The 66th National Film Awards was staged in the national capital and among the several winners, veteran actor Surekha Sikri hit the headlines for all the right reasons. Surekha Sikri received the award for the Best Supporting Actress for her role in the movie Badhaai Ho.
The movie features the likes of Ayushmann Khurrana, Sanya Malhotra, Neena Gupta, Gajraj Rao, and Surekha Sikri. The movie focuses on a middle-aged couple who get pregnant, which frustrates their adult son. Sikri plays the role of a nagging grandma, with comic timing who constantly criticises the couple for embarrassing her.
She received plaudits for nailing the character of a stereotypical grandmother. She also received a standing ovation when she accepted her award on a wheelchair.
When the winners were announced a few months ago, Surekha Sukri expressed her gratitude to the writers of Badhaai Ho. Talking about it, she said, “I am feeling really excited about this. It makes me so happy. I want to congratulate the writers of the film. They wrote a very good script. I also thank Amit Sharma for directing this film.”
Along with her, Badhaai Ho director identified as Amit Sharma bagged the National Film Award in the category of Best Popular Film offering entertainment package. Speaking about it, he told news agency IANS, “The experience of going on stage and receiving the award was surreal and filled with pride. I had made this film without any expectations but the love we have received is unparalleled.
For me, this was more special because my father and my partner Aleya Sen, who is also the producer of the film were present at the ceremony and our company Chrome Productions has won a National Award with its Maiden film project Badhaai Ho.”