Actor Anshuman Jha has bagged the Best Actor award from HBO-backed South Asian International Film Festival for his portrayal of an animal rights vigilante in the film Lakadbaggha, which made its international premiere at the film festival in New York on December 28.
Directed by Victor Mukherjee, Lakadbaggha follows the story of an animal rights activist-turned-vigilante Arjun Bakshi’s (Anshuman) who wages war against an illegal animal trade racket in Kolkata. Also starring Milind Soman as Arjun’s father and Ridhi Dogra in an important role, the film released in theatres across India on January 13.
“I am very grateful to HBO and the entire team of the South Asian International Film Festival, New York, for considering Lakadbaggha worthy of an opening film and recognising my character Arjun Bakshi worthy of the Best Actor award. I dedicate this award to Irrfan (Khan) Sir since it was announced after his birthday,” said Anshuman.
“Congratulations to Sayani for winning the best female actor too. And apologies for this late reaction as I missed their official mail because I have been so busy promoting Lakadbaggha. This now inspires me to train doubly hard for Lakadbaggha-Chapter 2. Yes, we will start filming the sequel in September 2023,” he added.