Mainstream Hindi cinema emerged a major winner at the 66th National Film Awards on Friday with multiple recognitions for "Andhadhun", "Uri: The Surgical Strike" and "Badhaai Ho".
Of the top three National Awards, "Uri: The Surgical Strike" won Aditya Dhar the best director award for his debut film and Vicky Kaushal the best actor. The film also won two awards for Best Background music and sound design.
For those unaware, Vicky portrays an Army officer in "Uri...", which recaps India's surgical strike in September 2016 in the wake of a terror attack on an army base in Uri. Minutes later, Netizens started pouring in comments on Twitter wondering how a film that was released in January 2019 was eligible for this year's National Awards. One user commented: "Seems like in extra Josh #nationalawards jury forgot that #Uri was a 2019 film."
Soon, a user @sachdeva_pankaj put up a clarification saying that the makers of Uri: The Surgical Strike were granted the CBFC (Central Board of Film Certification) on December 31, 2018. According to the rules, if a film is certified by CBFC between January 1 and December 31 of the year, it is eligible for National Awards. Take a look -
Director Aditya Dhar dedicated his best director to "each and every brave soldier" in the country. The film also won the best music director award (background music) for Shashwat Sachdev and sound design.
(With inputs from PTI)
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