Celina Jaitly’s Season’s Greetings wins big at Best Shorts Film Festival in the US: ‘Hope it will inspire our industry to also appreciate my talent’

Celina Jaitly is elated after her recent comeback film, Season’s Greetings, bagged the Award of Excellence at the 9th Best Shorts Film Festival in California. It is the only Indian film to bag the prestigious award.

Sharing her happiness on the win, Celina told Hindustan Times, “As an outsider I had to wait a very long time to get my true due as an actor, the right films and roles were a struggle to get into. I am elated that the journey has begun and the appreciation has finally come and that too as a ‘special mention for outstanding performance’ from a prestigious film festival and jury which sits on Emmys and Oscars. As an outsider I had to take my work overseas to be acknowledged. Hope it will inspire our industry to also appreciate my talent and hard work. I am very grateful to Ram Kamal Mukherjee, my director and friend for Season’s Greetings – A tribute to Rituparno Ghosh.”

Celina and co-star Lillette Dubey got a special mention from the jury for their performances as well. Incidentally, Season’s Greetings is the first and only Indian film to have bagged the award. “Ram Kamal’s film was unique in terms of narrative and presentation. It stood out as a unique visual treat for global audience,” says Rick Prickett, the chairman of the film festival.

“Ram Kamal’s Season’s Greetings was presented with Awards of Excellence for truly exceptional filmmaking. Our talented award winners have gone on to win Oscars, Emmys, Tellys and other awards,” added Rick.

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The jury at the festival comprises of industry professionals including Emmy, Telly and Communicator award nominees and recipients. Judges score entries on a performance scale and winning entries are recognised and awarded in three different categories like Awards of Excellence or Awards of Merit or Award of Recognition.

Season’s Greetings is a short Hindi feature which is set in the heartland of Kolkata and revolves around a mother and daughter’s relationship with each other.

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