HYDERABAD: Dr. Sunita Krishnan, the producer of the Telugu film Naa Bangaaru Talli which is running successfully in theatres now, has been awarded the prestigious 2014 Nelson Mandela - Graça Machel Innovation Awards on 24th November, 2014 at Johannesberg, South Africa.
The awarding body World Alliance for Citizen Participation is a global civil society network spread across 145 countries, which works for civil society to protect and grow the civic space where people can express and organise themselves.
With this award, Dr. Sunita Krishnan has been the first Indian has become the first Indian to receive the Nelson Mandela - Graça Machel Innovation Award. “What an honour to get an award in the holy land where Gandhiji and Nelson Mandela started their fight for liberty,” posted Sunitha on social networking site Facebook from Johannesberg, after receiving the award. The much talked about film Naa Bangaaru Talli directed by her husband Rajesh Touchriver is based on the true story of a girl thus rescued from prostitution. So far, the film has won three national awards and five international awards which has been shot in original locations of Rajahmundry and Hyderabad.