Dangal becomes best Asian Film in Australian Awards

Simon Baker paid tribute to his wife Rebecca Rigg while accepting the Trailblazer AACTA Award

Simon Baker paid tribute to his wife Rebecca Rigg while accepting the Trailblazer AACTA Award

The Aamir Khan-starrer is has now won the award for the Best Asian Film at the 7th Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards.

Crowe was the chairperson of the film festival's jury which also included Shabana Azmi as one of the members.

The jury was chaired by actor Russell Crowe.

"Posting a selfie with the Oscar-winning actor, she tweeted, "'Dangal' wins Best Asian ilm at AACTA. Congratulations Team Dangal. With Russel Crowe chairman of the jury. "It was a unanimous decision", she said.

It is inspired by the lives of the Phogat family members, telling the story of Mahavir Singh Phogat, an amateur wrestler, who trains his daughters Geeta and Babita to become India's first world-class female wrestlers.

Zaira Wasim and Suhani Bhatnagar acted in the movie as younger versions of the Phogat sisters with Sakshi Tanwar as their mother.

Besides "Dangal", "Pink" and Marathi film "Kasav: Turtle" were among the nine films which were nominated for the inaugural AACTA Best Asian Film award.

Veteran star Anupam Kher who was also part of the jury wrote: "Happy and proud that @aamir_khan's #Dangal got the #BestAsianFilm award at @AACTA".