Manoj Bajpayee on National Award win: ‘This award’s not for me but for everyone who backed Bhonsle’


Manoj Bajpayee on Monday expressed happiness over his finest actor win on the 67th National Awards for his 2020 drama Bhonsle, saying, the movie accomplished its journey with the coveted honour. Bajpayee shared the honour with Dhanush, who gained the award for Vetri Maaran’s hit period-action movie Asuran.

The win marked Manoj Bajpayee’s third National Award, after the perfect supporting actor win for Satya (2000) and a particular jury award for Pinjar in 2005.

Director Devashish Makhija’s Bhonsle noticed Manoj Bajpayee as a retired Mumbai police officer, who befriends a North Indian lady and her brother who are focused amongst different migrants within the metropolis. The movie confronted many hurdles to achieve to screens, although, over the previous few years, it obtained accolades at varied worldwide festivals. Bhonsle lastly arrived residence solely in 2020 on streamer SonyLIV.

Manoj Bajpayee acknowledged the struggles of the Bhonsle crew as he reacted to his National Award win. “I am very happy and thankful to each and every one who believed in this film, who believed in me, and thankful to my director Devashish Makhija and my co-actors Santosh and Ipshita, my producers Sandeep, Saurabh, Abhayanand and Piiyush. From the deepest of my heart, feeling thankful to each and everyone who has supported this film and supported me,” the actor mentioned in a press release.

“I really think, this is not an award for me but for all of those guys who backed the film. Bhonsle completed its journey with this National Award, I am only feeling thankful and nothing else,” Bajpayee concluded.


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