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National Awards: “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm” – Aditya Dhar on winning the Best Director award for Uri – The Surgical Strike

Aditya Dhar had seen a lot of snubs and failures before Uri – The Surgical Strike. His earlier project for Karan Johar’s Dharma productions was aborted when its leading man Fawad Khan had to return to Pakistan after the conflict in Uri.

I was in the midst of Mission Mangal promotions when Tina called me asking if it was true?If Pad Man had actually won a National Award for Best Film On Social Issues. All my tiredness of promotions vanished hearing this news. I remember it was on the sets of Pad Man only that Sonam and I got the news of winning our respective National Awards last year. So life has come a full circle and I couldn’t be happier for Tina for winning this with her debut production and of course R.Balki for putting it all together and the entire team behind Pad Man. Not just that, Chumbak, a Marathi film I presented, Swanand Kirkire won the National Award for Best Supporting Actor for that film. Over all, it’s been a rewarding day.

Talking about his journey after suffering failures to finally achieving success Aditya says, “15 years of failures, rejections and hard work has led to this moment and it just can’t get better than this. Thank you India, thank you Ministry of Information & Broadcasting and all the Jury members of National Award committee for considering me worthy enough for this prestigious award. This is an honour I am going to cherish for the rest of my life. Being conferred with the National Award has been a dream since the time I understood what films meant to me, and films truly mean the world to me.”

Not forgetting to thank those close to him, Aditya expresses his gratitude saying, “Thanks to my family and friends for their unconditional support over the years. The way my parents and my brother stood by me through all the struggle is what helped me realise my dream so beautifully. Thank you Ronnie Screwvala and my entire team of URI for giving it all and making URI what it is. This film wouldn’t have been possible without the mad obsession of each one of you to create something extraordinary for our audience.”

In conclusion, Aditya expresses his thanks to the men in uniform and their families saying, “But most importantly I am dedicating this award to each and every brave soldier of our country and their families. Thank you for all your sacrifices. You have selflessly dedicated your life to serve us and now it’s our time to dedicate everything we have to serve you.”

Also Read: Uri directs Aditya Dhar speaks for the first time on plans to re-release the Vicky Kaushal starrer film on Kargil Diwas

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