Filmmaker Om Raut has said that Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior would not have been possible if it were not for the support of lead actors Ajay Devgn and Saif Ali Khan. The film won three awards at the 68th National Film Awards announced on Friday. Ajay Devgn won the Best Actor award (which he shared with Suriya) and the film also won the Best Popular Film Award for Full Entertainment and Best Costume. ,ALSO READ: Ajay Devgn’s reaction on winning the National Film Award,
Directed by Om Raut, Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior starred Ajay and Saif along with Kajol and Sharad Kelkar. Saif played the role of Mughal general Udaybhan Rathod in the film – the nemesis of Maratha subedar Tanaji Malusare (Ajay).
Om told News18 in a new interview, “Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior is a labor of my love. The film got full support from Ajay Devgn sir, who not only agreed to play the lead role, but also made efforts to make it. I am glad that the film has won the Best Film for Overall Entertainment award at the 68th National Awards. I also congratulate Ajay sir for his win as the Best Actor in the film. He is at his best. It was Tanaji. It would be incomplete without a special mention. For Saif (Ali Khan) sir whose support has been crucial to the outcome of this film.” He said that the entire cast and crew of the film are the pillars of the project and the award is for each and every one of them.
Soon after the film’s release in 2020, Saif told journalist Anupama Chopra in an interview that his role was ‘delicious’, but added that there was no concept of India before the arrival of the British and that the dramas of that period were considered history. could not be assumed. Many criticized the actor for the comment.
Saif said, “For some reason I didn’t take a stand… Maybe next time I will,” he said, adding, “I was very excited to play the role because it’s a delicious role. But when people say it’s history ; I don’t think it is history. I am well aware of what history was.”
Expressing his gratitude on receiving his third National Film Awards, Ajay Devgn said in a statement, “I am excited to win the Best Actor award along with Suriya at the 68th National Awards for Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior , who won for this. Surarai Potru. I thank everyone, above all my creative team, audience and my fans. I also express my gratitude to my parents and almighty for their blessings. All other winners Congratulations.”
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