Actor Priyanka Chopra‘s Marathi production Paani has won the National Film Award for Best Film in the Environment Conservation category, and the actor-producer has congratulated the film’s director, Adinath Kothare, as well as its production team.

“Although Adinath was making his directorial debut with this film, I knew he would be a force to reckon with. And now here we are with a National Award for our labour of love. I couldn’t be more proud of Adinath and his creative team and my team at Purple Pebble Pictures (PPP). My sincere gratitude to the jury for recognising our hard work and awarding ‘Paani’ with the ‘Best Feature Film on Environment Conservation award. When we started PPP, it was with the intent of producing stories of substance. We wanted to tell local stories that, along with entertaining people, also had a purpose and tackled the pressing issues we face today. ‘Paani’ was one such film — one that I knew instantly that I wanted to make,” said Priyanka.

 
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I’m so proud to have produced a special film like #Paani. Congratulations to the entire team at @purplepebblepictures @madhumalati @siddharthchopra89 for our second National Award. Big congratulations to @adinathkothare and the entire creative team for bringing this challenging and relevant film to its fruition. My sincere gratitude to the jury for recognising our hard work and awarding #Paani with the ‘Best Feature Film on Environment Conservation’. It has given us further impetus to continue on the path of telling the stories we strongly believe in. #Paani was our humble attempt at using entertainment to bring focus to the seriousness of the water crisis, which is of grave concern the world over. We are so honoured that the film had an impact and that our efforts have been recognised.

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Earlier, Priyanka’s Marathi production Ventilator won three National awards in 2016.

While the National award-winning actor wishes to continue telling more stories of human interest, she believes that such awards boost the confidence of storytellers.

“It has given us further impetus to continue on the path of telling the stories that combine entertainment with socially relevant issues. We are honoured that the film had an impact and that our efforts have been recognized,” Priyanka added.