The director of Neerja was surprised but at the same time expectant that Sonam would win the award!
After delivering one of Sonam Kapoor's finest performances this year in Neerja, the actress was lauded and even awarded at Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2016. Sonam Kapoor has won her first award for Neerja. She picked up Best Actress award for Ram Madhvani’s film at the Indian Film Festival, Melbourne in Australia and the director is thrilled.
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Madhvani says, “I was surprised to hear that she won the award, but at the same time I was expecting it too. It was unpredictable yet predictable. There was tough competition, too, in Melbourne so there’s a good feeling in your heart about it. I am very proud of Sonam. She’s a fine actress and deserved this. People think it will become a cult classic, but we can only know that in the next five years. I hope for Sonam’s case it becomes that as she has worked really hard for this film. She’s a very honest and natural actress. Sonam is there in the moment, she is Neerja.”
Did he expect so much love and appreciation when he made the film? “We knew what we wanted to make, but we didn’t know what we had made until the people told us. It’s really the people who showed us how much they loved us but frankly, so much love is something is beyond what we expected. There are four different barometers for success — personal, public, commercial success and critical. I think there’s a fifth one too. I also define success through a value system which was proved in Neerja and has sustained. That’s very rare to achieve.”
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The actress too was very much thrilled to accept the award as she thanked the Bhanot family and said, "“I am very lucky to be up here…This is a real story about a women who is only 23 years old. I want to thank Bhanot family specially the mother who passed away… Its a film about compassion more than anything else,” in her acceptance speech.
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