After winning numerous accolades, the Aamir Khan-starrer Dangal adds another feather to its hat. The film has won the Best Asian Film at the seventh Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards in Melbourne on Wednesday. The jury panel was led by Hollywood actor Russell Crowe and veteran actors Shabana Azmi and Anupan Kher also served as one of the jury members on the panel.Shabana Azmi seemed most excited about the win as she took to Twitter to announce the result. She’s posted a picture alongside Australian actor Russell Crowe.
DANGAL wins Best Asian Film at AACTA. Congratulations Team Dangal. With Russel Crowe Chairman of the jury. It was a unanimous decision 👏👏 pic.twitter.com/xXfixEgT0R
— Azmi Shabana (@AzmiShabana) December 6, 2017
Apart from Dangal, the Amitabh Bachchan-starrer Pink and Marathi film Kasav: Turtle were among the nine films which were nominated for the inaugural AACTA Best Asian Film award.
The sports drama, directed by Nitesh Kumar, was based on the life of Haryana wrestler Mahavir Phogat and his daughters. Aamir Khan played the role of Phogat while Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra play the roles of professional wrestlers Geeta and Babita Phogat. Sankshi Tanwar played the role of the sister’s mother. Zaira Wasim and Suhani Bhatnagar played the younger version of the Phogat sisters.
Dangal was a runaway success and one of the highest earners of 2017, with an estimated turnover of Rs. 2,112.33 crore.It wasn’t just Dangal that stole the show at the AACTA. Lion, an Australian film, based in the backdrop of Kolkata, has won, among many, the awards for Best Film, Best Direction, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Editing and Best Sound.