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69th National Film Awards 2021: Rakshit Shetty says 777 Charlie win is a proud moment

The recognition for Best Kannada film for the year 2021 is the first win for Rakshit’s production house Paramvah Studios, which backed debutant director Kiranraj K’s dream

69th National Film Awards 2021: Rakshit Shetty says 777 Charlie win is a proud moment
Still from 777 Charlie
  • Team OTTplay

Last Updated: 04.01 PM, Aug 24, 2023


When the team of 777 Charlie submitted their film for consideration at the National Awards, they knew that in a year filled with big-ticket movies, most categories would likely be out of their reach. Nevertheless, they sent the film and today, when the 69th National Film Awards for the year 2021 were announced, 777 Charlie was adjudged the Best Film in the regional category for Kannada. The films in consideration in this section had to have been censored between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021. Even though 777 Charlie came to theatres only in June 2022, it was initially planned as a December 2021 release, and, hence, had been censored accordingly.


The National Award is the first such honour for actor-filmmaker Rakshit Shetty’s home banner Paramvah Studios, as well as for debutant director Kiranraj K. Taking to social media, Rakshit wrote, “Words cannot justify the happiness and delight this news has delivered! While I am ecstatic and overwhelmed, I am also feeling humbled and grateful. This is a proud moment for all of us at @ParamvahStudios. Many congratulations @Kiranraj61 , the hardwork has paid off.”

Rakshit played the protagonist Dharma in the film, a loner with anger issues, whose life is transformed when a dog called Charlie comes into his life. What ensues is a journey of exploration and transformation, as dog and human find solace in each other. The film was a hit at the box office and struck a chord with audiences across the country. Starring Sangeetha Sringeri, Raj B Shetty, Bobby Simha, among others in pivotal roles, one of 777 Charlie’s major highlights was its rousing score by Nobin Paul, whose efforts, however, were snubbed, with RRR winning in the music category.