I ex­pected Amitabh Bachchan to win Na­tional Award: Sir­car

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Entertainment - Sa­marth Goyal

Film­maker Shoo­jit Sir­car (inset) is elated af­ter his film, Pink (2016), won the Na­tional Award in the Best Film on So­cial Is­sues cat­e­gory, on Fri­day.

“I would like to humbly thank my en­tire team for this huge honour. I would also like to thank the Na­tional Award jury for be­stow­ing one of the most re­spectable lau­rels on us,” he says.

Star­ring ac­tors Amitabh Bachchan (right), Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kul­hari, An­gad Bedi and Piyush Mishra, the film was lauded by crit­ics and the masses for break­ing so­cial stereo­types associated with women.

Sir­car is grate­ful to Bachchan for work­ing in the film.“With­out Mr Bachchan’s pres­ence, it wouldn’t have had that reach. I ex­pected him to win the Na­tional Award for best ac­tor as well, but it’s okay,” he says.

The Best Ac­tor award was won by ac­tor Akshay Kumar.

This is Sir­car’s fourth con­sec­u­tive Na­tional Award, af­ter Vicky Donor (2012), Madras Cafe (2013) and Piku (2015). “I think win­ning a Na­tional Award is the big­gest honour. This film could not have been ruled out from con­tention, and there are many fac­tors that de­cide a film win­ning an award like this. I feel im­mensely sat­is­fied and happy that Pink won this award,” he beams.

Sir­car says that the award has en­cour­aged him to make films on sim­i­lar sub­jects. “I feel more re­spon­si­ble now to per­se­vere ahead with the film and its cause,” he says.

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