The National Award for Telugu family drama "Shatamanam Bhavati" came as a pleasant surprise, says the film's director Satish Vegesna. The 64th National Film Awards were announced on Friday.
"Shatamanam Bhavati" won the Best Popular Film Award for wholesome entertainment. "When I got a call from my production team, I thought they were joking. We didn't expect a National Award, and it came as a pleasant surprise. I need to thank my producer for having faith in me and backing this project," Vegesna said.
A runaway hit at the box office, "Shatamanam Bhavati" released this year for Sankranti, though it was cleared by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) last year. The film stars Sharwanand, Anupama Parameswaran, Prakash Raj, Jayasudha and Naresh in the lead roles. The film, produced by Dil Raju, was about the relationship dynamics between a NRI grandson (Sharwanand) and his grandfather (Prakash Raj).