National Film Awards 2019: Akshay Kumar is elated as wife Twinkle Khanna’s debut production PadMan wins big

66th National Film Awards 2019 were announced today and Akshay Kumar, Sonam K Ahuja, Radhika Apte starrer PadMan won the award for Best Film on social issues. Akshay was ecstatic on wife Twinkle Khanna’s debut production winning big and here’s what he said.
National Film Awards 2019: Akshay Kumar is elated as wife Twinkle Khanna’s debut production PadMan wins big National Film Awards 2019: Akshay Kumar is elated as wife Twinkle Khanna’s debut production PadMan wins big
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A film that came last year starring Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor Ahuja and Radhika Apte in the lead roles was Twinkle Khanna and R Balki’s, Padman. The film was based on the story of Arunachalam Muruganantham who was a social entrepreneur from Tamil Nadu. At the 66th National Film Awards, PadMan won the accolade for Best Film on social issues. While it was a happy moment for the entire team of PadMan, Akshay was busy with the promotions of Mission Mangal when his wife Twinkle called him. 

On becoming aware of the news from her, Akshay was elated as PadMan was Twinkle’s debut production. The Mission Mangal star mentioned the same in a statement and expressed his elation on PadMan winning big at the 66th National Film Awards. Not just this, Akshay recalled that when he was shooting for PadMan he got a call and got to know about his National Award and hence, life completed a circle for him. The Mission Mangal star also praised Swanand Kirkire for winning the National Award for Best Supporting Actor for a Marathi film, Chumbak. 

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Akshay said, “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.”

Check out Twinkle and Akshay’s tweets:

Meanwhile, PadMan traced the journey of Lakshmikant Chauhan who was from a small village and wanted to make cheap sanitary napkins for women. The film was directed by R Balki. The other awards that were announced were Best Actor which went to Ayushmann Khurrana and Vicky Kaushal for AndhaDhun and Uri: The Surgical Strike and the Best Actress award went to Keerthy Suresh for Mahanati. The Best Hindi film was awarded to AndhaDhun and various other awards were announced. 

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