Manoj Bajpayee nominated for Bhonsle in 2019 Asia Pacific Screen Awards

Manoj Bajpayee, plays the title role of a retired Mumbai cop in ‘Bhonsle’, who befriends a North Indian girl and her brother, when the local politicians are trying to get rid of the migrants. 

Ridham Janve’s ‘Gold-Laden Sheep’ and ‘The Sacred Mountain‘ nominated for Best Film

Brisbane: Manoj Bajpayee has been nominated for the third time at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards, this time for his performance in Devashish Makhija’s Bhonsle, while the film has also been honoured with a nomination for the Cultural Diversity Award under the patronage of UNESCO. 

Manoj Bajpayee previously won the acting category in 2016 for Aligarh and was nominated back in 2012 for Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs of Wasseypur

In speaking about the nomination Manoj Bajpayee said, “I am feeling over the moon – Thankyou APSA, such great news that I am nominated for a film which is so very close to my heart. Getting nominated for Bhonsle is such a poetic justice for this film, as this is the film that I have set up, since a very long time, 4 years, with no finance coming from anywhere and finally we got to make this film. APSA is the Academy for Asia Pacific and they give so much respect to all the great films which are made in this part of the world. I look forward to being at APSA with all the nominees and enjoying your hospitality.”
Bajpayee will compete against Chinese actor Wang Jingchun in So Long, My Son (Di Jiu Tian Chang), Israeli actor Eran Naim for Chained (Eynayim Sheli) and two actors from Islamic Republic of Iran, fellow three-time APSA nominee Navid Mohammadzadeh in Just 6.5 (Metri Shisho Nim) and Mohsen Tanabandeh for Rona, Azims Mother (Rona, Madar-e Azim, Islamic Republic of Iran, Afghanistan). 

The Gold-Laden Sheep and The Sacred Mountain

Ridham Janve’s debut feature film The Gold-Laden Sheep and The Sacred Mountain (Sona Dhwandi Bhed Te Suchha Pahad) is nominated for Best Feature Film, up against films from People’s Republic of China, Republic of Korea and Russian Federation. The film is also nominated for the feature debut of cinematographer Saurabh Monga. 

In speaking about the nominations Ridham Janve said “Two nominations!! Wow… that’s a big honor for our little film, to be recognized in the standings of such film giants. We are truly delighted. To be nominated for such prestigious awards is already a win.”

The four other films in contention for Best Feature Film are Chinese films Wang Xiaoshuai”˜s So Long, My Son (Di Jiu Tian Chang) and Pema Tseden’s Balloon (Qìqiú), from Russia Kantemir Balagov’s Beanpole (Dylda) and Bong Joon-ho’s Korean smash hit Parasite.

The full list of nominees were revealed today alongside the Asia Pacific Screen Forum, an exciting program of public and industry events from November 18 culminating with the glittering APSA ceremony on Thursday November 21.

37 films from 22 countries and areas of Asia Pacific achieved nominations, drawn from the 289 films in APSA competition.

Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Adrian Schrinner said the Asia Pacific Screen Awards continues to grow in reputation as an event that brings together the many cultures and voices of the region.

“For the local and global screen industry, Brisbane is becoming a hub for screen business each November,” Cr Schrinner said.

For industry, The Asia Pacific Screen Forum will present a program of events and opportunities to cement ties between the filmmakers and screen industries of the region, unlocking opportunities for the local industry connect and collaborate.”

APSA also continues to be a drawcard for screen-based conferences and events, with this year, the region’s leading computer animation festival SIGGRAPH Asia confirmed for Brisbane, presenting yet more opportunities for industry.

Chair of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards and its Academy, Michael Hawkins said “APSA ignites and honours cinematic excellence, across the vast region of Asia Pacific, and I congratulate all the nominees this year.”

“The Asia Pacific Screen Forum will present a program of events and opportunities to cement ties between the filmmakers and screen industries of the region, and unlock opportunities for the Australian industry to participate.”

The spread of nominees encompasses some of the region’s most acclaimed auteurs and outstanding emerging voices. APSA is proud to foster their development and opportunities through the Asia Pacific Screen Forum, and their induction to the Asia Pacific Screen Academy.” 

APSA represents the 70 countries and areas of Asia Pacific, covering one third of the earth, and encompassing 4.5 billion people and half the world’s film. 

APSA is an international cultural program supported by Brisbane City Council and powered by Brisbane Marketing. APSA is endorsed by foundation partners UNESCO and FIAPF-International Federation of Film Producers Associations. The awards ceremony is an exclusive presentation unique to Brisbane. 

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