ANI journalist bags Indywood ‘Youngest Achiever’ Award for film journalism

New Delhi [India], May 6 : Sonam Kochar, a film journalist at Asian News International , has won the Indywood Media Excellence Award for 'Youngest Achiever on the Digital Platform.' The 26-year-old, with five years of experience at ANI, has done many interviews with stars of the film fraternity and also covered the IIFA Awards last year.

She was honoured and appreciated for her commendable work by Indywood Excellence Awards and its jury. On her achievement, Sonam said, "ANI has been a great platform for me as it has given me an opportunity to polish my skills.

I owe this recognition solely to the news agency. I feel blessed." Indywood, a 10 billion U.S. dollar project that aims at elevating the Indian film industry to a global platform, recently honoured prominent journalists from print, visual, online and radio media by conferring prestigious Indywood Media Excellence Awards for their valuable contributions and constant efforts to uplift film and media industry.

The awards were distributed at an event held at the Kolkata Press Club on May 5, 2017. The prestigious Lifetime Achievement Awards were awarded to Shoma A. Chatterjee (freelance journalist, film scholar and author) and Indraneel Mukhopadhyay (senior journalist and poet).

Special recognition was awarded to Supratik Sen (PTI), Snehasis Sur (Doordarshan), Sougata Mukhopadhyay (CNN News18), Tapas Kumar Sarkar (Sambad Akhon), Kanishka Dasgupta (Flight Mode) and Ritwik Mukherjee (Financial Chronicle).

Prabirkumar Ray (senior film journalist), Nirmal Dhar (senior film critic) and Debasish Sengupta (Kolkata TV) got special appreciation from Indywood.

While delivering the inaugural address, Indywood Film Carnival Founder Director Shri Sohan Roy announced that 3 rd edition of Indywood Film Carnival 2017, one of the largest film-based events in the country, will be held at Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad, from December 1 - 4, 2017.

"The third edition of the film carnival will be a mammoth one in terms of participation of national and international delegates.

The event offers interactive sessions with the eminent filmmakers from across the world, networking opportunities and entertainment programs," he said.

Few of the recipients of Indywood Media Excellence Awards are: Youngest Achiever on Digital Platform: Sonam Kochar (Journalist, Asian News International) Honorary award for promotion of good cinema: Amitava Nag (Editor, Silhouette Film Magazine) Film Journalism: Debjani Laha Ghosh (News Time), Srovonti Bandopadhyay (Ananda Bazar Patrika) and Soumita Mukherjee (Kolkata TV) Honorary award for film promotion-Visual: Sharmila Maiti (Zee 24 Ghanta Channel) Best producer-Visual: Rakesh Naskar (R Plus) Best producer-Radio: Amartya Mukhopadhaya (Radio Mirchi) Best anchor-Visual: Ankur Bhattacharyya (Newstime Bangla) Best RJ: Karan Nagra, (Radio Mirchi).

Source: ANI