Two films shot in Jammu and Kashmir bagged the awards of best film and best investigative film awards at 60th National awards held at New Delhi.
‘Shepherds of Paradise’ in Gojri and Urdu, directed by Raja Shabir Khan bagged the best film award and ‘Inshallah Kashmir’, an English film, bagged the best investigative film award.
‘Shepherds of Paradise’ was lauded for portraying the life of a nomadic shepherd Gujjars-Bakerwals families of Jammu and Kashmir with an energy that goes far beyond empathy, creating a moving and compelling narrative that is vividly committed to its subject.
‘Shepherds of Paradise’ shared the Best Cinematography award with another Marathi film ‘Kaatal’.
As per a statement, Dr Javaid Rahi, Secretary Tribal Research and Cultural Foundation on Monday stated that this was an honour for whole of Gujjar community that for the first time a film in Gojri language has adjudged best in national level competition. He congratulated the director of the film for portraying real cultural heritage of nomadic Gujjars-Bakerwals which constitute third largest group in the state.