After going to on to become one of the biggest hits of this year and being loved across the globe, Vicky Kaushal’s 'Uri: The Surgical Strike' got further recognition as the war drama was honoured with multiple awards at the National Film Awards announced on Friday. While the lead actor was adjudged the Best Actor, sharing it with Ayushmann Khurrana, Aditya Dhar won the Best Director Award. The duo thanked their family, the cast and crew of the movie and the jury for considering them worthy, while dedicating their awards to the Armed Forces.
“Words might fall short to describe the happiness I’m feeling right now.
For my work to be recognised by the honourable National Film Awards Jury is truly a moving moment for me and my family. I wish to thank each and every member of the jury committee for finding me worthy of the prestigious Best Actor Award for my work in 'Uri: The Surgical Strike'. I’m also very happy to be sharing the award with someone whom I admire, both as a person and as an actor. Ayushmann, congratulations, brother!
I wish to dedicate this Award to my parents, to every member of team URI, to our nation and to our Armed Forces, who put their lives on the line each day, come rain or storm. Thank you!”
Director Aditya Dhar, meanwhile, termed the moment as a result of ‘15 years of failures, rejections and hard work.’ Conveying his gratitude to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and the jury members, for considering him ‘worthy enough for this prestigious award.’ He said, “This is an honour I am going to cherish for the rest of my life.”
He added, “Being conferred with the National Award has been a dream since the time I understood what films mean to me and films truly mean the world to me.”
Dhar also thanked his family and friends, especially his mother and brother for the ‘unconditional support’ that helped him realise his dream so beautifully.
The filmmaker also thanked Ronnie Screwvala, the producer and the team for the ‘mad obsession’ that helped them create ‘something extraordinary’.
He concluded, “But most importantly, I am dedicating this award to each and every soldier of our country and their families. Thank you for all your sacrifices. You have selflessly dedicated your life to serve us and now it’s our time to dedicate everything we have to serve you.”
His ‘PS’ featured the line that became a part of everyday lingo, ‘How’s the Josh’ and he answered it, “Very Very High Sir”
Apart from these two awards, 'Uri: The Surgical Strike' also won awards for Best Sound Design and Best Background Music.
‘Uri: The Surgical strike’ is based on the Army operation against terror hotbeds along the Line of Control, in retaliation for the terror strikes in Uri in September 2016. The movie is the second-highest grossing ng film of this year, earning close to Rs 250 crore at the domestic box office.
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