Anil Kapoor Hails Filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra at Critics Choice Awards


It was a momentous evening as the film fraternity gathered to celebrate the finest cinematic contributions at the Critics Choice Awards. Amidst the shimmer of the night, a heartfelt commendation resonated through the auditorium as acclaimed actor Anil Kapoor took the stage to present the Best Feature Film award. The much-talked-about film ‘12th Fail’ had just been crowned the standout film of the year, and with much fervor, Kapoor paid homage to his dear friend and the film’s director-writer, Vidhu Vinod Chopra.

Anil Kapoor, dressed in his typically charming and elegant style, began with words that captured the essence of Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s unparalleled commitment to cinema: “That’s the kind of madness he possesses. Thirty-nine years ago, and he still retains it. I’m certain, absolutely certain, that it will only grow in the years to come.” High praise indeed from Kapoor, who went on to honor Chopra by likening him to the legendary David Lean for his exceptional work on ’12th Fail.’

Kapoor’s admiration for Chopra was transparent as he continued, “The maverick, the eccentric, the genius – that is Vidhu Vinod Chopra. Sir, there are no words that can fully express the elation I feel in presenting you with this award.” He reflected on their enduring friendship that spanned four decades, while jesting on Chopra’s seemingly ageless appearance. The heartfelt tribute was met with applause from the audience, a testament to Chopra’s influence and contributions to Indian cinema.

Vidhu Vinod Chopra, humbled by the recognition, took the stage and underscored the importance of acknowledging extraordinary films and writers in the pursuit of advancing the quality of cinema in the country. His speech was modest yet impactful, focusing on the collective effort that goes into creating a film rather than on individual achievement.

The accolades did not end there. Actor Vikrant Massey, who delivered a powerful performance in ’12th Fail’, was bestowed with the Best Actor award. The victory was poignant for Massey, who took the opportunity to express heartfelt gratitude for the recognition, never forgetting to acknowledge the real-life inspirations behind the film – Manoj Sharma and Shraddha Joshi Ji – without whom the story could not have been told.

Massey’s speech was one of gratitude and reflection. “I have the real Manoj Sharma and Shraddha Joshi Ji joining me today, and without them, this wouldn’t have been possible,” said Massey. He specifically thanked Vidhu Vinod Chopra for his mentorship and guidance in navigating the complexities of Bollywood. His thanks extended to the critics and audiences whose love and support have kept the film in theaters. The actor conveyed his appreciation genuinely, reinforcing the connection between the film and those who receive it.

As the ceremony drew to a close, Vidhu Vinod Chopra, accompanied by the full cast on stage, once again emphasized the collective effort behind ’12th Fail’s’ success. The entire team received a standing ovation, a touching moment that brought home the power of collaborative creativity in the industry. The team dedicated the award to each member present, giving due credit to the people both in front of and behind the camera.

The Critics Choice Awards ceremony was one filled with emotion, celebration, and poignant recognition of talents that continue to push the boundaries of storytelling. ‘12th Fail’ stood out as not only an example of excellent filmmaking but also a reflection of the strength that lies within an unwavering friendship, a committed team, and an industry that continues to root for compelling stories. Anil Kapoor’s laudation of Vidhu Vinod Chopra left an indelible mark on the night, ensuring it would be remembered as a genuine display of admiration and respect within the cinematic community.

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