Filmmaker Rima Das’ Assamese feature “Bulbul Can Sing” bagged the prestigious Golden Gateway Award at the 20th edition of Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Star on Thursday.
The film marks her second consecutive win at MAMI, after her last year’s victory run with “Village Rockstars”, which is India’s entry to Oscars.
“Bulbul Can Sing” is a coming-of-age drama about a teenage girl, Bulbul, living in a village in Assam, fighting her way through love and loss as she figures out who she really is. Dedicating the award to her mother, Das sought “blessings and love” for the Oscar journey of “Village Rockstars”.
“I’d like to thank the Universe and God for giving me so much strength,” elated Das said while addressing at the podium.
Village Rockstars was her first win last year at the 19th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival and the film went on to bag two National Awards this year, and it has been selected as India’s entry in the best foreign language film category at the 2019 Academy Awards.