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National Award gives me renewed energy to do good work: Annu Kapoor

Annu Kapoor on winning his second National Award for Best Supporting Actor for Vicky Donor

First the popular film awards this year and now the National Award.
National Awards can not be compared to popular awards. This is way bigger than other awards and I am delighted to win this. I am thankful to my audience for the appreciation. My first National Award was for my directorial debut Abhay (1994), which was a children’s film. And now since I have won it again, I feel a renewed energy to do more good work. I am planning to direct a feature film again and hope to finish it soon.

How much do popular awards matter to you? You think they are a justification of one’s hard work?
I would have liked to comment on this question, but I am too happy and excited to talk about it. Let’s leave this question for some other time.

How have films changed over the years?
Movies always mirror society. And right now we are facing some really grave issues that need to be addressed in our films. But having said that we cannot expect people to go and watch serious cinema when they have similar problems in their own lives. There is such a huge divide in the Indian society. You can’t expect those who are struggling to make their ends meet on daily basis to watch a serious film after a hard day’s work. They need mindless entertainers to relive themselves of their pain. That’s why such films work. There are filmmakers who want to make films on diverse subjects, and there is audience of such films as well. The very fact that Vicky Donor has done so well in spite of handling such a new idea, shows how much things have changed in India. It’s one film that has touched all sections of the audience in spite of it the bold subject. Not just the classes, even the masses have liked it.

Even after spending so many years in Bollywood, why haven’t you been doing more films recently?
I haven’t done many films recently because all the films that have come to me had weak scripts. Koi bhi strong script nahi milti aaj kal. Be the subject serious or comic, if the script is not powerful then it will not make for a good film. But I just want to remind everyone that I am the same actor who played Gandhi in Sardar, Kabir on TV, who did Muskurahat, Gardish and Mr India. I am the man who set the trend of music game shows on television through Antakshari. So, let me say, there’s plenty more of me to come in the near future.

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