Things are currently going great for Rajkummar Rao. After being nominated for the Academy Awards for Newton, which is also India’s foreign-language Oscar entry, he has won two trophies at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards at a ceremony in Brisbane, Australia. Rao has won the Best A Actor award, while Mayank Tewari and Amit V Masurkar were awarded for Best Screenplay for Newton.
Won the best actor award at the most prestigious #APSA2017 (Asia Pacific Screen Awards). Thank you Maa. Thank u team #Newton. Don’t stop chasing your dreams because they really do come true. pic.twitter.com/4GPRqRHyd1— Rajkummar Rao (@RajkummarRao) November 23, 2017
“Let’s keep doing this beautiful work, let’s keep making these wonderful stories. Here’s to cinema!” said Rajkummar, in his acceptance speech. He dedicated the award to his late mother.
“Let’s keep doing this beautiful work, let’s keep making these wonderful stories. Here’s to cinema!” - @RajkummarRao thanked his late mother for blessing @NewtonTheFilm in his acceptance speech #APSA2017 pic.twitter.com/knbG4jLDqK— Asia Pacific Screen Awards (@APScreenAwards) November 23, 2017
According to Cinestaan, the awards were given by the Brisbane City Council to honour cinema and performances in the Asia-Pacific region. This is the fourth time Indian films won major prizes at the ceremony. In 2016, Manoj Bajpayee was awarded the Best Actor award for his performance in Hansal Mehta's Aligarh (2016).As part of the cultural diversity category in the competition, Haobam Paban Kumar's feature Loktak Lairambee, or Lady Of The Lake (2016), had received a special mention at the ceremony.
Meanwhile director Sanal Kumar Sasidharan, who was in the news recently for his film S Durga, was nominated for the same film.
This year, the Warwick Thornton directed Sweet Country won awards for the Best Film while Kamilia Andini won the Best Actress award for her work in The Seen And The Unseen.