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Alia Bhatt on winning National Award for Gangubai Kathiawadi: 'The word on my forehead is gratitude'

Alia Bhatt receives her first National Award for her role in Gangubai Kathiawadi, directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. 

Alia Bhatt on winning National Award for Gangubai Kathiawadi: 'The word on my forehead is gratitude'
Alia Bhatt (Image source: Twitter)

Last Updated: 03.25 PM, Oct 17, 2023


There are many films earning big at the 69th National Film Awards this year. This year's Best Feature Film award went to R Madhavan's Rocketry: The Nambi Effect and Allu Arjun became the first Telugu actor to win Best Actor for his role in the movie Pushpa: The Rise. Alia Bhatt and Kriti Sanon, who both won for their roles in Gangubai Kathiawadi and Mimi, respectively, share the Best Actress award.

The National awards are being presented during the ceremony at Vigyan Bhavan in Delhi by President Droupadi Murmu. Several winners flew in from Mumbai and other places for the ceremony, which is a star-studded event. They include Kriti Sanon, Allu Arjun and Sneha Reddy, Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor, Karan Johar and Apoorva Mehta, R Madhavan, and more. 

On the red carpet of the renowned awards ceremony, Ranbir was seen supporting his wife actress Alia as she received her award. Ranbir and Alia could be seen standing next to each other on the red carpet. It is to be noted that Alia appeared to be wearing her bridal saree, while Ranbir was seen sporting a black suit. 

Alia Bhatt on winning the National Award

Alia Bhatt shared interaction with DD and expressed her feelings about receiving the prestigious award. She said: "There is a lot of gratitude in my heart. I am feeling so grateful and honored to be here and to have gotten the opportunity to portray such a beautiful character. So wonderfully imagined by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. I’m really missing him today. He is someone that I have looked up to all my life and I said this to him once I will never stop thanking you for what you gave me. 

"I think the word on my forehead right now is just gratitude. I’m just extremely grateful and it’s just like a 'pinch me' moment. Winning a national award, my first national award, so eyes are full of stars right now."

In August, the winners of the National Awards were announced. Alia uploaded a photo of herself doing her Gangubai posture at the time, along with a heartfelt caption. 

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