Here is some heart-warming news for Indian cinema fans. At the recently concluded Dallas and New York International Film Festival, which showcased World, US and Texas premieres of feature films, shorts and documentaries as well as films that promotes the promotes the perspectives and voices of the South Asian community, a young Indian actor has won big honours.
Sunny Pawar, a child star who emerged from the slums of Mumbai, has won the ‘Best Child Actor’ award for Chippa. This honour comes exactly seven days after he won a similar award at the prestigious 19th New York Indian Film Festival 2019. Chippa is a story about the aspirations of a 10-year-old child who lives on the streets, told through a journey he takes into an enchanting world that he creates himself on one wintry night in Kolkata. The film is an endearing and universal homage to the spirit and the timeless stories of children growing up everywhere.
Sunny Pawar was earlier seen in the Oscar-nominated Lion, and he was also nominated for the Critics Choice Awards in the “Best Young Performer” Category, “Best Actor” by AACTA Awards, “Special Mention Grand Jury Prize” at Asia Pacific Screen Awards and a nomination for the “Young Artist Award”.
A still from the film
Chippa is a heart-warming story of a boy, who on the eve of his tenth birthday receives a letter from his long-absent father. He then decides to leave his pavement abode to find out more. The film spans the length of the single night which tracks the fantastical and eventful journey which Chippa takes to discover the connections to his father.
With a supporting cast of Chandan Roy Sanyal (who was seen in Hindi Medium with Irrfan Khan), Masood Akhtar, Sumeet Thakur & Mala Mukherjee in pivotal roles, the film will be going to many other international film festivals before its theatrical release.
Reports say Sunny was chosen the final winner for this category amongst the 2 other nominees who acted in different films showcased at the festival. His debut film Lion in which he played a child version of Dev Patel was nominated in six categories at the 89th Academy Awards in 2017 and won him International accolades and awards.