“Khacha” won in three major categories- Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor- at the 20th
Meril Prothom Alo Awards. The finest in film, TV and music were awarded in 16 different categories at the Bangabadhu International Conference Centre on March 30.
Based on Hasan Azizul Haque’s novel “Ekoi Namer Golpo,” “Khacha” follows Sharajini (Jaya Ahsan) and her family after the partition of 1947. The story begins in 1948, in Jessore. Ombujakkho Chokroborty (Azad Abul Kalam), a high caste Hindu Brahmin desperately searches for a suitable barter to exchange his home in Muslim-majority East Bengal and move to Hindu-majority West Bengal. Many prospects for house exchanges arise and fall through. Years go by and his wife Sharajini becomes fidgety. Their children skip school in the hopes of starting anew after they move to India. But 16 years after independence from the British, Ombujakkho finally gives up.
In a Facebook post, “Khacha” director Akram Khan wrote that Jaya Ahsan could not make it to the award show, as she is shooting abroad.
“We’re missing our team member Jaya Ahsan. I thank and congratulate all team members of ‘Khacha.’ Lots of love for our well-wishers,” read the post.
The winners at the critics’ choice categories were Runa Khan (Best Actress- Chhitkini), Rawnak Hassan (Best TV Actor – Dondo Shomash), Shobita Sen (Best TV Actress – March Masher Shooting), Ashfaque Nipun (Best Screenplay- Dondo Shomash) and Tanvir Ahsan (Best TV Director- Buker Bhetor Kichhu Pathor Thaka Bhalo).
In the popular choice categories, Arifin Shuvo won Best Film Actor for Dhaka Attack, Tisha won Best Film Actress for Dub, Taskin Rahman won Best Newcomer for Dhaka Attack, Apurbo won Best TV Actor for Boro Chhele and Mehjabien won Best TV Actress for Boro Chhele as well. James and Momtaz won best male and female singer respectively. Filmstar Bobita received the Lifetime Achievement Award.