Actress Revathi was one of the award-winners when the 59th national awards for films were announced in New Delhi early this week. Revathi, who has now become a director, won the award when her short film The Red Building Where The Sun Sets was chosen as the ‘best short film’ under the non-mainstream film category. The film’s duration is 17 minutes.
Revathi says national award was a ‘pleasant surprise’
The talented actress won the national award for ‘best supporting actress’ for her portrayal of a village belle in Kamal Haasan’s Thevar Magan in the early-nineties. Exactly a decade later, she won the award as director when her directorial venture Mitr, My Friend was chosen as the ‘best feature film’ when the national awards were announced in 2002.
As such, this is the third time that Revathi is winning the national award. The short-film, made with the purpose of educating parents about the ways of bringing up their children, was made for the Bangalore-based Edu Media.
Reacting to the award, Revathi said that “We shot the film mainly with the intention of creating awareness among parents about the ways and means of bringing up their children. In fact, I wasn’t even aware that the film had been sent for selection to the national awards committee.
“Winning awards was the last thing on my mind when we made the film. As such, I and the crew are completely surprised and delighted about the award,” says Revathi.