Gangtok: Bollywood actress Geetanjali Thapa got a special jury mention at the 18th Tribeca Film Festival being held in New York, US for her role in Sonejuhi Sinha’s Stray Dolls.
The film competed in the US narrative section of the festival and had its world premiere in New York.
Amidst global bigwigs of cinema, Thapa was praised for her “always surprising and deeply engaging work” by a jury consisting of Lucy Alibar, Jonathan Ames, Cory Hardrict, Dana Harris and Jenny Lumet.
Stray Dolls features the story of Riz, a South Asian immigrant who takes up a job in a motel in order to start over in America. The motel’s other employees and guests pull her back into a life she preferred to leave behind.
Born and raised in Sikkim, Thapa did her schooling from Tashi Namgyal Academy in Gangtok and thereafter moved to Kolkata to pursue her graduation. She won the Mega Miss North East 2007 beauty pageant held in Guwahati, Assam before entering the film industry.
Her debut short film was the English language project, Myth (2006), directed by Prashant Rasaily, when she was still in school.
She won the National Film Award for Best Actress (2013) for her performance in Liar’s Dice. The film was screened at Sundance Film Festival and International Film Festival Rotterdam in January 2014. It was was also India’s official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards, winning several other awards at prestigious international film festivals that year.