Kathmandu, December 24, 2016: Pashupati Prasad has bagged the best film award at the 9th NEFTA Film Awards held in Dubai, UAE on Friday.
Actor Dayahang Rai grabbed best actor award on the annual film awards ceremony, whereas Namrata Shrestha grabbed best actress honor.
Similarly, Paul Shah (Nai Navannu la 4) and Samragyee Rajya Laxmi Shah (Dreams) were felicitated with the best debut actor and actress award respectively.
Ram Babu Gurung took away the best story award for his movie Kabaddi Kabaddi.
Dipashree Niraula, the producer of Chakka Panja was awarded with the encouragement award.
Meanwhile, Sitaram Kattel (Dhurmus) and Kunjana Gimire (Suntali) were honored with special mention award.
The celebration also saw cultural performances by superstar Rajesh Hamal, Karishma Manandhar, Malina Joshi, and Nazir Hussein, among others.
The event was hosted in Dubai for the development of Nepali cinema in international market, said NEFTA Chairman Puskar Lama.
List of NEFTA 2016 winners
Best story: Ram Babu Gurung (Kabaddi Kabaddi)
Best dialogue: Khagendra Laichhane (Pashupati Prasad)
Best screenplay: Subarna Thapa (Fanko)
Best actor in comic role: Wilson Bikram Rai (Adhakatti)
Best co-actor: Prakash Ghimire (Pashupati Prasad)
Best co-actress: Nishma Ghimire (Janmabhumi)
Best Singer: Sugam Pokhrel (Prem Geet)/Anju Panta (Prem Geet)
Best music composer: Arjun Pokhrel (Prem Geet)
Best choreographer: Renesha Bantawa Rai (Prem Geet)
Best editor: Bipin Malla (Fanko)
Best cinematographer: Purshottom Pradhan (Nai Navannu la 4)
Best actor in negative role: Bipin Karki (Pashupati Prasad)
Best debut actor/actress: Paul Shah (Nai Navannu la 4)/ Samragyee R. Laxmi Shah (Dreams)
Popular actor/actress: Anmol Kc (Dreams)/ Pooja Sharma (Prem Geet)
Popular film: Dreams
Best actor/actress: Dayahang Rai (Kabaddi Kabaddi)/ Namrata Shrestha (Classic)
Best film: Pashupati Prasad
Best director: Ujjal Ghimire (Woda no. 6)
Life time achievement awards: Kul Bahadur Mahat (Jetha dai), Ananda Bahadur Nagar (Nandu)
Special mention award: Sitaram Kattel, Kunjana Gimire
Encouragement award: Dipashree Niraula (Chakka Panja)
Nefta golden jubilee mention award: Bhuwan Chand Thapa, Chaita Devi, Basundhara Bhusal