3 points on Surekha Sikri receiving National Award

While we talk a lot about women doing athlete, women acing the tech game, best actress and young divas, little do we know about old ladies who are still setting an example in the industry excelling with age. The 66th National Films Awards held at New Delhi conferred Surekha Sikhri, a veteran actor with the award for the Best Supporting Actress for her role in Badhaai Ho.

Her role in Badhaai Ho

Starring Ayushmann Khurrana, Sanya Malhotra, Neena Gupta, Gajraj Rao, and Surekha Sikri, the movie focuses on a middle-aged couple who get pregnant, which disappoints their adult son. Sikri plays the role of a nagging grandma, with impeccable comic timing who constantly berates the couple for embarrassing her.

Widespread appreciation

She received widespread appreciation for nailing the character of a stereotypical grandmother. She received a standing ovation when she accepted her award on a wheelchair. A few months ago, when the winners were announced, Sukri expressed her gratitude to the writers of Badhaai Ho. Speaking about it, she said, “I am feeling really excited about this. It makes me so happy. I want to congratulate the writers of the film. They wrote a very good script. I also thank Amit Sharma for directing this film.”

Other actors awarded

Apart from Sikri and Sharma, Ayushmann Khurrana and Vicky Kaushal shared the award for Best Actor for Andhadhun and Uri: The Surgical Strike respectively. Akshay Kumar received the award for Best Film on Social Issues for Padman. The awards were presented by Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu at Vigyan Bhavan.

In case you haven’t watched Badhaai Ho yet, here’s the trailer of the movie. The film was loved by the audience not just for being a wholesome entertainer, but also for putting a middle-aged couple at the forefront. It proved that a good script is the key to making a successful film. Neena Gupta and Gajraj Rao were applauded for their brilliant and nuanced performances.

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