Kangana Ranaut won the Best Actress award for her powerful performance in ‘Queen’ at the 62nd National Film Awards where Bollywood movies ‘Haider’ and ‘Mary Kom’ bagged key honours while Chaitanya Tamhane’s ‘Court’ was named the Best Feature Film.
Kangana Ranaut, 28, who celebrated her birthday yesterday, got a belated present by winning her career’s second National award in the movie about a girl who goes on a foreign honeymoon alone after being ditched by her fiance just before marriage.
She had won her first National award, as best supporting actress, for “Fashion” in 2010.
The Vikas Bahl-directed coming-of-age film was also named the best Hindi feature film.
Vijay was declared the best actor for his subtle and non-stereotypical playing of a woman trapped in a man’s body, portraying a gamut of emotions as s/he struggles through confusion, rejection and humiliation to finally chart her own course with confidence and dignity in Kannada film ‘Nanu Avanalla Avalu’ (I am not a he, but she).
‘Court’, which focuses on the flaws in the Indian judicial system, has been winning critical acclaim nationally and
internationally. The award is expected to give a major boost to the movie ahead of its theatrical release on April 17.
Shahid Kapoor-starrer ‘Haider’, a Kashmir-set modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, won five honours. Its
helmer Vishal Bhardwaj was named the best music director but lost out the best director award to Bengali filmmaker Srijit Mukherji (‘Chotushkone’).
Bhardwaj was also named for best dialogues in the movie while Sukhwinder Singh clinched the best male playback singer for the song ‘Bismil’. Its other two wins were in the categories of choreography and costume design.
Priyanka Chopra-led biopic ‘Mary Kom’ was named the best popular film providing wholesome entertainment.
‘Chotushkone’, a film about four directors’ attempt to make four short stories, won two more awards — best
cinematography and screenplay (original).
The complete list:
Best Feature Film: Court (Marathi, Hindi, Gujarati & English)
Best Actor: Vijay for Nanu Avanalla Avalu (Kannada)
Best Supporting Actor: Bobby Simhaa for Jigarthanda (Tamil)
Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of a Director: Asha for Jaoar Majhe
Best Direction: Srijit Mukherji for Chotushkone (Bengali)
Best Supporting Actress: Baljinder Kaur for Pagdi The Honour (Haryanavi)
Best Female Playback Singer: Saivam (Tamil) and Uttara Unnikrishanan (Song: Azhagu)
Best Music Direction Background Score:Nineteen Eighty Three (Malayalam)
Best Assamese Film: Othello
Best Bengali Film: Nirbashito
Best Rabha Film: Orong
Best Haryanvi Film: Pagdi The Honour
Best Punjabi Film: Punjab 1984
Best Tamil Film: Kuttram Kadithal
Best Telugu Film: Chandamama Kathalu
Best Malayalam Film: Ain
Best Marathi Film: Killa
Best Odiya Film: Aadim Vichar
Best Kannada Film: Harivu
Best Konkani Film: Nachom – IA Kumpasar
Special Mention: Killa (Marathi)
Best Film on Environment Consevation/Preservation: Ottaal (Malayalam)
Best Educational Film: Komal & Behind the Glass Wall
Best Exploration/ Adventure Film: Life Force – India’s Western Ghats
Best Investigative Film: Phum Shang
Best Animation Film:Sound of Joy
Best Short Fiction Film: Mitraa
Best Film Critic: Tanul Thakur
The National Awards will be handed out by President Pranab Mukherjee on May 3 in New Delhi.