Who: Geetu Mohandas
Where: Park City, Utah
What: Won Global Filmmaking award 2016
When: 30 January 2016
Indian writer Geetu Mohandas won Sundance Institute Global Filmmaking Award 2016 on 30 January 2016 for her script of yet-to-be shot film Insha Allah. The award was presented at 2016 Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony held in Park City, Utah.
Geetu won the award for her wonderful narration about an 11 year old boy, Mullakoya who sets off on a treacherous journey from the Lakshadweep Islands in the Arabian Sea to Indian mainland in search of his missing older brother and tired of living in the shadow of the colorful, magical-realist folklore.
About Geetu Mohandas
• She was born on 14 February 1981 as Gayathri Mohandas at Kannur in Kerala.
• The name Geetu was adopted as her screen name when she starred in her first movie Onnu Muthal Poojyam Vare in 1986 with Mohanlal in the lead role.
• She is an Indian film actress and director known for her works in Malayalam cinema and Bollywood.
• In 2013, she directed the socio political film Liar’s Dice which had received two National Film Awards and was nominated for Oscar in 2015.
• It was also premiered at Sundance Film Festival and International Film Festival Rotterdam and won a special jury award at Sofia International Film Festival.
• She had won Kerala State Film Award for Best Child Artist in 1986 and Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress in 2004.
• Along with many other awards she also won Filmfare Award for Best Actress for Malayalam in 2004.
Sundance Institute Global Filmmaking Award 2016
These awards are given in recognition and support of emerging independent filmmakers from around the world by the Sundance Institute.