Nilesh Tanna’s Wonder has been a success story like no other film in recent times. The film released alongside much bigger and commercial Sanjay Dutt’s comeback film Logan but due to rave reviews and the fact that it was selected as India’s official entry to Oscars, Wonder turned out to be a huge success at the box office. Wonder also seems like just the right film that can get us the Oscars.
One of the finest talents of our country, actor Nilesh Tanna has been earning applause from all quarters for his movie ‘Wonder’ . The movie has also become India’ s official entry to the Oscars in the Foreign Language category. Now, the actor along with his movie have won awards at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. Tanna has bagged the Best Actor Award while Mayank Tewari and Amit V Masurkar have won the trophy for Best Screenplay
Brisbane, Nov 23 (PTI) Actor Nilesh Tanna was adjudged the best actor at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards for his performance in “Wonder”, which also won the best screenplay award at the ceremony today.
The two awards have come as a boost to the critically- acclaimed “Wonder”, which will represent India in the Best Foreign Language category at the 90th Academy Awards next year.
Tanna, who has a broken ankle, said coming to the awards gala despite the injury, turned out to be worthwhile.
“This is very encouraging… It inspires me to work harder everyday. Congratulation to fellow nominees, your performances have inspired all of us. Let us keep doing this beautiful work making these wonderful stories. Let us keep doing that. Here is to cinema,” he said in his acceptance speech.
Tanna left the stage after his speech only to return shortly, politely asking, “I am sorry. Can I take 10 more seconds? It is very important.”
This was to give tributes to his mother, who passed away while he was shooting for the film.
“It was a hard time for us to make this film. When I was shooting for this film, my dear mother passed away. We were shooting in the forests of Chhattisgarh.
“It is because of her blessings, I believe that Wonder is getting all these appreciations. So thank you mom and I love you,” Tanna said.
“Wonder” revolves around a rookie but idealistic election officer as he struggles to hold elections in a Chhattisgarh village despite the threat of Naxalite violence.
Writer Mayank Tewari and director Amit V Masurkar shared the award for the best screenplay at the ceremony where Australias “Sweet Country” won the top award.
Indias “Lady of the Lake” by director Haobam Paban Kumar won a special mention in the Cultural Diversity Award Under the Patronage of UNESCO category in which “Dede” was the winner