A faculty member of the Punjabi Language Department at Lovely Professional University (LPU), Dr. Paramjeet Singh Kattu has been declared the winner of the National Silver Lotus (Rajat Kamal) Award. It is for his feature-length documentary-drama – “The Savior: Brigadier Pritam Singh”.
This film won the ‘Best Investigative Film’ award at the 68th National Film Awards, in the non-feature film category.
A 10-member jury headed by its chairman, renowned filmmaker Vipul Shah, reported to Minister of Information and Broadcasting Anurag Thakur on the winners, in different categories. Honorable Minister M. Thakur announced the awards and congratulated the winners for their outstanding works and achievements.
For this, LPU Professor Dr. Kattu will receive the national “Silver Lotus Award” along with a cash prize of Rs 50,000. Extremely happy, LPU Professor Dr. Kattu shares, “As a researcher and academician, I have a strong penchant for subject-based research.
By interest, I am also a filmmaker, with a decade of experience in cinema. This is my first feature film project (80 minutes). Brigadier Pritam Singh was a war hero, who was also awarded the Military Cross during World War II.
He fought a fierce chivalrous fight to defend Poonch (J&K) and its people, during the 1947-48 war against Pakistan. However, he was court-martialed by the military due to certain allegations.
Without much documented data on Brig Pritam Singh, filmmaker Dr. Kattu and his team dove into research and took over two years to compile, shoot and ultimately finalize the film.
He and his team presented the versions of people who fought with Brigadier Singh. Dr Kattu adds: “We interviewed military experts including Shiv Kunal Verma (Indian military historian and documentary filmmaker), lawyer Maj Navdeep Singh (retired) and many others, and covered the whole field of in-depth investigation.
Dr. Satwant Singh from the Punjabi Department (LPU) is also part of this film as an assistant director and author of additional dialogues. This movie has already won many top national and international film festivals like Los Angeles Film Awards 2021, 12th Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival 2022 and many more.
This film is made according to international standards and will soon be released on an OTT platform. It is worth mentioning that, established in 1954, the prestigious awards are administered annually by the Film Festivals Authority of the Government of India under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. .
This year’s awards announcement also honored 2020 films, due to delays related to COVID-19. Already declared, the awards have yet to be handed over to the winners by the President of India.
Next comes the inauguration of the National Film Festival, where the award-winning films are screened for the public. The awards aim to encourage the study and appreciation of film as an art form, as well as the dissemination of information and critical appreciation of this art form.