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Last updated: 02 December, 2008 - Published 17:04 GMT
 
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Malini wins Silver Peacock award
 
Malini Fonseka in Akasa Kusum
Ms. Fonseka says it is her biggest achievement in film career
Sri Lanka film legend Malini Fonseka said she was delighted to be awarded the Silver Peacock at the 39 International Film Festival of India (IFFI).

"This is the biggest achievement in my forty years of film career," she told Chandana Keerthi Bandara of BBC Sandeshaya from Goa after the event.

The award was presented for her outstanding performance in Akasa Kusum.

In the salutation, the IFFI has paid tributes to Malini Fonseka's "accomplishment" in cinema.

 Ms. Malini Fonseka holds you from the first shot to the end of the film 'Akasa Kusum'. You know right away that she is a diva whether you know Sri Lankan cinema or not. As the film unfolds, it is magical to see her younger film clips as a major star
 
IFFI salutation

"Ms. Malini Fonseka holds you from the first shot to the end of the film 'Akasa Kusum'. You know right away that she is a diva whether you know Sri Lankan cinema or not. As the film unfolds, it is magical to see her younger film clips as a major star," it said.

It added that the award was a "tribute to her accomplishment and a celebration to cinema".

Akasa Kusum (Flowers of the Sky) is directed by Prasanna Vithanage.

Ms. Fonseka was also awarded Indian Rs. 15,00,000.

'Tulpan', directed by Sergey Dvortsevoy, a Kazakhstan film produced along with Germany, Switzerland, Russia and Poland, won the Golden Peacock Award as the best film and a cash prize of four million Indian rupees.

 
 
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