Manoj Bajpayee Wins Best Actor For Gali Guleiyan At The Indian Film Festival Of Melbourne

Author : Kanika Shrivastava

A special Jury Mention was also given for this Hindi psychological drama directed by debutant Dipesh Jain. It was a special night for the team of Gali Guleiyan (In the Shadows) at the prestigious Indian Film Festival of Melbourne last night. The Hindi psychological drama continued its winning streak at the esteemed film festival of the Southern Hemisphere.
Two times National Award winning actor, Manoj Bajpayee‘s Hindi psychological drama, Gali Guleiyan (In the Shadows) continued its winning ways at the prestigious Indian Film Festival of Melbourne, last night.

The film, which stars Two times National Award winning actor, Manoj Bajpayee, won accolades in two out the four categories that it was nominated in. Gali Guleiyan was nominated for Best actor : Manoj Bajpayee, Best Director: Dipesh Jain, Best Supporting Actor: Ranvir Shorey, Best Indie Film.

Manoj Bajpayee won the Best Actor award. His heart wrenching portrayal of a man trapped within the walls and alleys of Old Delhi and his own mind, who attempts to break free to find a human connection sure did touch many hearts. Gali Guleiyan also earned a Special Jury Mention in the Best Indie Film category.

A visibly happy Manoj said,

“It is a fantastic feeling to win the award for the best actor at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne. It is even more satisfying when you know that so many other films across genres and so many actors who have all done such a great job, were in competition. My character in Gali Guleiyan is a very complex one with many layers and the film itself is a difficult one to make. Hats off to our director Dipesh, who despite being a newcomer, came up with such a great idea, made this challenging film and has taken it to festivals across the world. The adulation that the film has received has been overwhelming and we are very excited to now take it to our audience as the film sets up for its release in theatres worldwide on 7th September.”

Adds debutant director, Dipesh Jain:

“I can’t be more happy that we’ve won two awards tonight. Look at the fellow nominations – they are best of the best in the industry. I’m super proud of this achievement. This award that celebrates both mainstream and indie films, shows that our film has a broader appeal with both jury and the audience. That’s great as we head for a theatrical release of the film in a few weeks. I’ll encourage everyone to come watch our film in theatres on Sept 7th as it surely will give them an immersive psychological experience like never before. ”

In case you are wondering why they love it so much, take a look at the teaser here:


Not just the stellar cast, the film also boasts of some of the best technicians. Many Oscar, Emmy, and Grammy-winning/nominated artists have worked on the film that was completed at top Hollywood facilities like Fox studios, Light Iron and Skywalker Sound. The post-production took place in Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco.

Gali Guleiyan has been screened at more than 19 top International Film Festivals and won audience accolades and awards along the way. These include the Busan International Film Festival, MAMI, 42nd Cleveland International Film Festival, the Indian Film Festival of Los Angles, Atlanta Film Festival and the New York Indian Film Festival.
The film also traveled to three prestigious International Film Festivals in June 2018 – London Indian Film Festival (UK Premiere), the Indian Film Festival of Stuttgart and the Munich International Film Festival – where it had its European Premiere

Manoj Bajpayee’s stellar performance won him the Best Actor Award at the New York Indian Film Festival in May 2018.
Set to release in theatres worldwide on 7th September, Gali Guleiyan, is a Hindi psychological drama about a man trapped within the walls and alleys of Old Delhi and his own mind, who attempts to break free to find a human connection. The main protagonist is played by the extremely talented Manoj Bajpayee ably supported by an ensemble cast of actors par excellence – Ranvir Shorey, Neeraj Kabi and Shahana Goswami along with debutant child actor Om Singh. Shot entirely on locations, the film is directed by Los Angeles-based debutant filmmaker and winner of Director Guild of America Award, Dipesh Jain.

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