Babil Khan was last seen in Netflix film Qala, while director Pradeep Ranganathan made his acting debut with his film Love Today
Babil Khan and Pradeep Ranganathan receive the award from Rohit Shah - Founder, Health Horizons and Suraj Sharma of Life of Pi fame
Last Updated: 12.27 PM, Mar 30, 2023
Irrfan Khan’s son, actor Babil Khan, and Tamil actor-director Pradeep Ranganathan have won the ‘Rising Star of the Year’ title at the prestigious OTTplay Changemakers Awards 2023 tonight. The award was presented by Rohit Shah - Founder, Health Horizons and Suraj Sharma of Life of Pi fame. The glittery award ceremony - which took place at JW Marriott (Juhu), Mumbai - was attended by the who’s who of the Indian film fraternity. Known for directing films like Comali and Love Today (in which he has made his acting debut), Pradeep also runs a YouTube channel, called Morattu Single. Babil, on the other hand, is known for films like Qala, The Mattress Man: A Yawn to Action and The Railway Men.
The ‘OTTplay Changemakers Awards 2023’ intend to honour and celebrate the groundbreakers and trendsetters of the entertainment industry. With Indian cinema on the cusp of remarkable transitions, it’s pertinent to honour and boost the confidence of those young minds that are bringing about the change. It’s the first edition of the awards ceremony.
Pradeep - who has also written, directed and acted in short films like Whatsapp Kadhal, College Diaries, Highway Kaadhali and App(a) Lock - once said that he was deeply inspired by 1985 American sci-fi movie Back to the Future. Meanwhile, when it comes to Bollywood, he takes notes from Rajkumar Hirani’s blockbuster hits Munna Bhai MBBS and 3 Idiots.
Although still quite new in the industry, Babil is already winning hearts for his friendly demeanour and promising screen presence. More often than not, the young actor is also among the most talked about celebrities on social media for his quirky-artsy fashion choices.
When asked about using his privileges to find work in the industry, the actor recently said in an interview that he is not trying to battle any questions that come with privilege. “I have experienced privilege in my life, why must I hide from that truth? Instead, I try to stay true to my sense of morality and the values of my upbringing in the use of that privilege,” Babil told Hindustan Times.
Real Fruit Juices & Beverages Presents OTTPlay Changemakers Awards 2023 was held in association with nutrition partner Health Horizons, travel partner D'Pauls and beauty partner Greyon.