Curated By: Chirag Sehgal
Last Updated: August 25, 2023, 07:46 IST
Vivek Agnihotri’s The Kashmir Files won the Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration at the 69th National Film Awards on Thursday, August 24. Hours after the announcement, the film’s lead actor Anupam Kher took to the microblogging site X (formerly known as Twitter) and expressed happiness. However, he also mentioned that it would have been great if he would also have won the Best Actor award for this movie. For the unversed, the Best Actor National Award has been given to Allu Arjun for the movie Pushpa: The Rise.
“Delighted and proud that #TheKashmirFiles won the prestigious and most important #NationalAward – Nargis Dutt award for #BestFeatureFilm on national integration. Not only as an actor but also being an executive producer on the film I am so happy for this recognition for our film. Would have loved to win an award for my acting too. पर अगर सारी ख्वाहिशें पूरी हो जाये तो आगे काम करने का मज़ा और उत्साह कैसे आएगा।चलिए! Next time! My heartfelt congratulations to every winner! Jai Ho!” Kher wrote.
It should also be noted that Pallavi Joshi, who also starred in The Kashmir Files, won the Best Supporting Actress National Award.
Meanwhile, filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri also issued a statement and shared that he has dedicated this National Award to all the victims of terrorism. “I am in America and I started receiving calls from my friends from where I came to know that ‘The Kashmir Files’ has won the 69th National Film Awards in the category of National Integration Award. National Award is the prestigious award of India. Since starting I have been saying that The Kashmir Files is not my film and I was the only medium. This award I am dedicating on behalf of our IamBuddha Production Company to all the victims of terrorists especially to the Kashmiri Hindus and besides that, in the whole corner of the world the Hindus who are facing terrorism, and this film is their voice, their sufferings so it belongs to them,” his statement.