Manoj Bajpayee honoured at London Indian Film Festival

Irrfan, Manoj Bajpayee and Richa Chadha picked up honours at the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festiva. Irrfan, whose Doob: No Bed of Roses and The Song of Scorpions were screened at the festival, was given an Icon Award, as was Bajpayee, whose Love Sonia and In the Shadows were part of the festival’s programme.

“Getting this award at this prestigious film festival, it definitely is a matter of privilege for me, also in London, the city I love the most,” quoted Bajpayee as saying. Irrfan, who is in London for treatment for a neuroendocrine tumour, reportedly received his award privately.

The actor, who has spent over two decades in the film industry, says more than the award, getting recognised for his versatility was heartening. “I got the honour at the festival because they recognised my contribution towards the growth of cinema, and it’s humbling that my various performances were noticed. It feels great that my work is reaching out to a global audience,” says Bajpayee.

The Best Newcomer Award went to Mrunal Thakur, who also stars in Love, Sonia. The movie’s cast includes Sai Tamhankar and Freida Pinto.