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National Film Awards 2019 announcement: Highlights

National Film Awards 2019 winners: The announcement of the 66th National Film Awards were held in New Delhi.

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The date of National Film Awards 2019 presentation is yet to be decided.

The announcement of the 66th National Film Awards were held at Shastri Bhawan in New Delhi. Earlier today, the jury members submitted their report to Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar with their final recommendations in various categories.

Director Rahul Rawail presented the list along with other jury members.

Every year, the awards are announced in April and the ceremony is held on May 3. But this year, the awards were postponed in the wake of the general elections.

Prakash Javadekar told PTI, “They made a lot of efforts for the last two months. I am very sure that they would have picked the best films, the best directors. They will announce that at the press conference today. This is 66th year of film awards and they have become a prestigious institute.”

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Aijaz Khan on National Film Awards for Hamid

"I am overwhelmed. I am at a loss for words. This win means a lot to me. I had difficulties to get it released. I can't describe my feeling. It's sad though that I can't reach Talha or his family (because he lives in Kashmir)," Hamid director Aijaz Khan told indianexpress.com.

Surekha Sikri on National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress

"I am very happy that a role like this was written. I am really happy for the film and I wish all of us from the team could win awards. Special thanks to the writers and Amit for directing us the way he did. I feel doing this was so worth it. The film deserves a lot more as it is so beautiful, real and entertaining," Surekha Sikri told indianexpess.com.

Neena Gupta on National Film Awards for Badhaai Ho

"I have been super proud of the film from day one. I am so happy for the award. It deserved to win the best film because according to me it is. I feel very happy for Amit and all of us. I would like to congratulate Surekhaji on winning the Best Supporting Actress award. It really is amazing," Neena Gupta told indianexpess.com.

Amit Sharma on National Film Awards for Badhaai Ho 

"I am speechless I had no idea about awards and business when I was making this film. The response that I got for this film was overwhelming. National Film Award is a prestigious award and it really means a lot for everyone. It was such a simple subject and story. We have made this with utmost honesty," Badhaai Ho director Amit Sharma told indianexpress.com

Swanand Kirkire on National Film Awards for Chumbak and Padman

"This has to be one of the best days of my life that two of my films won National Film Awards. For Chumbak, this has come as the biggest surprise. I don't know what to say because acting was something I never thought I would do. I don't know how to respond. This is overwhelming," Swanand Kirkire told indianexpress.com.

R Balki on National Film Award for Padman

"This is so overwhelming. To do a film on such a subject for mainstream Bollywood is unheard off. Pad Man will always remain close to my heart and this feels special," R Balki told indianexpress.com.

Tabu on National Film Awards for Andhadhun

"It’s one of the happiest moments of my life and career. Proud to be part of Andhadhun," Tabu told indianexpress.com.

Ayushmann Khurrana on winning National Film Award for Best Actor

In a statement, Ayushmann Khurrana said, "It’s truly humbling and hugely gratifying to win the coveted National Award. As an artiste, I have always tried to back disruptive content that stands out for its quality content. Today’s honour is a validation of my hard work, belief system, the journey in movies and my reason to be an actor in the first place. Over and above my personal win, I am thrilled that both the films that I have done - Andhadhun and Badhaai Ho have won at the prestigious National Awards. It again validates that people of our country want to see cinema that entertains and can be cherished. Andhadhun is a path-breaking film and Sriram Raghavan deserves all the accolades for creating a new genre of cinema for Indian audiences to enjoy. I have been truly fortunate to be a part of Sriram Raghvan’s vision and congratulate my director for his genius. As an artiste, Andhadhun challenged me and I strongly feel it made me a better actor. With Badhaai Ho again, I took up a taboo topic because I believed that people would be ok to see this kind of cinema. I am glad that a subject like Badhaai Ho also won big today and I congratulate my director Amit Sharma for his breakthrough script that became a talking point in every household. It was a pleasure to collaborate with a forward-thinking creative mind like him and again disrupt the stereotyped notions of what Hindi cinema should be. I will continue on this journey to discover and back cinema that truly stands apart and brings people back into the theaters."

Other big winners

Best Educational Film award (Non-Feature Film Category) - Sarala Virala

Best Film on Sports award (Non-Feature Film category) - Swimming through the Darkness

Best Investigative Film award (Non-Feature Film Category) - Amoli

Best Konkani Film - Amori

Best Bengali Film - Ek Je Chhilo Raja

Best Best Sherdukpan Film - Mishing

Best Pangchenpa Film - In The Land of Poison Women

Best Environment Film - Subbiah Nallamuthu's The World's Most Famous Tiger

Best Promotional Film - Avinash Maurya and Kriti Gupta's Rediscovering Jalam

Best Science & Technology Film (Non-Feature Category) - G.D Naidu: The Edison of India

Best Arts and Culture Film - Bunkar: The Last of The Varanasi Weavers

Best Debut Non-Feature Film of a Director - Feluda: 50 Years of Ray's Detective

Best Non-Feature Film - Son Rise and The Secret Life of Frogs

Best Film

The Best Film award goes to Gujarati film Hellaro.

Best Director

The Best Director award goes to Uri director Aditya Dhar.

Best Actress

The Best Actress award goes to Mahanati actor Keerthy Suresh.

Best Actor

The Best Actor award goes to Andhadhun actor Ayushmann Khurrana and Uri actor Vicky Kaushal.

Best Debut Film of a Director

The Best Debut Film of a Director award goes to Naal director Sudhakar Reddy Yakkanti.

Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration

The Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration goes to Kannada film Ondalla Eradalla.

Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment

The Best Popular Film providing wholesome entertainment award goes to Badhaai Ho.

Best Film on Social Issues

The Best Film on Social Issues award goes to Padman.

Best Film on Environment Conversation

The Best Film on Environment Conversation award goes to Mararthi film Paani.

Best Supporting Actor

The Best Supporting Actor award goes to Swanand Kirkire for Chumbak.

Best Supporting Actress

The Best Supporting Actress award goes to Surekha Sikri for Badhaai Ho

Best Child Artist

The Best Child Artist award goes to P V Rohith for Ondalla Eradalla (Kannada), Sameep Singh for Harjeeta (Punjabi), Talha Arshad Reshi for Hamid (Urdu) and Shrinivas Pokale for Naal (Marathi).

Best Male Playback Singer

The Best Male Playback Singer award goes to Arijit Singh for Padmaavat song "Binte Dil".

Best Female Playback Singer

The Best Female Playback Singer award goes to Bindhu Malini for Nathicharami song "Maayavi Manave".

Best Dialogue

The Best Dialogue award goes to Bengali film Tarikh.

Best Adapted Screenplay

The Best Adapted Screenplay award goes to Andhadhun.

Best Original Screenplay

The Best Original Screenplay award goes to Rahul Ravindran for Telugu film Chi La Sow.

Best Sound Designer

The Best Sound Designer award goes to Bishwadeep Chatterjee for Uri: The Surgical Strike. 

Best Editing

The Best Editing award goes to Kannada film Nathicharami.

Best Production Design

The Best Production Design award goes to Malayalam film Kammara Sambhavam.

Best Costume Designer

The Best Costume Designer award goes to Telugu film Mahanati.

Best Makeup Artist

The Best Makeup Artist award goes to Telugu film Awe.

Best Music Director

The Best Music Director award goes to Sanjay Leela Bhansali for Padmaavat.

Best Lyrics

The Best Lyrics award goes to lyricist Mansore for Kannada film Nathicharami song "Maayavi Manave". 

Best Special Effects

The Best Special Effects award goes to Telugu film Awe and Kannada film KGF.

Best Choreography

The Best Choreography award goes to Kruti Mahesh Midya and Jyoti D Tommar for Padmaavat song "Ghoomar".

Best Action

The Best Action award goes to Vikram More and Anbu Ariv for Kannada film KGF.

Best Punjabi Film

The Best Punjabi Film award goes to Harjeeta.

Best Assamese Film

The Best Assamese Film award goes to Bulbul Can Sing.

Best Tamil Film

The Best Tamil Film award goes to Baaram.

Established in 1954, the National Film Awards is considered the most prominent awards in the Indian film industry. Talking about the awards, Shekhar Kapur, who headed the feature film jury last year, had said, "Awards are given not only to highlight the work done by the filmmakers. They are also given so that audiences actually go and watch the films. These films are not just meant to be viewed by film critics.”