Gurvinder Singh, who has won the National Award for best direction for his directorial debut Anhey Ghorey Da Daan, says he was not expecting the honour.
"I got a call from a friend who informed me about the award. My family and I were expecting best Punjabi film award, but this is great," Singh told IANS after the 59th National Film Awards were announced here.
Singh's Punjabi movie Anhey Ghorey Da Daan is based on Gurdial Singh's novel of the same name. It is set in a Punjab village.
"This is an encouragement for Punjabi filmmakers. I am thrilled with the kind of response my movie has received at both national and international levels," said Singh who studied filmmaking at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune.
Produced by NFDC, the movie won the Special Jury Mention at the 5th Abu Dhabi Film Festival.