Vikrant Massey’s portrayal of IPS officer Manoj Kumar Sharma in “12th Fail” garnered significant critical acclaim, leading to his recent win of the Filmfare Award for Best Actor (Critics) for his performance in the film. Taking to his Instagram account, the actor shared a photo with the prestigious black lady and expressed gratitude to the creators for transforming his ‘childhood dream into a reality.’
He also posted a picture with the real-life inspiration, Manoj Kumar Sharma, after receiving the award. Vikrant shared another photo with his Filmfare award, captioned, “We’re home. FINALLY!!! (red heart emoticon) Thank you @vidhuvinodchoprafilms @zeestudiosofficial & @filmfare for turning my childhood dream into a reality.” Additionally, on his Instagram Stories, he shared a picture with IPS officer Manoj Kumar Sharma, captioning it “Asli hero (Real hero)!”
In response to Vikrant’s post, actor-director Konkona Sen Sharma, who directed him in “A Death in the Gunj,” expressed her pride, while Ayushmann Khurrana and Radhika Apte conveyed their congratulations with red heart emoticons. Gulshan Devaiah applauded Vikrant’s boundary-pushing work, and Sonakshi Sinha praised his phenomenal performance in the film.
Simultaneously, IPS officer Manoj Kumar Sharma shared the picture with Vikrant on his X account, emphasizing the mutual admiration between two individuals sharing the same name.
“12th Fail” achieved significant success at the 69th Filmfare Awards, securing wins for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor (Critics), Best Editing, and Best Screenplay.
The film revolves around UPSC aspirants and is based on real-life experiences, portraying the struggles of millions of students attempting the UPSC entrance exam. It chronicles the inspiring journey of Manoj Kumar Sharma, who triumphed over poverty to become an IPS officer. Adapted from a novel by Anurag Pathak, the film depicts the story of a young boy from Chambal with aspirations to join the police force.