Dia Mirza and Malaika Arora might not be seen on the big screen that frequently, but the duo still showed the impact of their work. The duo was among the winners at the Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival. While Dia won the Best Actress award for the web series Kaafir, Malaika was honoured with the Fitness Icon of the Year award.
Both the stars were extremely grateful for the honour and expressed their feelings in lengthy notes. Malaika shared how it was an ‘absolute privilege’ for having received such an award alongside ‘industry stalwarts'. The Chaiyya Chaiyya star added how such an acknowledgement ‘encouraged’ her and the other winners to ‘strike harder and further’ in the respective fields.
Thank you Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival Awards for bestowing me with this honour. It is an absolute privilege having received such recognition along side our industry stalwarts. It's acknowledgement like this that encourages me and my fellow recipients to strive harder and further in our respective fields. #FitnessIconOfTheYear @dpiff_official
Dia credited the script of Kaafir, calling it a reward for those who ‘believe in the power of good stories’. The RHTDM star opened up on her ‘incredible journey’ with the film, how it provided the opportunity to work with ‘very good people’ to bring out the ‘noble, humane story’. The actor also thanked the writers and co-stars who helped them ‘live and breathe every word’ and co-stars Mohit Raina and Dishita, without which her performance wouldn’t have been ‘real, generous and amazing’ and to every cast member who ‘surrendered so completely to this story'.
She hailed the makers for their ‘gumption, the audacity, the understanding and the trust in each other’ to express a story like this. Dia concluded her message by thanking the audience for responding to it on a personal level and expressing their love and appreciation. She added how #HumanityIsMyReligion is a faith she lived by.
Winning the prestigious DadaSaheb Phalke Award @dpiff_official - Best Actress for Kaafir has rung in 2020 with yet another acknowledgement for #TeamKaafir. This is a reward for all those who believe in the power of good stories. #Kaafir has been an incredible journey as an artist for me. I had the pleasure of collaborating with some very good people who made it possible to bring this noble, humane story, inspired by true events to YOU. Thank you Bhavani and Vickyji for the story and dialogue that helped us live and breathe every word. Mohit Raina and Dishita, this performance would not have been possible had you not been so real, generous and amazing. And every cast member who surrendered so completely to this story. Sid, Sapna, Sonam, Pratik, thank you for the gumption, the audacity, the understanding and the trust in each other to tell this story like it IS. @bhavani.iyer @siddharthpmalhotra @sapnamalhotra01 #AlchemyFilms @zee5 @zee5premium @tarkat07 @milxind @chinxter @pratik8shah @merainna #DishitaJain @darasandhu9 @kavishsinha @shirazthelabel @theiatekchandaney @yashmita.bane @harryrajput64 @vijay.koli.1829405 @jainisha_shah #ShyamDada @yashupashu #RaviSinghal #RajuSingh @meeamit @swanandkirkire @theartistcollectiveindia #AtulMongia, Vishruth, Kanishka, Prabhjot, Vidushi, Anmol, Nihar, Shubham, Debashmita and the ENTIRE SUPPORT CAST AND CREW thank YOU. And last but not the least, thank you to the audience. Each of you who has watched this human story and responded to it at such a personal level and for reaching out with your love and appreciation 🙏🏻🧡 #KaafirOnZee5. #HumanityIsMyReligion is not a hashtag we trended for #Kaafir. It is the faith we live by 🌏 #IncredibleIndia #DadaSahebPhalkeAwards
Hrithik Roshan, Anupam Kher, Armaan Malik, Divyanka Tripathi were among the other celebrities to win awards at the Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival.
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