SS Rajamouli’s magnum opus Baahubali was declared the Best Film at 63rd National Film Awards announced on Monday (March 28). Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan won the Best Actor award for his role in ‘Piku’ while actress Kangana Ranaut won Best Actress for her role in ‘Tanu Weds Manu Returns.”
Kangana Ranaut, 28, won the award for her role in romantic comedy drama “Tanu Weds Manu Returns” for her endearing dual turn as Tanu, a troublesome wife and Haryanvi sportsperson Datto.
The actress called it the “best birthday gift” especially since she gets to honour with Bachchan. “It is the best birthday gift I could have got. I am thrilled and feel blessed especially since Mr Bachchan is the best actor with me,” Ranaut said in a statement.
This is the third trophy for Ranaut at the National Awards, having won best actress for “Queen” last year and earlier for best supporting actress for 2008 film “Fashion”.
Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali has won Best Director for his magrnum opus ‘Bajirao Mastani.’
“This is my first National award as a director, it is really very special to me. My mother always prayed that I should get one and here I get it. Her prayers are answered,” Bhansali said. (Read: National award 2016 winners Kangana Ranaut, Bhansali, Kabir Khan in celebratory mode)
The director said his mother screamed with happiness when she got to know about his win.
This is Amitabh Bachchan’s fourth national award. The actor first won a national award for best actor for Agneepath in 1990. His next two national award wins happened in 2005 and 2009 for Black and Paa respectively.
The National Award of Tanu Weds Manu Returns is Kangana Ranaut’s 3rd National Film Award and second as Best Actress. She has earlier won Best Supporting Actress National Award for her role in Fashion (2008), next she won Best Actress for her role in Queen.
Salman Khan’s ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ was named Best Popular Film at the 63rd National Film Awards.\
“Thank you everybody for all your love. We are really happy that ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ got the National Award for Best Popular Film,” director Kabir Khan tweeted.
Ayushmann Khurranna and Bhumi Pednekar’s Dum Laga Ke Haisha won the Best Hindi Film at the 63rd National Film Awards.
Best Malayalam Film Pathemari, Artistically narrated saga of 2 generations of Malayali workers who migrated to gulf for livelihood.
Last year’s much appreciated “Masaan” had to contend itself with just a Best Debut director award for Neeraj Ghaywan.
Best adapted screenplay honour went to Vishal Bhardwaj for real-life inspired crime drama ‘Talvar’, while the Best Original Screenplay and dialogue was shared between Juhi Chaturvedi (Piku) and Himanshu Sharma (Tanu Weds Manu Returns)
Singer Monali Thakur won Best singer for her song Moh Moh Ke Dhage, Dum Laga Ke Haisha. While Best Cinematography was won by Sudeep Chaterjee for Bajirao Mastani.
Remo D’Souza won Best Choreographer for his song Deewani Mastani from Bajirao Mastani.
Best Screenplay – Dialogues: Juhi Chaturvedi (Piku) and Himanshu Sharma (Tanu Weds Manu Returns)
Bajirao Mastani has won three National Awards this year.
Actress Kalki Koechlin’s stint as a girl affected with cerebral palsy in Shonali Bose’s “Margarita with a Straw” got a special jury mention.
“Bajirao Mastani” also earned Tanvi Azmi the best supporting actress honour for her portrayal of a shrewd mother, while Remo D’Souza got his first National Award for choreographing two chart topping numbers “Pinga” and “Deewani Mastani”.
The period drama also won majorly in technical categories like cinematography, production design, re-recordist and sound design, thereby becoming the biggest gainer at the ceremony with six trophies.
Tamil star Samuthirakani bagged the best supporting actor award for his role in thriller, “Visaranai”, based on M Chandrakumar’s novel “Lock Up”. The movie also won the best Tamil film and best editing awards.
Whereas, Mahesh Kale took home the best playback singer (male) award for crooning in Marathi film “Katyar Kaljat Ghusali”.
“Baahubali”, which won best feature film honour, also scored the best special effects award for CGI-laden screenplay.
Harinder Singh Sikka’s production “Nanak Shah Fakir”, based on the life and teachings of the first Sikh guru, Guru Nanak Dev, won the Nargis Dutt Award for best feature film on national integration, besides best costume design and make-up.
“Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal”, a dramatically disturbing exposition of the ill effects of pesticides in North Kerala, bagged the best film on environmental conservation/[preservation.
Story of a child prodigy “Duronto” won best children’s film, while actor Gaurav Menon took home the best child artist award for his performance in “Ben”.
“Nirnayakam” was named the best film on social issues.
Meghna Gulzar’s “Talvar” also bagged the best location sound recordist honour. The best song award went to “Kaathirun Nu Kaathirunnu” from “Ennu Ninte Moideen”, while ace composer Ilaiyaraaja won the best background score honour for “Thaarai Thappattai”.
Bhaskar Hazarika’s “Kothanodi” won the best Assamese film award, while veteran filmmaker Gautam Ghose’s evocative story “Shankhachil” took home the trophy for the best Bengali movie.
(With PTI Inputs)