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'Being nominated is an achievement enough'

entertainment Updated: Feb 12, 2009 18:34 IST
Rahul Sabharwal
Rahul Sabharwal
Hindustan Times
'Being nominated is an achievement enough'

He’s still reveling in the success of Slumdog Millionaire, but Anil Kapoor confesses that “there was no way he could have imagined the kind of overwhelming response it has evoked.” With the film winning awards all over the place, he concedes that winning an award is “a great motivation”.

He says “Small films with limited budgets gain tremendously from the buzz and positive publicity that follows the awards.” His excitement is evident as he talks about Slumdog… bagging the Screen Actors Guild Awards, which airs on Zee Studio at 8 pm tonight.

“It was HUGE! It felt great to meet some of the finest actors in the world whose work I’ve admired over the years. The likes of Heath Ledger, Kate Winslet, Sally Field and Alec Baldwin took home awards,” he says.

With the Oscars coming up, he maintains, “being nominated is an achievement enough”. So what does he plan to wear on the D-day [Oscars]? “I haven’t planned my attire yet. But in all probability, it will be Giorgio Armani,” he says.

As for the many controversies surrounding the film, he prefers to stay at a distance. On Jagjit Singh saying AR Rahman’s songs aren’t songs, he says, “One has to take these things in his stride!” and on Mahesh Bhatt saying that he has “performed much better in other Hindi movies”, he says, “I’d rather not react to everything I hear!”