May 07 : Anupam Kher bagged the Best Actor award for his short film Happy Birthday at the New York City International Film Festival. The film also won the Best Short Film award at the international film festival. Helmed by Prasad Kadam and produced by FNP Media, Happy Birthday stars Anupam Kher and Aahana Kumra.
Showing his gratitude for winning the award, the Hotel Mumbai actor said in a statement, "Thank you New York City International Film Festival (NYCIFF) for this great honour. It's humbling to be declared the Best Actor in this prestigious film festival. The credit goes to the whole young team of 'Happy Birthday' and my co-actor Aahana Kumra, thanks to the director Prasad Kadam, and rest of the team."
Taking to Twitter, Anupam Kher wrote, “Extremely happy to have won the #BestActor award at the #NYCIFF (New York City International Film Festival) for my short film #HappyBirthday. Also thrilled that it got the #BestFilm award too!! Thank you to the entire unit especially @AahanaKumra for their support!! Jai Ho!!”
Girish Johar, co-producer of the film, added in a statement, "It's really overwhelming to receive these two awards at an International Film Festival!! Anupam Sir, is a global icon, the more we say, it always falls short. He is pure GENIUS.” While Ahaana was nominated for best actress, Prasad was also nominated for best director. Anupam Kher and Aahana had also collaborated in the 2019 film The Accidental Prime Minister.
Meanwhile, on the work front, Anupam Kher has several projects in the pipeline including The Last Show, Mungilal Rocks, Moh Maya, and The Kashmir Files. The actor will share screen space with Satish Kaushik in Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri directorial The Last Show. In The Kashmir Files, written and directed by Vivek Agnihotri, the actor will share screen space with Mithun Chakraborty. The film tells the story of exodus of Kashmiri Pandits.