National awards help viewership marginally

GOANEWS & PTI, PANAJI | 28 May 2014 19:33 IST

Konkani director Laxmikant Shetgaonkar, whose film ‘Baga Beach’ won this year’s National Award, feels that the honour does not help much in attracting viewers to the movie.

Shetgaonkar-directed ‘Baga Beach’ won the Best Konkani Film award at 61st National Film Awards.

“Personally to me, the national award does not make any difference. But to a certain extent it does help in promoting the movie as people look forward to watching it. It helps in a thin way. Only marginal number of people gets attracted,” the director said today.

Shetgaonkar, however, admitted that the award has helped him get recognition within the film fraternity in the country

The film, titled after one of the most famous beaches in North Goa, tries to portray the dark belly of the life surrounding the tourist hot spots in the state.


“The title of the film is a metaphor to speak about complexity of characters and complex life of people leaving in the coastal belt,” Shetgaonkar said.

Baga Beach is getting released in five theatres in Goa simulteneously, perhaps for the first time in the history of Konkani movie.

The film would be premiered at Inox in Panaji, while it would also be released by theatres owned by Zantyes in Panaji, Bicholim, Margao and Vasco. 

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