The list of winners for National Film Awards 2017 is out. And those who have watched the much-talked about film Mukti Bhawan or are planning to watch this today will be happy to know that actor Adil Hussain has won a Special Mention. Interestingly, the renowned actor has earned Special Mention for not one, but a couple of his projects - Maj Rati Keteki and Mukti Bhawan.
During his exclusive interaction with News18.com, Hussain expressed his elation on winning special mention for his work in the aforementioned titles.
“I’m quite delighted that I have been mentioned and noticed as one of the performers who did well. To be recognized by the National Award Jury is both prestigious and inspiring for me,” he said.
The actor is also delighted because the National awards mention comes on a day when the film Mukti Bhawan releases across India. “Today is when the film gets an official release. This is a happy coincidence.”
Mukti Bhawan, which has been directed by Shubhashish Bhutiani, is set in Varanasi, and features Lalit Behl, Geetanjali Kulkarni and Palomi Ghosh in key roles.
With an interesting story that revolves around life and relationships in a way that no other film has ever been able to achieve, Mukti Bhawan revolves around a 77-year-old Daya (Lalit Behl) who feels that he is nearing his death. Much like a true Hindu, he wants to spend his last few days on the banks of river Ganges.
Hussain plays a compliant son in the film, who tries to strike a balance between his father and work, a role which many can associate with.
“I’m so happy that the film has also got amazing reviews. It is so encouraging that films like Mukti Bhawan which have been made under a limited budget have been mentioned and appreciated across the board.”
“But I also want the audience to watch the film with with parents, and make it a commercial film too,” he quickly added.
Hussain refers to Mukti Bhawan as a film that has the potential to “change the future of Indian cinema” because such projects “thrive on stories, not stars.”