The Marathi film ‘Highway’ directed by Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni and Produced under the banner of Arbhaat Films has won the “Best Director” and the “Best Film” award at the 16th New York Film Festival.
The festival organised by the Indo-American Arts Council was held in New York from 7th to 14th May 2016. It is one of the Oldest and most Prestigious Indian film festival in the U.S. There were a selective 40 films in the fray and ‘Highway’ stood out amongst all and won both the awards. The panel consisted of a 13 member jury who has worked in Indian & American film industry.
The best director award was presented by Saeed Mirza & Syed Akbaruddin and the best film was presented by Sulman Rushdie. This has added one more feather in Arbhaat film’s cap which always produces films representing social concerns with cinematic excellence.For Umesh Kulkarni,this is his 4th film,after Valu Vihir and Deool which has gained International recognition.