Film maker Vishal Bhardwajï’s “Haider,” a modern-day adaptation of Hamlet won the People’s Choice Award in the Mondo Genere (world genre) at the ninth edition of Rome Film Festival.
Made with Kashmir as its backdrop, the film was honoured at the fest, which concluded Saturday. Bharadwaji reportedly said, "About 90% of those who watched the film were Italians. They said the film had really touched them. Some of them had visited Kashmir in the early 1990s, others before the onset of militancy."
He said "The award proves that if you put your heart in a movie, it can move people beyond borders."
Meanwhile, the crime drama’s stars Shahid Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor are proud and overjoyed.
1st festival 1st win. Too much. Wowzaaaa. People’s choice in the main category at the Rome film festival… A first for an Indian film. #haider. Proud and humbled, Shahid tweeted Sunday.
Shraddha, who gave another hit Ek Villainï this year, is thrilled too by the honour to “Haider".
We WON! #Haider – the 1st Indian film to win the main category of people’s choice award at Rome film festival! So humbled, grateful & proud! she tweeted.
Haider hit the screens Oct 2 and got rave reviews by critics worldwide. Since the word-of-mouth was strong in India, the Rs.22 crore-film did good business too.
(With inputs from IANS)