My Joy Multiplied With Rekha’s Win: Vishal Bhardwaj

My Joy Multiplied With Rekha's Win: Vishal BhardwajVishal Bhardwaj bagged his fourth national award Thursday, but more than being happy for himself, the filmmaker-singer-composer was elated over his wife’s first win. Both were honoured for the film Ishqiya, which was directed by debutant Abhishek Chaubey and produced by Bhardwaj, who also composed music for the rural drama.While Bhardwaj won the best music direction award, Rekha was named the best female playback singer for the song Badi dheere that has been penned by Gulzar. The 58th National Film Awards were announced in the capital on Thursday. “This is Rekha’s first national award and of course it was a moment of joy for both of us because the happiness multiplied. To get national award with your spouse in the same year is a great feeling,” said the 50-year-old.Vishal Bhardwaj’s Ishqiya has won four National Awards. “I also had a word with Gulzar saab and he is feeling like a proud father whose two children have got the national award,” he added. Bharadwaj had earlier won the prestigious award for Godmother, Blue Umbrella and Omkara in different categories.”Definitely the feeling that you get when you receive an award for the first time is totally different, but whenever you get an award, it’s a great feeling and it instills more confidence in you. Especially a national award,” said Bhardwaj, adding, “It is the most prestigious award. All the other popular awards are either run by some film magazine or corporate houses, but this is an award by the country. So country is felicitating and honouring you, which is great.” Ishqiya songs Ibn-e-batuta, Dil toh bachcha hai ji and Ab mujhe koi were not only liked by the masses, but also music experts. When asked if he was expecting the award, the filmmaker said, “Usually when the songs become popular, they don’t get national award. My previous film for which I got a national award for music direction was Godmother, and the songs were not popular. “My most popular music, be it in Omkara, Maachis or Kaminey, didn’t get a national award. So I was not expecting and that is the beauty of national award, when you don’t expect it, you get it.”-HT



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