November 21st 2017, Mumbai:
Vivek Agrawal & Alka Agrawal Sigtia Received CFBP Consumer Film Festival Best Script Award in a grand Awards Night. Godrej CFBP Consumer Film Festival’s Awards Night 2017 was held at the St. Regis Hotel, Parel, Mumbai. This is first CFBP Consumer Film Festival’s Awards in the history of CFBP.
After receiving the awards with the hands of Justice B.N. Srikrishna, writer duo said that this is a great opportunity to serve the nation and it’s consumers and their rights. Alka Agrawal Sigtia said that the winner script ‘Nirantara’ is all about voice of a woman, who is not allowed to speak by society. This is a dance drama, in which our protagonist Nirantara stood tall against all atrocities and pressure tactics including deep rooted corruption in the society. Vivek Agrawal said that in the modern society, it is necessary to go man and woman hand in hand and make world more peaceful, more loveable, more respectful for other rights.
The award night attended by various stalwarts from different walks of life, Consumer Film Festival is a first of its kind initiative by the CFBP President, Mrs Kalpana Munshi, in what is being considered to be a game changing platform for individuals to creatively express themselves through various mediums on the subject of Consumer Protection and Awareness.
Felicitated in the presence of dignitaries like Smt. Rajashree Birla (Chief Guest), Mr. Adi Godrej, Mr. Shekhar Bajaj, Guests of Honour: Justice B.N. Srikrishna & Mr. Kalyan Banerjee and CFBP President Smt. Kalpana Munshi, the winners of the festival felt absolutely elated. A total of 690 entries were received and judged by Jury members like legendary ad guru, Padma Shri Piyush Pandey, award winning Screenwriter, Ms. Honey Irani, Force 2 and Delhi Belly director, Abhinay Deo, noted theatre and film actor, Makarand Deshpande, veteran theatre actor and casting director, Ms. Dolly Thakore, Mr. Sunil Buch and noted cinematographer and film maker, Sanjay F Gupta. The initial short film entries were pre-screened by Sanjeev Sharma, lyricist for Indian Ocean and director of the film, Saat Uchakkey. Leading short film distributer & producer, Saameer Mody helped facilitate reaching out to many other short film makers.
The CFBP President, Smt. Kalpana Munshi was ecstatic to announce the next year dates for the Consumer Film Festival. “CFBP works for the consumer awareness and fair business practices, serving as a bridge between the consumers and the corporate world. It struck me that the best way to create an awareness about it would be through the consumers themselves, by having a festival, which allows the consumers to express themselves creatively through Writing, painting, acting, storytelling and more. We’ve had an excellent jury on board, who were very happy to be a part of this. I would also like to thank everyone else who made this happen. We have decided to take this further next year and no date is better than the 2nd of October, which coincides with the Gandhi Jayanti”, she said.
CA Vishnu Agarwal, Chairman of the WIRC, of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, audited the final scores. Abbas Ahmed Syed and Faraz Ali’s thrilling short film, “Ludo’s Dice”, which spoke about Women’s Safety in India was declared the Best Short Film. Mohammed Hatim Sadriwala’s “Address”, which hilariously depicted the hygiene scenario in India through a fantastic conversation, was awarded the 2nd prize.
Mr. Adi Godrej added that, “Council For Fair Business has played a remarkable role in encouraging Indian business to gain the Trust of all stakeholders. I appreciate the initiative taken by President Kalpana Munshi in the interest of young and senior consumers by organising this amazing consumer film festival involving the film fraternity, the media school, college students and NGOs who got the opportunity to display their skills in writing, acting and painting on consumer topics.”
Rajashree Birla Says:
“Consumer focus is becoming, even more important in today’s world of social media, digital technologies and global connect. Consumers gravitate towards organizations, that follow best business practices, provide good governance, and communicate transparently. Research after research indicates that investors too, are more than willing to pay a substantial premium for good governance. It is wonderful to see that the CFBP has been constantly championing these principles. For the primacy that the consumer is accorded today, much credit must go to the CFBP. Great work is being done by the CFBP, and with more power to their elbow, consumerism will reach higher peaks”.
– Rajashree Birla, Chairperson,
Aditya Birla Centre for Community Initiatives and Rural Development
About CFBP Consumer Film Festival
Celebrating its 51st year, The Council For Fair Business Practices (CFBP) organized a prestigious and unique event: Godrej CFBP Consumer Film Festival, an initiative by CFBP president Mrs. Kalpana Munshi in the interest of Consumers.
The Consumer Film Festival which comprised of Short Film Competition, Script Writing Contest, Short Story Writing Contest, Poster Competition, Street Play Competition and Slogan Writing Contest on Consumer Awareness, Consumer Rights and Fair Business Practices received entries in various categories from Professionals, Film makers, Companies, Corporates, Organizations, Students and Individuals, young upcoming stars and NGO’s .
The Festival chairman is Mr. Rajith Menon. This initiative was possible with support from the sponsors. The Title sponsor Godrej , Gold Sponsor Phillip Capital Mr. Vineet Bhatnagar , Silver Sponsor as well as Entertainment partner Bajaj Electricals, Other Silver Sponsors IDBI Bank, Bank of Baroda and JSW Steel .Gifts sponsored by Jayesh Khemka.
CFBP Council for Fair Business Practices was established in 1966 by stalwarts of business & industry like Mr. J. R. D. Tata, Mr. Ramkrishna Bajaj, Mr. Arvind Mafatlal, Mr. F.T. Khorakiwala, Mr. Naval Tata, Mr. S.P. Godrej, Mr. J.N. Guzder, Mr. Keshab Mahindra and others who recognized the imperative need of business & industry to regulate itself. CFBP has been doing many activities for Consumer protection and awareness.