It’s that time of the year when the best in Indian cinema are recognised and honoured. The 66th National Film Awards jury has announced the winners, and Sriram Raghavan’s crime thriller Andhadhun has been named the Best Hindi Film.
Andhadhun starring Ayushmann Khurrana, Tabu and Radhika Apte turned out to be the sleeper hit of 2018. The film revolves around a blind pianist (played by Ayushmann Khurrana) who must report a murder that he witnessed.
The film received a thumbs up from critics as well as fans. The film not only crossed the Rs 100-crore mark in India in no time, but also did fabulous business in China.
Talking about the film’s success, Ayushmann Khurrana told Huffington Post, “AndhaDhun is the most impromptu and spontaneous film I’ve ever done. Sriram’s (director Sriram Raghavan) way of filming is so different. He’s the quintessential rule-breaker, he follows no rule. There’s one script and one screenplay given to you in English. You understand that it’s a thriller. While giving the narration, he just keeps asking you questions and would write down whatever I’d say. And the result? It would come out as something crazy. His motto was to break everyone’s notion while being unpredictable.”
When asked if he ever expected the film to do this great business at the ticket window, Ayushmann said, “I am slightly anxious before every release. But we knew we were doing something unpredictable and bizarre and we’ll get good critical acclaim and a respectable box office. But what is happening right now is very surprising. I think we’ll recover money and get a lot of respect because the premise is a little dark but it’s also very funny.”
Sriram Raghavan is a name to reckon with in Bollywood. When it comes to thrillers in Bollywood, it’s hard to beat this director, and he proved his genius once again with Andhadhun. If the film was a commercial success, it has now won the Best Hindi Film award at the 66th National Film Awards.