DELHI: Akshay Kumar starrer Oh My God which was a satire
on religious hypocrisy has been given the best Hindi film award
for its impact on Indian socio-cultural life.
The award has been given by the Lucknow-based Institute for Research
and Documentation in Social Sciences (IRDS). This is the second
year that the IRDS has announced awards for films concerned primarily
with social issues. A jury headed by social activist IPS officer
Amitabh Thakur selected the awards.
Actor Irrfan Khan has been named the best male character for his
role as the soldier-athlete turned dacoit Paan Singh Tomar.
Veteran actress Sridevi gets the best female character award for
her role as the linguistically troubled Shashi Godbole in the
film English Vinglish.
Banerjee gets the best director award for Shanghai presenting
intricate web of politics, finance and society. Vicky Donor
which deals with sperm donation and is written by Juhi Chaturvedi
gets the best story award, while the "Mehngaai" song
by A M Turaz from Prakash Jha's Chakravyuh has been named the
best song for depicting the hardship of rising prices.