Dada Saheb Phalke Award, which is India’s highest recognition in the field of cinema, is going to honour Manoj Bajpayee with ‘Best Actor (Critics’ Choice) Award for his outstanding performance in Aligarh.
The biopic, which features Manoj Bajpayee in the lead, portrays the story of a 64-year-old gay professor, Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras, who was removed from his job due to his sexual orientation and was found dead in mysterious conditions. The film was recognised by many prominent national and international film festivals, and was marked as one of the best movie of Indian Cinema.
This year, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award 2016 is going to take place on the occasion of the 147th Dadasaheb Phalke Jayanti in Mumbai.
Talking about it, Bajpayee says, “I am honoured; it is a wonderful feeling. I would like to dedicate this award to Siras for his immense struggle in his journey to prove the true meaning of love to the world. A special thanks to our director Hansal Mehta for his courage to showcase this story, to my co-star Rajkummar Rao and to the entire team of Aligarh . I am thankful to my audience and critics for their tremendous appreciation and love.”