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Dangal is Best Asian Film at Australian Academy Awards


The jury members included actress Shabana Azmi and Hollywood actor Russell Crowe. 

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Nearly a year after its release, director Nitesh Tiwari’s Dangal continues to receive accolades. The Aamir Khan-starrer is has now won the award for the Best Asian Film at the 7th Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards.

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The news about the same was shared by veteran actress Shabana Azmi, who was one of the jury members, on Twitter. She shared a picture with Russell Crowe, the chairman of the jury and the Oscar-winning actor, and said that it was a unanimous decision by the jury.

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“DANGAL wins Best Asian Film at AACTA. Congratulations Team Dangal. With Russel Crowe Chairman of the jury. It was a unanimous decision,” she said.

The other Indian films nominated for the award were Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu-starrer Pink (2016) and the National Award winning Marathi film Kaasav: Turtle (2017).

Also starring Fatima Sana Shaikh, Sanya Malhotra, Sakshi Tanwar and Zaira Wasim, Dangal was based on real-life wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat’s efforts to train his daughters to become champion wrestlers.

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Dangal received high praise from audiences and critics alike. The film also went on to become the highest grossing Hindi film by earning Rs374 crore.