There are a few films which continue to linger in your memory, post walking out a cinema hall. A few performances, which touch your heart. One such stellar act was delivered by Manoj Bajpayee this year, in director Hansal Mehta's Aligarh. Though the award season for this year is quite far (popular awards), Manoj already bagged one of the top accolades of Indian cinema- Dada Saheb Phalke Award. Manoj won the top honour for his sensitive portrayal of a homosexual professor in the film.
The 46-year-old actor's friends from the industry took to their Twitter handles to wish him on his achievement."Dadasaheb Phalke Award in the Best Actor (Critics? Choice) to @BajpayeeManoj for his portrayal of Professor Ramchandra Siras in #Aligarh," wrote Hansal Mehta. "Mubarak ho meri jaan @BajpayeeManoj ... You deserve this and much more..." he added.
"N to my good friend n neighbour @BajpayeeManoj for winning Dadasaheb Phalke award!! It's raining accolades.." tweeted Farah Khan.
On winning the award, Manoj quoted to a popular daily, "Manoj confirms the news, saying, “I am honoured to be the recipient of this award; it’s a wonderful feeling. I would like to dedicate it to Siras, for the struggle he faced in his journey to show to the world the true meaning of love. I want to thank our director, Hansal Mehta, for his courage to present this story. I also want to thank my co-star, Raj Kummar Rao, and the entire team of Aligarh. I am thankful to my audience and the critics for their tremendous appreciation and love.”After receiving two National Awards for Satya in 1998 and Pinjar in 2003, the Gangs of Wasseypur actor will be awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke in the Best Actor (Critics' Choice) category for portraying Dr. Siras in the much-appreciated movie Aligarh. The award ceremony will take place on April 24 at a suburban hotel in Mumbai.
On the work front, the actor will next be seen as a traffic constable in the upcoming film Traffic.
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