Aishwarya Rai Bachchan honoured with Dadasaheb Phalke Award for Sarbjit

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The Dadasaheb Phalke Awards 2017 event was a glittery affair in Mumbai last evening, where Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was honoured for her spectacular performance in 2016 film Sarabjit. Before you get confused with the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Awards presented by the Government of India at the National Awards ceremony held annually in New Delhi, we must tell you that these are the Dadasaheb Phalke Film Foundation Awards which started around three years back and from then on, have been organised every year in Mumbai to honour the contribution of various artists to Indian cinema.

Aishwarya was awarded for portraying the ordeal of the family of Indian death row convict Sarabjit Singh on screen in Omung Kumar directorial Sarbjit starring Randeep Hooda in the titular role. In the film, Aishwarya essayed the role of Sarabjit’s sister Dalbir Kaur who moved heaven and earth to seek global attention towards her brother’s plight in a Pakistani prison. Around the release of her film, Aishwarya was quoted saying, “The film is the result of everybody’s labour. It can’t be an individual’s effort. Every department has put an effort. The script of ‘Sarbjit’ was brilliant and all of the actors in the film have given their soul to it. We had a huge responsibility.” With the award, it looks like the efforts of the entire team have been counted well.

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