September 15, 2010 08:03:58 PM IST Bollywood Trade News Network
It's a proud moment for Vinod Chopra Films, Reliance Big Pictures and UTV & Rakyesh Om Prakash Mehra. As their respective films have made it to the highest honour of the country, the National award.
While Vidhu Vinod Chopra's 3 IDIOTS has been chosen as the 'most popular film'. This is the third time that Raj Kumar Hirani the director and Vinod Chopra producer has won a national award for their third consequent film. Their MUNNABHAI series have also won a National award.
Vinod Chopra says, 'It's an overwhelming feeling; have just returned from US, where I was working for the pre-production of my next and I landed here two days back and I get welcomed with such an overwhelming news. It's really a proud moment for our production house'.
Raj Kumar Hirani says, 'It's extremely humbling when the audience has loved and cherished this film so much and now we are also getting recognized by getting a national award.
On the other hand, Reliance Big Pictures has won as many as 14 national awards - highest ever for a production house in a year. Their production - KUTTY SRANK of Shaji Karun is the best Feature film of 2009 beating a field of 140 entries, WELL DONE ABBA directed by Shyam Benegal is the best film on social issues, Rituparno Ghosh has won Best Director award for his film ABOHOMAAN (Bengali film), Amitabh Bachchan as Best Actor for PAA, Debutant actress of ABOHOMAAN - Ananya Chatterjee as the best actress of 2009, Anjoli Shukla as the best cameraman for KUTTY SRANK, Best screenplay for KUTTY SRANK, Arundhati Nag best supporting actress (PAA) Sanjeev Lambha of Reliance Big Pictures, 'We are extremely delighted that 4 films produced and one film released have won an unprecedented 14 national awards this year. And I would like to congratulate the extraordinary talent that has worked with us to make this singular honour possible.
UTV and Rakyesh Om Prakash Mehra's DELHI 6 has got Best integration film and Best art direction.
Rakyesh Omprakash Mehra says, 'I am very happy that DELHI 6 has got recognition at the National awards. The reason we had made this film was that the land suffers from integration; lack of understanding between religions and we have got recognized for the same is a very overwhelming feeling.'