4 Indian films nominated for Asia Pacific Screen awards

Melbourne : Four critically acclaimed Indian films – “Dev D”, “A Wednesday”, “Tahaan” and “Mumbai Meri Jaan” — have been nominated in different categories for the Asia Pacific Screen Awards to be announced Nov 26.

Anurag Kashyap is nominated in the best director category for his take on Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s novel “Devdas” in “Dev D”; Santosh Sivan’s “Tahaan” is nominated in the Best Children’s Film: Shripal Morakhia and Mubina Rattonsey category; Naseeruddin Shah is nominated for the best actor award for his performance in “A Wednesday”; and Yogesh Vinayak Joshi and Upendra Sidhaye are nominated for their screenplay for “Mumbai Meri Jaan”.

Malini Fonseka gets a nomination in best actress category for “Akasa Kusum” (Flowers of the Sky) – a Sri Lanka and India co-production.

Feroz Abbas Khan, director of “Gandhi, My Father”, is one of the jury members.

Winners will be announced Nov 26 at the third annual APSA Ceremony on Australia’s Gold Coast.

The Asia Pacific Screen awards has announced nominees in nine award categories with 37 films from 16 countries — Australia, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Palestine, China, South Korea, Russia, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Turkey.

“Nominees were determined from a record number of 212 entries from 43 countries,” said APSA Chairman Des Power in a statement.

APSA is a collaboration between CNN International, Unesco and FIAPF International Federation of Film Producers Associations. Films are judged on cinematic excellence and the way in which they attest to their cultural origins.

Japan is strongly represented in 2009 with a total of seven nominations followed by China with six. Iran, Russia and South Korea have received five nominations while India has four.

Countries nominated in the APSAs for the first time this year are Thailand, Cambodia and Palestine.

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