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Eeb Allay Ooo! That Narrates A Monkey Chaser’s Existential Crisis, Wins The Top Prize At 21st Jio Mami Mumbai Film Festival

As the 21st edition of JIO MAMI Mumbai Film Festival concluded on Thursday, filmmaker Prateek Vats’ Eeb Allay Ooo! bagged the prestigious Golden Gateway award. The film also won the Young Critics’ Choice Award.

Animation filmmaker Gitanjali Rao’s Bombay Rose won the Silver Gateway award in the Indian films’ competition section of the festival. Debut director and screenwriter Saurav Rai won the The Grand Jury Prize was bagged by screenwriter Saurav Rai for Nimtoh.

Actor Shardul Bhardwaj of Eeb Allay Ooo!
and Mohini Sharma of Just Like That won Special Jury Mentions.

India Gold, the Indian competition section of Mumbai Film festival is a collection of the best films from the country. This year, ten films competed in this category.

In Eeb Alley Ooo! a newly inducted ‘monkey-chaser’ in New Delhi’s capital region writhes in existential crisis. The film uses the medium of dark satire to show the class and caste conflicts in the city.

Bombay Rose Rao’s ode to Mumbai follows the life of a bunch of commoners in the city. Nimtoh, a Nepalese language film, is a delightful drama centred on Tashi, a 10-year-old boy who lives with his grandmother in a mountain hamlet.


In the international competition section, Tamara Kotevska and Ljubo Stefanov’s Macedonian documentary Honeyland, won the Golden Gateway award. The film is Macedonia’s official entry to the Academy awards this year. Buoyancy, directed by Rodd Rathjen, won the Silver Gateway award, and the grand jury prize went to Suhaib Gasmelbari’s Talking About Trees, a Sudanese documentary. Special Jury Mention was shared by Carlo Sironi’s Sole, and Amjad Abu Alala’s You Will Die At Twenty. 

Also read, You Will Die At 20 Actor Mahmoud Al-Sarraj On The Rise Of Sudanese Cinema