Rajasthani film industry has been struggling for its survival for more than 20 years. Every year this industry sees only one or two film release. And they too could barely be screened for hardly a week. Though to boost the motivation of filmmakers, a few Rajasthani film award function are being organized every year, yet the industry is dying.
This year, the industry saw a new light of hope with Rajasthani film, Turtle bags 66th national award. The news brought the smile back on the Rajasthani film lovers and supporters. Turtle is based on a local Rajasthani story that addresses one of the biggest global issues- Water Crisis and the need for its preservation. The film is directed by Dinesh S Yadav, and produced by Ashok Chaudhary. The film features critically-acclaimed actor, Sanjay Mishra in the lead role. The lyrics are written by Bollywood lyricist, Kunaal Vermaa, who is also from Rajasthan.
In an interview last year, Sanjay Mishra shared his excitement about the film. “I have chosen this film because I found the story very realistic. These kind of films are very important to reflect our future, so that we can create awareness on water crisis,” said the actor.
CM Ashok Gehlot expressed his happiness and tweeted, “Happy to know a Rajasthani feature film,
#Turtle has won #NationalFilmAward. Congratulations to the director, Dinesh Yadav. May more and more #Rajasthani films get recognition at national level..(sic).”
Not just that the film, Machli- World’s Most Famous Tiger, which is based on Ranthambore’s tigress Machali won Best Environment film award.