The announcement of the 58th National Film Awards have been swept by films from the South, with not much in Bollywood’s kitty this time around. Salman Khan’s blockbuster Dabangg, however, bagged the ‘wholesome entertainer’ award at the press conference, held in Delhi on Thursday.
“I’m extremely proud and happy, this is something I had never planned or expected,” says producer Arbaaz Khan. “Kamaal Karte Ho yaar… National Award bhi andar. Team Dabangg take a bow,” tweeted the film’s female lead, Sonakshi Sinha.
Vishal Bhardwaj’s Ishqiya won four awards, including the award for Best Female Playback Singer, which went to Bhardwaj’s wife, Rekha. “To get the National Award with your spouse in the same year is a great feeling,” he said. Rishi Kapoor starrer Do Dooni Char won the National Award for the best Hindi film. “It gives us a lot of happiness to win such recognition at the national level,” said producer Arindam Chaudhari.
JP Dutta goofs up
Filmmaker JP Dutta, the chairperson of the feature film jury of the National Awards, made several goof-ups while announcing names of regional actors, directors and movies. “I’m sorry I didn’t do my homework,” he said later.