Adil Hussain is on a high. After winning the best supporting actor award for What Will People Say at Kanon Prisen Award, which is Norway’s equivalent to the Academy Awards, he has been nominated by in the best actor at the Amanda Norwegian National Film Awards for the same film.The actor says he is honoured to be nominated as such awards are free from any nepotism and are given only on the basis of merit. <blockquote class=”instagram-media” data-instgrm-captioned data-instgrm-permalink=”https://www.instagram.com/p/BkfpN67lUWM/” data-instgrm-version=”8” style=” background:#FFF; border:0; border-radius:3px; box-shadow:0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width:658px; padding:0; width:99.375%; width:-webkit-calc(100% - 2px); width:calc(100% - 2px);”><div style=”padding:8px;”> <div style=” background:#F8F8F8; line-height:0; margin-top:40px; padding:62.5% 0; text-align:center; width:100%;”> <div style=” background:url(data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAACwAAAAsCAMAAAApWqozAAAABGdBTUEAALGPC/xhBQAAAAFzUkdCAK7OHOkAAAAMUExURczMzPf399fX1+bm5mzY9AMAAADiSURBVDjLvZXbEsMgCES5/P8/t9FuRVCRmU73JWlzosgSIIZURCjo/ad+EQJJB4Hv8BFt+IDpQoCx1wjOSBFhh2XssxEIYn3ulI/6MNReE07UIWJEv8UEOWDS88LY97kqyTliJKKtuYBbruAyVh5wOHiXmpi5we58Ek028czwyuQdLKPG1Bkb4NnM+VeAnfHqn1k4+GPT6uGQcvu2h2OVuIf/gWUFyy8OWEpdyZSa3aVCqpVoVvzZZ2VTnn2wU8qzVjDDetO90GSy9mVLqtgYSy231MxrY6I2gGqjrTY0L8fxCxfCBbhWrsYYAAAAAElFTkSuQmCC); display:block; height:44px; margin:0 auto -44px; position:relative; top:-22px; width:44px;”></div></div> <p style=” margin:8px 0 0 0; padding:0 4px;”> <a href=”https://www.instagram.com/p/BkfpN67lUWM/” style=” color:#000; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none; word-wrap:break-word;” target=”_blank”>Wanted to Thank @iramhaq for choosing me as her Male Lead in her Intensely Poignant Film #WhatWillPeopleSay Brilliantly Directed by her for @merfilm! Thank you Iram for this opportunity you gave me! Because of you I got the #kanonprisen2018 best actor award in a Supporting Role and now have been Nominated for Norwegian National Awards #AmandaAwards in the Best Actor Category. 🙏</a></p> <p style=” color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px; margin-bottom:0; margin-top:8px; overflow:hidden; padding:8px 0 7px; text-align:center; text-overflow:ellipsis; white-space:nowrap;”>A post shared by <a href=”https://www.instagram.com/_adilhussain/” style=” color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px;” target=”_blank”> Adil Hussain</a> (@_adilhussain) on <time style=” font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px;” datetime=”2018-06-26T16:23:03+00:00”>Jun 26, 2018 at 9:23am PDT</time></p></div></blockquote> <script async defer src=”//www.instagram.com/embed.js”></script>“I am the only Indian actor to be nominated ever [the Amanda Norwegian National Film Awards]. There is no nepotism here. I cherish such honours, which have no bearings of nepotism . I don’t belong to the country. I have nothing to do with Norway except that I have starred in the film. They are recognising an actor who is not even of their nationality. It is a huge honour to even be nominated. It is very inspiring to be recognised for the kind of acting I am interested in. I want to continue to act and be truthful and natural with my craft,” shares an elated Adil.The actor will attend the Amanda Norwegian National Film Awards, which will take place on August 18. Read | Adil Hussain : I would have been disappointed if I did not get my National Award from the PresidentWhat Will People Say has been directed by Iram Haq, who is a second generation Pakistani in Norway. The coming-of-age drama is a personal story of the writer-director, whose first film, I Am Yours (2013) was the official entry to the Oscars from Norway. Talking about his director, Adil says that he was very impressed with Iram after watching her first film. “I hadn’t heard of her, so I googled her and realised that she is a good filmmaker. I loved her first film and her bravery. The flow of the story, the characterisation was top notch. Rarely do you get to work in such kind of films in India,” he says.