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Preity Zinta declared best actress at Chicago film fest
Arthur J Pais | October 27, 2008 17:10 IST
Last Updated: October 27, 2008 17:23 IST
Preity Zinta, whose performance in Deepa Mehta's Heaven on Earth, received warm reviews at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, has won the Silver Hugo Award for best actress at the 44th edition of Chicago International Film Festival.
The jury praised her 'for her strong yet subtle performance as a woman struggling to keep her dreams despite brutal realities.'
The film, which will inaugurate the Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council Film Festival in New York on November 5, is the first film in which Mehta has explored the struggle of an immigrant bride in Canada [Images] and the choice she has to make to empower herself away from the abusive relationship in her new home. Married to an Indian resident in
Like Heaven on Earth, Hunger was also screened at the
Zinta had said at
Heaven on Earth has Mumbai's Ravi Chopra as one of its producers.
The Chicago International Film Festival runs October 16-29; it gives People's Choice Award on its last day.
Zinta will attend the MIAAC Film Festival along with Mehta. The festival is the biggest and most prestigious of Indian film events in
The festival ends on November 9 with Taraporevala's Little Zizou; the directorial debut of Salaam Bombay! screenwriter Taraporevala will be presented by Nair who has worked with her in The Namesake [Images] and Salaam.
The MIAAC Film Festival will also host Danny Boyle's Toronto favorite Slumdog Millionaire and screen as a tribute to Chetan Anand his 1946 Cannes [Images] Gran Prix winner Neech Nagar (Lowly City), the first film scored by the sitar maestro Ravi Shankar.
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