Chaitanya Tamhane’s Marathi film The Disciple has won the Best Screenplay award at the prestigious 77th Venice Film Festival — indeed a proud moment for Indian cinema. Talking about the honour, Chaitanya said in an official statement, “Writing The Disciple was by far the most challenging and painful endeavour I have ever undertaken. This honour means a lot to me and it will encourage me to keep pushing my own boundaries even further. I want to dedicate this award to all the musicians, researchers, authors, and historians who helped open the doors to the incredible world of Indian classical music for me.”
Vivek added, “To win a Best Screenplay award amongst such stalwarts is just an incredible feat. I am really grateful to the jury and very proud of Chaitanya. It’s the hardest and the loneliest job, but the final script was also what convinced me to back the film.”
Soon after The Disciple bagged the award, congratulatory messages poured in from across Bollywood, with the likes of Anurag Kashyap, Tillotama Shome, Richa Chadha, Alankrita Shrivastava, Ali Fazal, Renuka Shahane and Swara Bhasker taking to Twitter to hail the film’s victory. Check out their tweets below:
— Anurag Kashyap (@anuragkashyap72) September 12, 2020
The Disciple by Chaitanya Tamhane and produced by VIvek Gomber wins the Best Screenplay at @la_Biennale !! What a feat!! What a team!! Chaitanya, Gomber, Pooja, Micah, Naren, Tanaji, Rakesh ji and to the whole cast and crew a big salute!! #TheDisciple #VeniceFilmFestival pic.twitter.com/9Cd4oE8kWV
— Tillotama Shome (@TillotamaShome) September 12, 2020
“A moment of pride for India ! Thank you Chaitanya Tamhane, Gomber and all of you! Heart is happy !#TheDisciple,” Richa Chadha wrote.
— Alankrita Shrivastava (@alankrita601) September 13, 2020
Thank you for sharing this ..!! I am just sooooo so so happy todayyy!!! INDIA CELEBRATE !!!!! #TheDisciple @la_Biennale !! Its a big win for filmakers in india. Thank you #ChaitanyaTamhane for leading us yet again into the New Age. VivekGombar – you dear , are a force!! https://t.co/K4P6xotsnh
— Ali Fazal M / میر علی فضل / अली (@alifazal9) September 13, 2020
Congratulations Chaitanya Tamhane, Vivek Gomber & the entire crew of The Disciple. Proud moment for Indian Cinema ??????? https://t.co/JOZlIHSDkT
— Renuka Shahane (@renukash) September 13, 2020
— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) September 13, 2020
BollywoodLife congratulates the entire team of The Disciple for making Indian cinema proud.