"I think it will always be remembered as the first which brought faith in biopics," Tigmanshu Dhulia said in a statement. Featuring actor Irrfan Khan as the protagonist, the film talks about a soldier in the Indian Army, who wins a gold medal at the Indian National Games, but is forced to become a notorious bandit
"I got a good set of cast and good team. Getting Irrfan as a co-producer was a big boost for us. I believe if everything goes well, we will be able to offer an engaging film," said the film's director Mostofa Sarwar Farooki. Apart from Irrfan Khan, the film also features Bangladeshi actress Nusrat Imroz Tisha
Irrfan Khan, who worked with Mr Kapadia for 2011 film The Warrior, said in a statement: "I am extremely thrilled for Asif. He is an amazing filmmaker and I am happy that we had the opportunity to work together in the past."
"It's an inexpressible feeling. I started with an experiment to break the Indian stereotypical image in the West and was accepted with open arms there; would like to express my gratitude to my fans for appreciating me for my work," said Irrfan Khan
"I find it very strange when few people say that actors should act and they should not express their opinions on issues. Everybody has the right to speak their mind and concerns. If you are told to shut up then this is not a sign of a growing and healthy society," he said at the NDTV Indian of the Year Awards on February 2
Believe it or not, Irrfan who was approached for Steven Spielberg's latest with Scarlett Johansson, turned down the film: "I didn't feel the character offered to me gave me much scope so I said 'No', though Scarlett Johansson is an actor I would have loved to share screen space with"
Bajirao Mastani, which casts Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra in pivotal roles, won nine awards including the Best Film and the Best Director Award. Meanwhile, Shoojit Sircars Piku, which featured Deepika, Amitabh Bachchan and Irrfan Khan, followed with five awards
Hollywood actress Mindy Kaling said that The Lunchbox star Irrfan Khan is her "favourite actor in the world" on microblogging site Twitter. Irrfan, who last year appeared in hit films like Piku and Jurassic World, will be next seen in Hollywood film Inferno along with Tom Hanks
Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor received the Life Time Achievement award. Meanwhile, the Popular Choice award in the male and female categories went to Shah Rukh Khan for Dilwale, and Deepika for Bajirao Mastani respectively. Irrfan Khan received the Jury Choice Best Actor (Male) award
"We're a bit frustrated because I have a number of very huge scenes to work with Irrfan, but we haven't gotten to them yet and, as it is now, we've done, I don't know, six or seven scenes with him and he's only had one line to say," he said
"It doesn't irritate or anger me; I find it silly, as time and again they have to keep comparing everything. I have other co-stars like Irrfan Khan or Amitabh Bachchan, why not compare them," said Deepika Padukone. This year, Deepika worked with Ranbir in Tamasha and with Ranveer in Bajirao Mastani
Non-commercial films such as Masaan and Talvar also won accolades. Richa Chadha won the Editor's Choice Performer of the Year award for Masaan while Irrfan Khan received the same award for Piku. Meghna Gulzar, who made Talvar, received the Filmmaker of the Year award