Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor has been honoured with National Awards 2017 under special mention category for Neerja. She will receive the award on May 3 in New Delhi, along with Akshay Kumar who won the Best Actor title for Rustom.
While people were shocked to learn that the actress won the award, despite other actresses like Alia Bhatt, Neerja's Sonam couldn't make out what 'special mention' is. She thought it's a consolation National Award.
"My mother (Sunita) told me that I had received a special mention and I found it sweet and encouraging. I was like 'is it a consolation award?' She told me to speak to Anupam Kher uncle as he received it for Daddy. I spoke to Shabana (Azmi) aunty as well about it," Sonam told Press Trust of India.
Sonam's parents, Sunita and Anil Kapoor, are going to accompany their daughter to Delhi for the ceremony.
"I am very excited about it. It is such a matter of pride that my parents will be there with me. I don't know how to describe it in words but it is definitely the most special feeling. There is a lot of pressure from now on as an actor," she said.
Normally, people seem to get nervous to receive this big honour from the President of India, but Sonam is not. She explains why.
"My father has won two national awards for Pukar and Gandhi My Father, which he produced. He was in South Africa and I was shooting for Aisha in Delhi. Nobody could get in touch with him so my uncle told them that I will receive the award on his behalf," she told PTI.
Sonam is currently shooting for R Balki's Padman and Rajkumar Hirani's biopic on Sanjay Dutt.