Arbaaz Khan and others look back on their journey to the triumph
Arbaaz Khan gets his National Award for 'Dabangg' from Indian President Pratibha Patil
From Arbaaz Khan and Arindam Chaudhuri to Anant Mahadevan and Aishwarya Narkar, they all said that receiving a National Film Award from President Pratiba Patil on September 9 was a "fantastic moment".
Dadasaheb Phalke award winner veteran Tamil filmmaker Balachander said it is never too late to get an award.
"I feel happy. I'm asked whether the award has come late, and I don't think it's ever late to get an award. Whenever it comes, it is an honour. I am inspired to do more films," said the director of hits like 'Ek Duuje Ke Liye' and 'Sindhu Bhairavi'.
Hindi blockbuster 'Dabangg' starring Salman Khan won the best popular film award.
"It feels great and it has been a fantastic journey," Arbaaz said when asked to describe the journey of his debut production 'Dabangg' from box office hit to popular award winner to National Award winner.
Arindam Chaudhuri's production 'Do Dooni Char' won the best Hindi film award and he said: "I feel lucky. Awards are an added incentive."
"We have just bought the rights of a book called 'Lashkar'. It's a best seller and I hope the film will also be a best seller. Nothing has been finalised yet, we have just started scripting," added the producer whose 'The Last Lear' and 'Faltu' had won National Awards in different categories.
Actress Aishwarya Narkar, who is currently seen in Star Plus show 'Dor' as protagonist Avni's mother, produced 'Champions', which won the best film on social issues award.
"Child labour and child education are an important issues. Government is making efforts to erase child labour but as a citizen of our country we should also do something. And that is the reason I decided to produce the film," she said.
Anant Mahadevan, who has completed 30 years in showbiz, said that it had been a long and tough journey and finally he got a National Award for his film 'Mee Sindhutai Sapkal', a biopic on Sindhutai Sapkal, known as the mother of orphans.
"The degree of cinematic success I have received with 'Mee Sindhutai Sapkal' is great, but the greatest has yet to come. Now I am planning to make a film on Gaur Hari Dastan, a freedom fighter," he said.