The Cardiff International Film Festival 2019 commenced on 24th October. It saw the rise of the beloved Indian Superstar Nawazuddin Siddiqui. The actor was awarded the Golden Dragon Award, one of the most significant accolades for his excellence in cinema.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui has been into Bollywood for as far as we remember commencing his cinematic journey with small roles like playing a pickpocket in Munna Bhai MBBS to being deployed as a supporting character in Kahaani. The Gangs of Wasseypur actor has tried his hand in every genre of films, acing every role with panache.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui movies include a few of the gemstones like Sarfarosh, his first film, released in 1999, where Nawazuddin played the role of a terrorist and informer.
Siddiqui’s first lead role was in Prashant Bhargava’s feature film Patang, which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, for which Nawazuddin’s performance has been praised by renowned film critic Roger Ebert a role that transformed his acting style.
He saw his first commercial success with the Gangs of Wasseypur and then went on to give significant hits like The Lunchbox, Kick, Badlapur, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Manjhi- the Mountain Man, Mom, Thackrey, Housefull 4 and many more.
The actor also gained a lot of popularity in his portrayal as Ganesh Gaitonde in the super hit Netflix series Sacred Games. Ritesh Batra’s Photograph and BBC UK’s McMafia has added additional jewels to his crown marking his international finesse.
The actor has made extraordinary efforts in the industry and reached great heights. For his unyielding efforts, the actor was awarded at the Cardiff International Film Festival. The actor was presented the award by counsel general of Wales, UK, Mick Antoniw, on Sunday at an event in Cardiff.
The actor took upon Twitter to thank Mick Antoniw and the Cardiff International Film Festival for bestowing upon him the Golden Dragon Award, on Monday. Nawazuddin Siddiqui was also an official jury member for the Cardiff International Film Festival 2019.
In Bollywood, Nawazuddin is presently expecting the release of his subsequent Motichoor Chaknachoor, a wedding comedy set to release in the theatres on 15th November. He will also be a part of a film titled Bole Chudiyan, which is being directed by his brother.
Aside from Nawazuddin Siddiqui, veteran Hollywood actor Judi Dench was also honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Cardiff International Film Festival is a global award that is held by the Welsh Assembly and Cardiff Council. In 2019, it has been hosted in the memorable Pierhead Building in the heart of Cardiff Bay, Wales. The festival has taken place from Thursday 24th October to Sunday 27th October, and there will also be ceremonies taking place at the Senedd, which is the seat of the Welsh Assembly Government and is near to the Pierhead.
The patrons of the festival are –
Emraan Hashmi (Bollywood Actor – Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai, The Dirty Picture)
Jaqueline Fernandez (Bollywood Actress – Drive, Race 3, A Gentleman)
Marc Zicree (Writer/Producer – Star Trek- TNG, Babylon 5, Space Command)
Matthew Rhys (Hollywood Actor – The Post, The Americans)
Michael Sheen (Welsh Actor – Frost/Nixon, Underworld, The Queen)
The festival panel and advocates include Anurag Kashyap, John Altman, Bethan Jenkins (Welsh AM), Professor Florence Aiyisi, Joe Ferrera, Jonny Owen, Keith Williams, Kimberley Nixon, Kai Owen Maria Pride, Kay Aujla, and Matthew Rhys.
Other Cardiff International Film Festival winners for 2019 include –
The Attack of Plastic Pollution – Dora Martinkova
Milkshake Girls – Viva Bianca
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH WALES – SHORT FILM
A table for – Kerby Ng Eu Jun
Athena – Christian Stahl
Wither – Ethan Evans
SHORT FILM – FOREIGN LANGUAGE
Iqbal – Aneel Ahmadi
SHORT FILM – ENGLISH LANGUAGE
Time & Again – Rachael Dax
Down the Caravan – Sara Sugarman
FEATURE FILM – FOREIGN LANGUAGE
Humans of Someone – Sumesh Lal
FEATURE FILM – ENGLISH LANGUAGE
Convergence – Steve Johnson
Into the Night – Kate Li
Living My Illusion – Joel Van der Molen
CRITICS CHOICE SHORT
Showdown – Lewis Carter
In 2018, Dame Sian Philips got the Lifetime achievement award, and Marc Zicree was bestowed with the Golden Dragon Award for individual excellence from Sir Dafydd Elis Thomas, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport, and Tourism.
This year, along with the Golden Dragon Award for individual excellence, the announcement for the Golden film Award for the best outstanding film has won a cash prize of £500. There will also be an introduction of two new categories for the best Sci-Fi Feature and the Best Horror Feature.
The Cardiff International Film Festival 2019 was nothing short of a dramatic affair, including movies and celebrities gracing the event from all across the globe, adding to its success.
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