Mumbai: Filmmaker Kabir Khan is ecstatic that his Salman Khan starrer Bajrangi Bhaijaan, a film which promoted bonhomie between people in India and Pakistan, has been named the 'Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment' at the 63rd National Film Awards announcement.
"Thank you everybody for all your love. We are really happy that Bajrangi Bhaijaan got the National Award for Best Popular Film," Kabir Khan tweeted soon after the official announcement in New Delhi on Monday morning.
Later, the film's leading lady, Kareena Kapoor Khan, also expressed how proud she was to be part of the film.
“It's one of the greatest films of its time. It spoke a lot about humanity, love, support and integrity. So, I'm very proud to be part of it. It was great working with Kabir (Khan) and Salman (Khan), who actually believed in the script and made it happen,” Kareena said, at a press conference for her forthcoming film Ki & Ka.
Incidentally, Salman Khan Films stepped into production with Bajrangi Bhaijaan. Amar Butala, COO, Salman Khan Films said the banner was delighted with their win.
"Salman Khan Films is delighted to win the National Award and get this recognition from the government of India for our film Bajrangi Bhaijaan. This is our first film under the banner and it is a huge encouragement for us, and for the vision that we have for it," Butala said.
Bajrangi Bhaijaan delves into the story of a simpleton named Bajrangi (Salman), who embarks on a journey to take a mute six-year-old Pakistani girl (Harshaali Malhotra) separated in India from her mother, back to her hometown in Pakistan.
An emotional and touching drama, the movie had struck the right chords with audiences on both sides of the border upon its release.