Surekha Sikri on winning National Award: Arre ye kya ho gaya

In a piece of news that has sent waves of happiness across the entire film fraternity, veteran actor Surekha Sikri has won big at the 66th edition of National Film Awards. The actress, who essayed the role of the family matriarch in Amit Sharma’s directorial, Badhaai Ho, has won the National Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Sharing her excitement with in an exclusive chat, Sikri said, “It feels very good. I am very excited about it. I am so thankful. It feels really really good, I am so happy that the film has won.”

When asked what her first reaction was, Sikri shared, “Mera pehla reaction tha… Mujhe laga arre ye kya ho gaya”, she burst into laughter and added, “the director of the film called me to congratulate me, and even he deserves an award. Ayushmann has also won an award.”

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She further added, “I am extremely happy about it. Everybody worked hard on this film and now it feels so good. Families out there watched the film and enjoyed it, I am so grateful. Very excited about the win.”

The septuagenarian had previously opened up about retirement and had said, “Retirement? Hello, I don’t even know that word. What does it mean”. Adding that it’s a “very old-fashioned English concept”, Sikri had expressed her desire to “just go on and on” in an earlier interaction with IANS.

For the uninitiated, while Sikri has won a National Award, the film, too, has won big. With Ayushmann winning National Award for Best Actor (Hindi) for his other film AndhaDhun and Badhaai Ho itself bagging the Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment at the National Film Awards 2019, it’s a special day for the entire team. The film also starred Neena Gupta, Gajraj Rao and Sanya Malhotra in lead roles.

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