Congratulations are in order for the director of Badhaai Ho. His film has won the National Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment. Amit was at the National Film Awards ceremony on December 23 before he flew out of the country with his wife and son for a holiday. During his stopover in Amsterdam, he spoke about his feelings on receiving the National award and his next project, Maidaan.
“I can’t describe the feeling. To have won a National Award so early in my career — Badhaai Ho is my second film — is a dream come true. And to receive the National Award with so many distinguished filmmaker! But the best moment at the function was when my actress Surekha Sikri was wheeled in. She came to the National Awards in a wheelchair to receive her award for Badhaai Ho. She is the most beautiful actress I’ve worked with so far,” says Amit.
Badhaai Ho has changed the course of Neena Gupta’s career. Amit says he is happy. “She deserves all the work that’s coming her way. The fact that she acknowledges the hand of Badhaai Ho in her current success means a lot to me.”
Amit Sharma’s next film Maidaan, a bio-pic on the life of football player and coach Syed Abdul Rahim, is 50 percent ready. Often called the founding father of Indian football, Rahim was a champion player but also a very influential coach.
Says Amit, “We’ve so far shot in Mumbai, Lucknow and Kolkata. The remaining film will be shot in Mumbai after I return from my holiday.”
Would Maidaan be bigger more commercial in keeping with the director’s reputation after Badhaai Ho? “It will be exactly the way I want to make it, no frills, no compromises. I will make it how I made Badhaai Ho with no thought for how it will finally pan out, just doing what my heart tells me. My leading man Ajay Devgan Sir is with me on this. He wants Maidaan to be as real as I want it to be,” says Amit.