National Film Awards: Wheelchair-Bound Surekha Sikri Says, 'It Makes Me So Happy'

Surekha Sikri, who suffered a brain stroke last year, collected her award in a wheel chair and was honoured with a standing ovation

National Film Awards: Wheelchair-Bound Surekha Sikri Says, 'It Makes Me So Happy'

Surekha Sikri receiving her National Award (Courtesy PTI)

Highlights

  • "I am feeling really excited about this," said Surekha Sikri
  • "I want to congratulate the writers of the film," she added
  • "I also thank Amit Sharma for directing this film," she said
New Delhi:

Badhaai ho, Surekha Sikri. The 74-year-old actress, who once told news agency IANS that she doesn't have the word "retirement" in her dictionary, received the Best Supporting Actress National Award for her performance in Badhaai Ho from Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu on Monday and she's "excited" and "happy." Surekha Sikri, who suffered a brain stroke last year, collected her award in a wheel chair and was honoured with a standing ovation from those present at Vigyan Bhawan. Speaking to IANS after the award ceremony, the veteran actress summed up how overwhelmed she is: "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."

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Surekha Sikri receiving her National Award (Courtesy Doordarshan)

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A standing ovation for Surekha Sikri at the National Awards (Courtesy Doordarshan)

Badhaai Ho also won the Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment National Award. The film cast Gajraj Rao and Neena Gupta as a middle aged couple struggling with an unexpected case of pregnancy. Surekha Sikri plays an irritable mother-in-law while Ayushmann Khurrana features as the couple's son.

Speaking about Badhaai Ho's recognition at the 66th National Film Awards, director Amit Sharma told 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 unparallel. 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."

Meanwhile, Ayushmann Khurrana won the Best Actor National Award for AndhaDhun - he shares the award with Vicky Kaushal, who won for Uri: The Surgical Strike.

(With IANS inputs)