hankar Nag Awards were presented to short-film makers in two categories at a function organized to celebrate the 62nd birth anniversary of the late actor-director in Bengaluru. Lifetime achievement award was given away to Rajanand’s wife Vimalamma.

Short film titled ‘23’ won the first place in the macro section which is of 20 minutes duration. Another short film ‘Present Sir’ won the second place in the same category. The best cinematography award was bagged by the short film Akki Mane and the best direction was bagged by ‘One Day’. In the micro section of short films which is of duration 5 minutes to 10 minutes, ‘Section 392’ and ‘Chiraayu’ won the first two prizes. Short film ‘Vichaarane’ won the best cinematography award and ‘Mirage’ won the best direction award.

Earlier in the morning, Ramesh Bhat inaugurated the life-size cake of Shankar Nag.

In the evening, cinematographer J G Krishna said he had shot the death scene of Shankar Nag a day prior to the actor’s actual death for the film Sundara Kanda. Krishna’s eyes welled up with tears as he said that he got a call the next morning informing him of Shankar Nag’s real death. The cinematographer described Shankar Nag as an active, quick and intelligent person who was second to none. He said if actors are sincere to the screen, make-up and prompt towards their work the cinema industry will embrace them as he said he was a living example for still being active in the industry.

Anil Kumar, president of Shankar Nag Memorial Trust said he had no experience in cinema but wanted Kannada cinema to go to great heights. He said he along with his friends had gone to Sa Ra Govindu and narrated a story which was readily registered as a title. He said Sa Ra Govindu gave them the confidence that they could also turn good story-writers. He said thus was born Shankar Nag Memorial Trust.

Veteran actor Rajesh said the cake statue did look very much like Shankar Nag but without a life. He said he had worked with Shankar in three movies out of which he played a stylish villain in Jayabheri. Rajesh said Shankar Nag was active and had even conceptualized Metro rail for Bengaluru 30 years ago. He said he will urge the chief minister Siddaramaiah to name the Majestic metro station after Shankar Nag. He appealed to youths and new film-makers to make entertaining and message-oriented films.
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