Yoodlee Films’ poignant and widely feted drama titled ‘Hamid’ had delighted audiences in both India and abroad ever since its release earlier this year. Now at the 66th National Film Awards held yesterday, the film has won two awards - one for being the best Urdu film and another for Talha Arshad Reshi, who won the best child actor award.
Adding another feather to their cap, production studio Yoodlee Films has proved their vision and ability to make relevant and powerful story driven films.
An elated director, Aijaz Khan says, “I am absolutely thrilled by this win. This film has been very close to my heart and I can’t begin to express how happy this makes me. I’m very grateful to the entire team that has helped bring this film together and my parents and family. This win for me has been bittersweet because we have not been able to reach my hero of the film : the wonderful Talha as the phone lines are jammed in Kashmir. It is his moment of glory and I wish I could share it with him right now.”
Producer Siddharth Anand Kumar of Yoodlee Films added, “Hamid is an extremely relevant and sensitive film with a message of hope and peace in our conflicted times.
It was a tough film to make and the recognition by the national awards jury is vindication of the hard work put in by each and every cast and crew member of Hamid. We at Yoodlee strive to make films that will stand the test of time and hopefully Hamid will be one of those.”
Starring Rasika Dugal, Vikas Kumar, Sumit Kaul and Talha Arshad Reshi in pivotal roles, ‘Hamid’ explores the unlikely bond between an eight-year-old boy, named Hamid and a CRPF Jawan – who find each other in the most trying of circumstances.
They form a relationship that helps them find redemption and closure through dialogue and conversation. The film has been shot entirely in Kashmir and the eight-year-old protagonist cast is a local Kashmiri boy.