

The Indian/German production swept Rome after finding success in Toronto.

Pan Nalin’s Angry Indian Goddesses won the BNL People's Choice Award at the 10th anniversary of the Rome Film Fest. While the festival scrapped its traditional juries this year, it kept its audience award, which is modeled after Toronto’s award, and is chosen by online voting.

Angry Indian Goddesses also picked up the runner’s up Audience Award in Toronto. Billed as the first female Indian “buddy movie,” the film follows Frieda and her friends as she gathers them for a week in Goa for a surprise bachelorette party.

The film stars Sarah-Jane Dias, Rajshri Deshpande, Sandhya Mridul, Amrit Maghera, Pavleen Gujral, Anushka Manchanda and Tannishtha Chatterjee and is produced by Gaurav Dhingra, Pan Nalin, and co-produced by Sol Bondy and Jamila Wenske.

“I am especially pleased that a courageous and revealing film, that sheds light on the condition of women in India, choosing a genre that is traditionally about male bonding, was the one our spectators liked best,” said Piera Detassis, president of the Fondazione Cinema per Roma. 

“Throughout the fest, our spectators have appreciated the richness of this year’s program. I am proud and gratified that the quality of the films has been consistently praised by both the foreign and the Italian press,” said Antonio Monda, artistic director of the Rome Film Fest.

“It makes me particularly happy that this film was voted the winner, because one of the goals I had set for myself was to offer the audience high-quality films from all over the world: the Indian film industry is one of the most advanced, and Pan Nalin’s films are among its most stimulating, dynamic and provocative products,” he continued.

The decade anniversary of the fest screened 53 films from 24 countries. While ticket sales were down from last year, the festival was shorter this year, and the largest cinema venue was not included in this year’s lineup. Overall, under the new artistic direction of Antonio Monda, who brought in a wealth of international films and guests, the festival was considered a huge success for the city.