Actor Anupam Kher says “good cinema” is not only about entertainment, but it is also a medium for change. The actor feels it is important to encourage independent filmmakers. Anupam through his acting school Actor Prepares will sponsor top prizes at this year’s KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival. “Actor Prepares is happy to collaborate with KASHISH for the fifth consecutive year. Good cinema is art, it is entertainment, it is also a medium for social change,” Anupam said in a statement to IANS. Also Read - PM Modi Thanks Anupam Kher's Mother For Asking About His Health as Nation Goes Under Lockdown Due to Coronavirus

He has announced that cash prizes of Rs. 30,000 will go to the Best Narrative Feature Film, Rs. 20,000 to the Best Indian Short Film and Rs 20,000 to the Best Actor In a Leading Role award. The awards will be announced at the closing ceremony of ninth edition of the fest on May 27 at Liberty Carnival Cinemas here. Also Read - Entertainment News Today, March 08, 2020: Anupam Kher Celebrates His 65th Birthday With Robert De Niro, Pictures go Viral



“It is important that independent filmmakers who work with limited budgets and little resources with the sole focus to make good cinema be encouraged,” added the actor, who will soon be seen in an upcoming medical drama titled “New Amsterdam”. ALSO READ: Sonam Kapoor And Anand Ahuja Wedding: Anupam Kher Congratulates Bride-to-be In The Cutest Way Possible – Watch Video Also Read - PM Must Reassure Nation as India Facing 'Danger' From Trinity of Social Disharmony, Slowdown And COVID-19: Manmohan Singh

On the professional front, Anupam Kher will also be seen in a political drama ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’, which is based on the book by Sanjaya Baru. The shoot has begun in London. In the film, we will see Anupam Kher playing the role of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his look from the sets was out recently. Watch this space for further updates.