Amit Rai, the director and writer of the movie Road To
Sangam has been honored with the 'Gollapudi Srinivas Memorial
Award" for 2009. He received the award for his excellence in
directing Road To Sangam, which stars veteran actors
Paresh Rawal, Om Puri and Pawan Malhotra.
According to a release from the Gollapudi Memorial Foundation,
“There were 15 other nominated films from all over the country in
languages like Hindi, English, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi and
Malayalam. Beating all these, Amit Rai bagged the award in the
The esteemed award consists of a memento and a whopping cash
prize of Rs 1.50 lakh. Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor will present the
award to Amit Rai on 12th August at a function in Chennai. On
Tuesday, the jurists said that Amit Rai won the award because of
his attention to detail, combination of original plot and the
viewing pleasure of the film Road To Sangam.
The release added that the function will be attended crème de la
crème including Bollywood actress Vidya Balan, Sarod maestro Amjad
Ali Khan and renowned director Madhur Bhandarkar. Veteran artist
Girish Karnad will also be present at the event and would deliver a
memorial lecture on 'Mythology on Celluloid".
Chairman of the jury, veteran director Singeetam Srinivasa Rao,
said, “The movie tells a superb tale of a Muslim Mechanic, who was
entrusted with the job of repairing a Ford Vehicle. This vehicle
was once used to carry the ashes of the 'father of nation" Mahatma
Gandhi. He repairs the vehicle even when a strike is called by the
members of his community. Till date, no one has tried his hand in
such kind of off-beat topic. The movie is highly relevant to the
contemporary age as it makes the audience realize the values of
Gandhiji and sends a strong message to them about the importance of
the values in today"s life."
Actor and writer Gollapudi Maruthi Rao instituted this award
along with his family. This was created to commemorate his son
Srinivas, who was killed in an accident while shooting for his
debut movie in 1992.