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'National award is a prestigious recognition'

mumbai Updated: May 20, 2011 00:49 IST
Hiren Kotwani
Hiren Kotwani
Hindustan Times
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Salman Khan's mammoth hit of 2010 has another reason to celebrate. Dabangg has been adjudged as the Wholesome Entertainer at the 58th National Award Film Awards.

No wonder his brother Arbaaz and sister-in-law Malaika Arora, who forayed into production with this film that went on to net over Rs 140 crore at the box-office, are over the moon.

Malaika recalls her disbelief when husband Arbaaz, who is currently in Dubai, called to give her the good news.

"He told me to switch on the TV to see it to believe it," she concedes, ecstatic that their maiden production venture couldn't have had a better icing on the cake.

"When you start working on a movie, you do wish it wins several awards apart from making money at the box-office," she said.

"But national award is a prestigious recognition and I think it's entertainment quotient, complete with the music, dialogue, action et al, that the jury adjudged Dabangg as the Wholesome Entertainer of the year," said Malaika.

Just as surprised was Habib Faisal, director of Do Dooni Chaar, which won the Best Hindi Feature Film award.

He reveals initially dismissing the journalist who called to give him the news and even after speaking to some media persons, the National Award win is "yet to sink in."

Maintaining that a director's job is to tell a story and striving to entertain the audience at the same time, he admits he thought Peepli Live would emerge victorious.

"Besides, a group of very exciting films like Tere Bin Laden and Udaan came out last year," said Faisal.

"Although it's an achievement that Do Dooni Chaar survived in the theatres for six weeks and continues to be enjoyed on television as well as DVD, national award certainly gives a lot more credibility and prestige," he added.