Director Hansal Mehta, who was named the best director for Shahid in the 61st National Film Awards , says it is an acknowledgment of the hard work and honesty that he has put in to the biopic. Rajkummar Rao, who plays the title role in the film, has been named in the best actor category along with Malayalam actor Suraj Venjaramoodu, who won it for Perariyathavar . Rajkummar’s portrayal of the intriguing journey of a Muslim young man who is persecuted, who rebels and ultimately comes back to fight injustice as a committed law abiding lawyer, brings alive the life of Shahid Azmi.
“I am overwhelmed. It is an award for the entire team and it is the recognition to the fact that anything made with determination will succeed,” said Mehta.