After Berlinale Success, Aanand L Rai Breaks Ground In Regional Cinema With Aatmapamphlet & Jhimma 2 At An Award Show

Rai's production house, Colour Yellow Productions, marked its presence in the regional cinema landscape with Jhimma 2.

Filmmaker Aanand L Rai, known for his remarkable contributions to Hindi cinema, has now conquered the regional market with his production ventures. His first foray into regional cinema, ‘Aatmapamphlet’, received widespread acclaim at the 73rd Berlin International Film Festival and has continued its winning streak by sweeping major awards at Filmfare Marathi 2024 as well. The poignant coming-of-age film captivated audiences with its portrayal of a 10-year-old protagonist navigating love amidst socio-economic transformations in the country.

Following the success of ‘Aatmapamphlet’, Rai’s production house, Colour Yellow Productions, marked its presence in the regional cinema landscape with ‘Jhimma 2’. This heartwarming tale, depicting the journey of women from diverse backgrounds coming together to celebrate life, resonated strongly with audiences and went on to become a box office success.

At the recent award function, ‘Aatmapamphlet’ clinched multiple accolades, including Best Original Story, Best Dialogue, Best Director, Best Editing, and also shared the prestigious Best Film award. Congratulating the cast and crew on-stage with him, Producer Aanand L Rai said, “Thank you very much for making this film for us. It is such a beautiful film and I am really proud of it.” The film’s success not only showcased Rai’s prowess as a producer but also underscored his commitment to fostering diverse storytelling across languages.

Additionally, Rai’s Jhimma 2 earned an award with Nirmiti Sawant winning the Best Actor in Supporting Role (Female) for her performance in the Colour Yellow production. Present at the ceremony, Rai further extended his support to talent by presenting the Best Actor Critics Choice (Female) award to Rohini Hattangadi for her stellar performance.

Talking about sweeping off major awards at the award show, Rai said, “The fact that people could relate to ‘Aatmapamphlet’ and ‘Jhimma 2’ is a great industry validation that strives us to do even better. This recognition also serves as a motivation to storytellers.” he added. “A good story always crosses beyond languages and territories,” Rai concluded, referencing the Berlinale success.

“Both the stories are beautifully crafted and narrated, and I had full confidence that they’d reach each and every heart out there. Their wins and accolades only solidify my belief and push me to tell stories that resonate.” Aatmapamphlet has been directed by Ashish Bende and produced by Colour Yellow Productions, T-Series and Zee Studios while Jhimma 2 has been directed by Hemant Dhome and presented under the banner of Colour Yellow Productions and Jio Studios. The Colour Yellow productions went on to jointly earn praise-worthy total of six awards at the recently concluded award function.

With his remarkable journey from the Hindi film industry to conquering the regional market, Aanand L Rai continues to redefine boundaries and elevate the art of storytelling across linguistic landscapes. On the work front, Rai is looking forward to ‘Nakhrewaalii’, ‘Phir Aayi Hasseen Dillruba’ and his directorial venture with Dhanush.

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