President Pranab Mukherjee felicitated the recipients of the 64th National Film Awards in New Delhi on Wednesday. Information and Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu and MoS Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore were also present on the occasion.
Among those honoured include Akshay Kumar, who won the Best Actor award for Rustom, and Malayalam actor Surabhi Lakshmi, who has been named as the best actress for her role in film Minnaminungu-The Firefly. Veteran filmmaker K Viswanath was honoured with Dadasaheb Phalke Award. Taking to Twitter earlier, Akshay Kumar shared a video where he said, “I will get my first National Award today. I can’t express my feelings.” He also spoke about how his parents support made him forge ahead despite academic failures.
Sonam Kapoor, Akshay Kumar, Surabhi Jyoti and Adil Hussain sat together, in the row assigned for the winners, while their family members including Twinkle Khanna and Anil Kapoor cheered from back rows.
Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar came over to announce the winner of the Most Film Friendly State – Uttar Pradesh. The ceremony began with awards in Best Writing on Cinema followed by Non-Feature Film category.
Chairperson of Jury and filmmaker Priyadarshan came on stage and spoke on how difficult it was for him to pick the best in cinema. He said the final verdict is always subjective, but the decision of the jury needs to be accepted by all. “Film is an entertainment of common man,” he said.
The ceremony resumed with the category of Special Mention in Feature Film category. Adil Hussain came to collect his honour for two films – Mukti Bhawan (Hindi) and Maj Rati Keteki (Assamese).
Sonam Kapoor received a Special Mention from the jury for playing Neerja Bhanot in the film Neerja. While she was chirpy and exuberant on stage, her father and actor Anil Kapoor couldn’t gush any less. He stood up and kept clicking pictures of his daughter. Also seen with him was Sonam’s rumoured boyfriend Anand Ahuja, who also accompanied her to the ceremony.
Check out some pictures of Sonam Kapoor receiving her honour.
Akshay Kumar received his first National Award for the film Rustom. He was all smiles, yet poised, as he came over to collect his award. While the loudest applause was given to him from the audience, even the shutterbugs couldn’t hold on the continues clicks.
Soon after the ceremony, Akshay took to Twitter to thank . He wrote, “No words can do justice to the joy I feel at this moment…sharing with you all my first ever #NationalFilmAward!Thank you for the love 🙏🏻”
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) May 3, 2017
Neerja director Atul Kasbekar came to pick the award for Best Hindi film. Malayalam star Mohanlal received a Special Jury award for Janatha Garage, Pulimurugan and Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol.
Marathi film Kasav was adjudged the Best Feature Film award while Pink, starring Amitabh Bachchan, won Best Film On Social Issues. Sonam Kapoor-starrer Neerja emerged as the Best Hindi Film Award.
Akshay Kumar tweeted an adorable picture along with his wife Twinkle Khanna and son Aarav, before reaching the venue.
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) May 3, 2017
Actor Anil Kapoor shared a pic on Instagram prior to the event. He captioned it as, “Dressed up & all set to accompany @sonamkapoor tonight for the #NationalAwards in Delhi! It’s a happy day!”
Dangal’s young star Zaira Wasim, who portrayed Geeta Phogat, won Best Supporting CTRESS Award. Malayalam star Mohanlal won the Special Jury award for Janatha Garage, Pulimurugan and Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol. Priyanka Chopra’s first film as a producer, Marathi film Ventilator, won three National Awards. The awards were announced last month by a jury headed by Malayalam filmmaker Priyadarshan.
Check out some pictures from the event.
Here is the complete list of winners of 64th National Awards:
Best Feature Film: Kasaav (Marathi)
Best Direction: Rajesh Mapuskar for Ventilator (Marathi)
Best Actor: Akshay Kumar for Rustom (Hindi)
Best Actress: Surabhi C.M for Minnaminungu – the Firefly (Malayalam)
Best Supporting Actor: Manoj Joshi for Dashakriya (Marathi)
Best Supporting Actress: Zaira Wasim for Dangal (Hindi)
Best Child Artist: Adish Praveen for Kunju Daivam (Malayalam), Nur Islam and Samiul Alam for Sahaj Pather Gappo (Bengali), Manohara. K for Railway Children (Kannada)
Best Male Playback Singer: Sundharayyar for song Jasmie E from film Joker (Tamil)
Best Female Playback Singer: Iman Chakraborty for song Tumi Jaake Bhalo Basho from film Praktan (Bengali)
Best Cinematography: S. Thirunavukarasu for 24 (Tamil)
Screenplay writer (original): Syam Pushkaran for Maheshinte Prathikooram (Malayalam)
Screenplay Writer (Adapted): Sanjay Krishnaji Patil for Dashakriya (Marathi)
Dialogues: Tarun Bhascker for Peli Chuplu (Telugu)
Sound Designer: Jayadevan Chakka Dath for Kaadu Pookkunna Neram (Malayalam)
Re-recordist of the final mixed track: Alok De for Ventilator (Marathi)
Best Editing: Rameshwar for Ventilator (Marathi)
Best Production Design: Subrata Chakraborthy, Shreyas Khedekar and Amit Ray for 24 (Tamil)
Best Costume Designer: Sachin Lovalekar for Cycle (Marathi)
Best Make-up Artist: NK Ramakrishna for Allama (Kannada)
Best Music Direction (Songs /Background Score): Bapu Padmanabha for Allama (Kannada)
Best Lyrics: Vairamuthu for song Entha Pakkam from film Dharma Durai (Tamil), Anupam Roy for Tumi Jaake Bhalo Basho from Praktan(Bengali)
Special Jury Award: Mohan Lal
Best Choreography: Raju Sundaram for Janatha Garrage(Telugu)
Best Special Effect: Naveen Paul for Shivaay (Hindi)
Sonam Kapoor for Neerja (Hindi)
Adil Hussain for Mukti Bhawan (Hindi) and Maj Rati Keteki (Assamese) Producer Red Carper Moving Pictures and director Shubhashish
Bhutiani for Mukti Bhawan (Hindi) Producer Eleeanora Images Private Ltd and director Nila
Madhab Panda for Kadvi Hawa (Hindi)
Best Feature Film in each of the language specified in the Schedule VIII of the Constitution
Best Assamese Film: Maj Rati Keteki
Best Bengali Film: Bisorjon
Best Hindi Film: Neerja
Best Kannada Film: Reservation
Best Konkani Film: K Sera Sera –Ghodpachen Ghoddtelem
Best Malayalam Film: Maheshinte Prathikaaram
Best Marathi Film: Dashakriya
Best Telugu Film: Peli Chuplu
Best Gujarati Film: Wrong Side Raju
Best Tamil Film: Joker
Best Feature Film in each of the languages other than those specified in Schedule VIII of the Constitution
Best Moran Film: Haanduk
Best Tulu Film: Madipu
Best Non Feature Film: Fireflies In The Abyss
Best Debut Film of a Director: Soz…A Ballad of Maladies by Tushar Madhav
Best Biographical/ Historical Reconstruction: Zikr Us
Parivashka: Begum Akhtar
Best Arts/Cultural Film: In The Shadow of Time and The Lord of The Universe
Best Environment Film including Agriculture: The Tiger Who Crossed The Line
Best Film on Social Issues: I Am Jeeja and Sanath
Best Educational Film: The Waterfall
Best Exploration/Adventure Film: Matitle Kusti
Best Investigative Film: Placebo
Best Animation Film: Hum Chitra Banate Hain
Special Jury Award: The Cinema Travellers
Best Short Fiction Film: Aaba
Best Film on Family Values: Little Magician
Best Direction: Aaba Aiktaay Naa?
Best Cinematography: Kalpvriksha” and Adnyat
Best Audiography: In Return Just A Book
Best Editing: Gudh
Best Music: Leeches
Best Narration/Voice Over: Makino
Director Amitabh Parashar for The Eyes of Darkness
Director Ramen Borah and Sibanu Borah for Sikar Aru Sitkar
Director Soumya Sadanandan for Chembai-Descoperire A Mea Unei Legend
BEST WRITING ON CINEMA
Best Book on Cinema: Lata : Sur Gatha by Yatindra Mishra
Best Film Critic: G. Dhananjayan
Most Film Friendly State Award: State of Uttar Pradesh
Special Mention: State of Jharkhand
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