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“Manny,” written and produced by Indian actor Sonal Sehgal, won the Best Script award at the recently concluded 23rd U.K. Asian Film Festival. (Parull Gosain photo)

MUMBAI — The sci-fi thriller, “Manny,” written and produced by Indian actor Sonal Sehgal and directed by Latvian director Dace Puce, has had quite a successful run on the festival circuit.

Now, the film has also won the Best Script award at the recently concluded 23rd U.K. Asian Film Festival supported by British Film Institute, London. Sehgal has written the story, screenplay and dialogues for the feature film. This is the seventh international award for the film in the last six months.

While the team could not attend the festival held in London due to the pandemic, they were connected with the audience online after the screening for a Q & A round. The awards gala was held at the British Film Institute and live streamed online.

Said Sehgal: “I was in shock! I rewound the video thrice to make sure I heard it right. It’s my first international award as a feature film writer and at such a prestigious festival. The film is about the growing dependence of humans on AI. Science fiction is a genre I love to write.”

In 2018, Sehgal had also published a sci-fi novel titled, “The Day that Nothing Happened.”

Director Puce added, “I am thrilled. We have bagged international awards in all categories – Best Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Musical Score, Best Supporting Actor and now there is Best Script as well!”

Next up, the film will be screened at the Madrid International Film Festival and the Indian Film Festival of Stuttgart. Sehgal and Puce will be attending the events virtually. “While I am gutted being unable to attend these screenings of my film, as a first-time producer I’m grateful that I managed to finish the film and get it out in these trying times. The awards are a cherry on top,” said Sehgal.

“Manny” boasts of a global cast of Indian, British, Russian and Latvian actors. Sonal Sehgal, Jury Dyakonovs, Darta Danevica and Tony Hawkins play key roles in the thriller. The film co-produced by Marana Productions of Latvia and Kristele Pudane has music by Naresh Kamath, known for his long association with Kailash Kher.

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