Actor Yashpal Sharma to be awarded the Om Puri Memorial “Common Man In Cinema Award” at RIFF 2021

Jaipur: The 7th edition of the Rajasthan International Film Festival (RIFF) accredited by the Federation of Film Societies of India (FFSI) (North Region) will be organized by the RIFF Film Club in a Hybrid Format from 20 to 24th March 2021 in Jaipur and Jodhpur, Rajasthan – India. This year the theme for the RIFF 2021 is “Music in Cinema”. RIFF 2021 will also celebrate the Pre Foundation Day of Rajasthan.

Founders of the Rajasthan International Film Festival (RIFF) Somendra Harsh & Anshu Harsh told that Om Puri was a part of RIFF since the first edition. Om puri Ji also said during his speech in the 1st Edition that he is the custodian of the RIFF and will remain so after he leaves. Om puri Ji is still a RIFF Patron and will always be. So to keep his memory, RIFF announced at the time of RIFF’s 3rd edition in 2018 that in memory of Shree Om Puri the special “Common Man in Cinema” award will be given each year in the presence of Om Puri’s wife and son, Nandita Puri & Ishaan Puri ( Om Puri Foundation ) Mumbai. In 2018, the Common Man in Cinema Award was given to noted Actor and Director Anant Mahadevan. In 2019, the Common Man in Cinema Award was given to renowned actor Sushant Singh. In 2020 the Common Man in Cinema Award was given to Anup Soni. In the 2021 Edition of Rajasthan International Film Festival (RIFF), Om Puri Foundation and RIFF announced that this award will be given to well-known Indian Actor, Yashpal Sharma.

Yashpal Sharma is an Indian Bollywood actor and Theatre Artist. He is best known for his role as Randhir Singh in Sudhir Mishra’s 2003 Hindi movie “Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi” apart from “Lagaan” (2001), “Gangaajal” (2003), “Ab Tak Chhappan” (2004), “Apaharan” (2005), “Lakshyam” (2007), “Singh Is Kinng” (2008), “Aarakshan” (2011) and “Rowdy Rathore” (2012). He played Kuwar Singh in Zee’s “Mera Naam Karegi Roshan”. Yashpal is also a stage actor and appears in live plays. He formerly starred in Zee’s “Neeli Chhatri Waale”.

Yashpal Sharma’s various films like “Mooso – The Mouse”, “Karim Mohammed”, “Fagun Haway” has been screened in Rajasthan International Film Festival (RIFF). He has been present in various editions of the RIFF and always supports the festival. During his presence at the Rajasthan International Film Festival 2020, he stated that ” Such Film Festivals is a great opportunity especially for the students to learn and explore cinema and watch such films which are not released in cinema halls nor are available on social media.”

The 7th edition of the Rajasthan International Film Festival (RIFF) will be held from 20 to 24 March 2021 in a Hybrid Format i.e. Virtually and Physically in Jaipur and Jodhpur. The Opening Ceremony of the Rajasthan International Film Festival like the previous year will be held at the Open Theater of the Jawahar Kala Kendra in Jaipur on 20th March 2021. Thereafter Film screenings, Open Forums, Talk Shows and much more will be held for the next four days from 21 to 24 March 2021 in Jodhpur along with the Closing Ceremony, the grand RIFF Award Night 2021 which will be held in Jodhpur on 24 March 2021″.

Entries are invited for the Short, Documentary, Animation, Feature, Regional, Rajasthani, and Music Albums for the 7th Edition of the Rajasthan International Film Festival (RIFF) 2021. The films can be submitted at and also through FilmFreeWay. The next deadline to submit the films is 31st January 2021.

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