‘I WAS IN SHOCK,’ SAYS SONAM ON HER SPECIAL MENTION
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Actor Sonam Kapoor has won the Special Mention at the 64th National Awards for her role in the film Neerja, which won the National Award for Best Hindi Film. The actor woke up to the news while shooting in Maheshwar, Indore.
“I was in shock,” Sonam tells us. “I’m shooting in Maheshwar and we have been on the sets since 6am. I was taking a nap, and when I woke up, there were 40 calls and 100 messages in my phone. I couldn’t understand why so many people were contacting me. I called my mother and asked and she said, ‘Beta, you have won the national award.’”
A Special Mention is special recognition from the National Awards jury. Neerja, directed by Ram Madhvani, was a biopic on airhostess Neerja Bhanot, who sacrificed herself on a flight hijacked by terrorists.
Sonam accepts that getting the award is validation of her hard work. “I didn’t expect it. It’s great validation, and award season was hard for me, but this is