“The Man Beyond the Bridge” (Paltadacho Munis in Konkani; the adaptation seems wrong, the right words would be ‘The man on the other side of the river’, I can say this as Konkani is my mother tongue), the Konkani film has won the Discovery award by film critics at at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Goan filmmaker Laxmikant Shetgaonkar made this film with the help of National Film Development Corporation (NFDC).
“I could have made this film in Marathi and Hindi,” he told Rediff. “But I am deeply attached to my mother tongue, and my documentary films are also in Konkani.”
“It’s a simple film, though it has many layers, about one man’s struggle to accept and love a mentally ill woman,” he added. “At the end of the day, you may say it is a love story but without songs.” It was among the half a dozen Indian films shown at the festival.
Following the news, Goa government announced Rs 25 lakh cash award to Laxmikant Shetgaonkar. Finally there is something to cheer about for Konkani cinema.