Delhi: The Bollywood stars dashed the 63rd National Film Awards ceremony held on Tuesday. Amitabh Bachchan & Kangana Ranaut won the Best Actor and Best Actress awards respectively. Pranab Mukherjee, the honorable President of India presented these awards at Vigyan Bhawan, where the talent from all regional cinematic worlds throughout India was present under one roof.
A total of 72 National awards were presented in the ceremony. 21 awards were given by the Indian President in non-feature film category while 51 awards were given in Feature Film category. 3 more awards were given to Best Writing on Cinema.
Amitabh was dressed in black suit and received his award for the movie ‘Piku’ while Kangana was looking dazzling hot in an off-shoulder gown. She received the award for Best Actress for the movie ‘Tanu weds Manu Returns’. She had also won national awards twice for the movies ‘Queen’ and ‘Fashion’. The award for best film was given ‘Baahubali’ in Feature Film category.
The President said, “Indian movies truly reflected the Indian character of diversity and unity”. He even complimented the award winners who are new to the industry.
Bajirao Mastani wins big
The tragic romance saga of Peshwa Bajirao 1, the Maratha warrior depicted in the ‘Bajirao Mastani’ was loved by the audience throughout the country and this is the reason why it made big at National Awards event. Sanjay Leela Bhansali got an award for ‘Best Director’ while Remo D’Souza was awarded as ‘Best Choreographer’. Saloni Dhatrak, Sujeet Sawant and Shriram Iyengar were awarded for ‘Movie Production Design’. Justin Ghose and Biswadeep Chatterjee were also awarded for ‘Audiography’.
Masaan and Bajrangi Bhaijaan Honored
Neeraj Ghywan for the direction of ‘Masaan’ received Indira Gandhi Award for the ‘Best Debut Film’ as a director. Salman Khan Starrer ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ won the ‘Best Popular Film Award’ for providing wholesome entertainment.
Other Winners: Talvar, Dum Laga Ke Haisha, Piku
Monali Thakur won the award for ‘Best Female Playback Singer’ for her song ‘Moh Moh Ke Dhaage’ in the movie ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’. Mahesh Kale won the award for ‘Best Playback Singer’ in male category for the movie ‘Katyar Kaljat Ghusli’.
Vishal Bhardwaj was awarded ‘Best Screenplay Writer Award’ (adapted) for the movie ‘Talvar’ and Himanshu Kumar (Tanu weds Manu Returns) & Juhi Chaturvedi (Piku) shared ‘Best Screenplay Writer award’ (original).
The President spoke about the importance of film industry and appreciated Amitabh, the legendary star. He was cheered by his family while receiving the award from the President. Before this, Amitabh had won this award thrice.
Kalki Koechlin & Manoj Kumar was also awarded for the special contribution they have given to cinema. Kalki won ‘Special jury award’ for ‘Margarita with a Straw’ and Manoj Kumar was given ‘Dadasahen Phalke Award’ in the event.
Few more awards that were awarded in this event are:
- Best Film: Baahubali
- Best Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali (Bajirao Mastani)
- Best Actor: Amitabh Bachchan (Piku)
- Best Actress: Kangana Ranaut (Tanu Weds Manu Returns)
- Best Hindi Film: Dum Laga Ke Haisha
- Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film Of A Director: Neeraj Ghaywan (Masaan)
- Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment: Bajrangi Bhaijaan
- Best Choreography: Remo D’Souza (Deewani Mastani song in Bajirao Mastani)
- Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration: Nanak Shah Fakir
- Best Malayalam Film: Pathemari
- Best Film on Social Issue: Niranayakam
- Best Film on Environment Conservation/Preservation: Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal
- Best Children’s Film: Duronto
- Best Tamil Film: Visaaranai
- Best Telugu Film: Kanche
- Best Sanskrit Film: Priyamanasam
- Best Kannada Film: Thithi
- Best Punjabi Film: Chauthi Koot
- Best Konkani Film: Enemy
- Best Assamese Film: Kothanodi
- Best Haryanvi Film: Satrangi
- Best Khasi Film: Onaatah
- Best Manipuri Film: Eibusu Yaohanbiyu
- Best Mizo Film: Kima’s Lode Beyond the Class
- Best Odia Film: Pahada Ra Luha
- Special Mention: Ritika Singh for the film Irudhi Suttru