Report by OD bureau, Bhubaneswar: Acclaimed Bollywood film director Nila Madhab Panda's film 'Jalpari: The Desert Mermaid wins award at Cannes. Jalpari wins the MIP Junior Kids Award 2012 at Cannes.
'Jalpari: The Desert Mermaid' beat the following finalists to reach the top: 'Chili Girl' from Colombia, 'The Eternal Song: Jazzit II', 'Monster Mountain' & 'One and a Half Friends' from China. The movie centered on the issue of female foeticide is an adventure film, which is screened at Marche du Cannes film festival. The movie has been nominated at the prestigious Asia Pacific Screen Awards(APSA).The sixth APSA ceremony will be organised at Queensland, Australia on November 23, 2012.
Nila Madhab Panda's Jalpari: The Desert Mermaid like film 'I Am Kalam' it is also a children's cinema where Lehar Khan, Krishang Trivedi and Harsh Mayar (who won the National Film Awards for the best child artist in 2011) are on lead as child artists and Parvin Dabas, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Rahul Singh, Suhasini Mulay and V.M. Badola are on supporting roles.