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Rajkummar Rao: I never expected to win the National award for Shahid

April 16, 2014 17:32 IST

Rajkummar Rao: I never expected to win the National award for Shahid

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The 2013 National award winners -- Rajkummar Rao, Hansal Mehta and Saurabh Shukla -- express joy at their respective wins.

The 2013 National awards have been announced, and the winners are certainly a deserved lot.

We spoke to a couple of them. Take a look:

Rajkummar Rao
Best Actor, Shahid

I am extremely happy and elated that I have won this award.

I am on cloud nine. I always wanted to win but never expected it would happen for Shahid.

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Image: Rajkummar Rao


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Saurabh Shukla: It's like a dream come true

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Best Supporting Actor, Jolly LLB

I am absolutely elated about winning the National Award. It came as a big surprise to me, as I wasn’t aware that the awards are being announced today.

In fact, I didn’t even know that the production house had sent my name for the awards. My family and friends are really happy for me.

In the 20 years of my career, I have always received critical appreciation for my performances but this was the first year when I won the Screen Award for Jolly LLB. And now I won the National Awards!

It’s like a dream come true.

I am also happy that Jolly LLB won the Best Film.


Image: Saurabh Shukla


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Hansal Mehta: It's a recognition of all the hard work put in by the entire Shahid team

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Best Direction, Shahid

It’s a prestigious honour to win the National Awards.

It’s a recognition of all the hard work put in by the entire Shahid team.

I had completely forgotten that I had applied for the National Awards and that they were going to be announced today.

I was busy with my next film Citylights in the mixing room and as a result my phone was switched off.

I came out of the room to take a break when I was suddenly bombarded with congratulatory messages and missed calls from family and friends.

It’s a really proud feeling!


Image: Hansal Mehta with his Shahid leading man Rajkummar Rao


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