Habib Faisal whose directorial debut, Do Dooni Chaar, was adjudged Best Hindi Film, was not even aware that the 58th National Film Awards were to be announced on Thursday. So he was surprised by the congratulatory calls.
“There were some really exciting films made last year, including Tere Bin Laden, Udaan and Peepli Live. I thought Peepli Live would win. The last time I spoke about the National Award was six months ago, after a screening in New Delhi, when the film’s executive producer and I were discussing the year when they were not given out. After that, I completely forgot about them,” he admits.
Habib, who co-wrote wrote Yashraj Film’s hit movie, Band Baaja Baarat, adds that he was elated to find out that his movie revolving around a middle-class, middle-aged couple, played by Rishi and Neetu Kapoor, got the nod from the audience, ahead of some big movies that released around the same time.
“It will take a while for the National Award win to sink it. It’s a real boost to get top honours for your debut film,” he says, adding with a laugh, “I hope it doesn’t go to my head.”