The actor, who competed with the likes of Ranbir Kapoor, Sridevi, Vidya Balan, Aamir Khan, SS Rajamouli and the team of Satyamev Jayate in the nomination, feels honoured. “This award is precious for me because the kind of nominations it had and the fact that the voting was done by public. I was never sure that I will get an award. The audience chose me and that was a really pleasant surprise,” says Irrfan.
He adds, “Certain awards give you happiness and we desperately need awards which have weight—the sanctity of an award and integrity of an award.”