Actor Aamir Khan has been chosen for the best debut director award-2007, instituted by the city-based Gollapudi Srinivas Memorial Foundation, for his latest flick ‘Taare Zameen Par.’The award was announced at a press conference by Kamal Hassan. Renowned film director Singeetam Srinivasa Rao and Foundation managing trustee Gollapudi Maruthi Rao, commented the film was an emotional human statement by an exceptionally gifted film hero-turned- director. The highly-acclaimed film, which deals with the trauma of a dyslexic child, has been selected from 19 nominations from across the country in various languages including Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil, Marathi, Telugu and Kannada.
Taare Zameen Par is the first Hindi film to win the award since its inception 11 years ago. The winner gets a cash prize of Rs.1.5 lakh and a memento at the award ceremony, to be held on August 12. Gollapudi Srinivas Memorial Foundation was instituted in 1998 in memory of Gollapudi Srinivas who could not complete his ‘Book of Love.’ It was while directing his first film – Prema Pusthakam – that fate, in the form of a cruel wave from the sea, claimed his life in the year 1992 on August 12th at the very young age of 26.