Kolkata: In a merger of masala and arthouse genre, reflecting the emerging trend of Bengali cinema, the 75th premier BFJA award feted both Anik Dutta and Dev for 'Bhooter Bhabishyat' and 'Khokababu' respectively.
'Proloy' maker Raj Chakraborty, basing his flick on the brutalization of women in a hamlet years back, was given the crown as Best Promising Director but for a masala road movie made last year 'Bojhena Se Bojhena'.
'Anthony Firingi' Prosenjit Chatterjee, portraying the character of an abroad settled well-off Bengali in 'Aparajita Tumi', was given special award for the 'Most Outstanding Work of the year in Aparajita Tumi' while 'Aashique 2' music director Jeet Ganguly was conferred best music director crown for the chartbusters in 'Paglu 2'.
'Autograph', 'Baise Srabon', 'Hemlock Society' and the current Misar Rahasya maker Srijit Mukherjee was named as the one having accomplished the most remarkable work in last few years while 'Shabdo' maker Kaushik Ganguly's 'Laptop' was marked as the most popular and clean entertainer.
Proving the support of the premier and oldest film scribe, critics' body to the multiple strands of Tollywood, masala Bengali film hero Chiranjeet was named the evergreen actor/director while middle of the road cinema's indispensable actor Kahaani-boy Parambrata Chattopadhyay was bestowed the special jury prize for 'Hemlock Society'.
Late director Rtuparno Ghosh came in for special mention for his bold and visually enriching 'Chitrangada' which was named the second best Bengali film followed by 'Antoheen' maker Aniruddha Roy Choudhury's 'Aparajita Tumi'.
Venerable film critic of 'Ei Samay' Aniruddha Dhar, a known name in the film fraternity in the country, was given the best film critic honour.
"In our 75th year we are proud to confer lifetime achievement crowns to Aparna Sen and Tarun Majumder," Chandi Mukhopadhyay said on behalf of the association.