Ahmedabad-based filmmaker and Adjunct faculty at MICA Dr. Darshan Ashwin Trivedi's debut Gujarati feature film Mrugtrushna (The Other Side of the River) has bagged 'The Golden Butterfly Award' and 'Diploma of Honor' for Best Screenplay at the 33rd International Film Festival for Children and Youth, Iran.
The film, Mrugrtrushna, shot in Chhota Udepur, Polo Forest, and Varsoda Haveli, is about a collective dream of four children crossing the river.
Speaking about the film, Dr. Trivedi said, "Illusion trilogy is a long concept, and Gujarat never had one. The film deals with illusory experiences, and the message is the power of a dream."
Dr. Trivedi worked on this film when he was a full-time Associate Professor in the Media and Entertainment Management Area at MICA. "MICA is a place that allows you to explore yourself beyond your teaching and research you do. I got immense support from MICA management to work on the film along with my teaching", he said.
Speaking about the award, he said, "Iran is the ultimate destination for children's content across the world. Iran has given filmmakers like Abbas Kiarostami, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, and Majid Majidi. I have grown up watching some of the most compelling cinema from these stalwarts in Iran. I feel honored to get this recognition by the country regarded as the hub of children's film."
Dr. Trivedi is already working on the second film of the trilogy titled 'Yayavar,' co- written by Raam Mori. Besides Trivedi, the writers who contributed to the film were dialogue writers Ankit Gor, Gaurang Aanand, and Script Doctors Arvind Sivakumaran and Vijay K Patel. The film is produced by Mrinal Kapadia and Dr. Devdatt Kapadia and co-produced by Burzin Unwalla, Nishith Mehta, and Dr. Darshan Trivedi.
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