Vicky Kaushal, who has won the National Award this year in the best actor category for his performance in Aditya Dhar’s Uri: The Surgical Strike, says it will take him some time to fully let the feeling settle in.
Notably, Kaushal shares the best actor award this year with Ayushmann Khurrana, who bagged the honour for his stellar act of a blind pianist in Sriram Raghavan’s AndhaDhun.
Talking about winning his first National Award, Kaushal told Mid-Day, “People say destiny is a star maker, but it would not be possible without hard work. For the past two days, my parents are asking me what I am feeling. Honestly, it's yet to sink in."
However, not everyone is happy with Kaushal’s win. A large section of netizens believes that Malayalam superstar Mammootty should have been given the award instead for his widely appreciated performance in the Tamil film Peranbu.
On the brewing discontent, Kaushal said, "National Awards have always been inclusive, including this year. Keerthy Suresh won the Best Actress award for Mahanati [Tamil and Telugu]. The technical awards have gone to regional films. Everyone is bound to have an opinion. The jury is made up of experienced people who know their job. Discussion is healthy, but it's unfair to say that they are wrong.”
The Raazi actor has a slew of interesting films in various stages of production. There is Karan Johar’s big-budget multi-starrer Takht, Bhanu Pratap Singh’s Bhoot Part One - The Haunted Ship, Meghna Gulzar’s yet-untitled directorial based on the life of Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw and finally, Sardar Udham Singh, the biopic on freedom fighter Udham Singh.