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When Ritu Raj Konwar, the Guwahati-based special news photographer of The Hindu clicked a photo during the Assam floods in the district of Morigaon during last August, he never would have thought it would become the inspiration to an award-winning film. Ottal, which won this year’s Kerala State Film Award for best film, was inspired by Konwar’s photo which caught the imagination of Malayalam film director Jayaraj. Earlier, Ottal had also won two national awards - best environment film and best adapted screenplay. The film talks about a boy’s relationship with his grandfather. “The photo made a deep impression on me, and it haunted me; I wanted to use that very scene in my film”, Jayaraj said. He said he was able to connect the beautiful photograph with ‘Va...

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