Marathi film Kaasav bagged the best feature film award while Fireflies in the Abyss won the same award in the non-feature film category when the awards were announced on Friday.
Akshay Kumar was named the best actor for Rustom, which was based on the sensational Nanavati case. This is Kumar’s first National Award. Malayali star Surabhi Lakshmi won the best actress award for Minaminungu. Sonam Kapoor-starrer Neerja bagged the National Award for the best Hindi film in the feature film category. Some of other films that bagged awards were Reservation (Kannada), Dashakriya (Marathi), Joker (Tamil) and Bisarjan (Bengali).
As many as 344 films from 26 languages vied for the 64th National Awards this year. Filmmaker Priyadarshan was the chairperson of the jury in the feature films category while cinematographer and writer Raju Misra held the same position in the non-feature category. “It’s definitely an honour and a huge responsibility. I have close to 36 years of experience and have done 91 films, so I am hoping to put that to good use,” Priyadarshan had said before making the announcements at the National Media Centre in New Delhi. The award distribution ceremony will be held on May 3.
Zaira Wasim won the Best Supporting Actress award for Dangal. The jury members made a special mention for Sonam Kapoor for her performance in Neerja. Lata Surgatha won the award for books on cinema, from among 33 entries. It narrates the story of legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar.
Uttar Pradesh was declared the most film-friendly state in India. The jury members also made a special mention of Jharkhand.
Here’s a complete list of the winners:
Best Actor: Akshay Kumar (Rustom)
Best Actress: Surabhi Lakshmi (Minnaminungu)
Best Director: Rajesh Mapuskar (Ventilator)
Best Film on Social Issues: Pink
Best Supporting Actor: Manoj Joshi (Dashkriya)
Best Supporting Actress: Zaira Wasim (Dangal)
Best Debut Film of a Director: Deep Chaudari (Alifa)
Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment: Sathamanam Bhavathi
Best Stunt Choreography: Peter Hein (Pulimurugan)
Best Children’s Film: Dhanak
Best Child Artist: Adhish Praveen (Kunju Daivam), Saj (Noor Islam), Manohara (Railway Children)
Best Male Playback Singer: Sundara Iyer (Joker)
Best Female Playback Singer: Iman Chakraborty (Praktan)
Best Screenplay (original): Syam Pushkaran (Maheshinte Prathikaaram)
Best Screenplay (adapted): Sanjay Krishnaji Patel (Dashakriya)
Best Editing: Rameshwar S Bhagat (Ventilator)
Best Special Effects: Shivaay
Sound Designer: Jayadevan (Kaadu Pookkunna Neram)
Best Production Design: 24
Best Costume Designer: Sachin (Cycle)
Best Environmental film including agriculture: The Tiger Who Crossed The Line
Best Make-up Artist: MK Ramakrishna
Best Music Direction: Babu Padmanabha (Allama)
Best Feature Films in Regional Languages
Wrong Side Raju (Gujarati)
Pelli Choopulu (Telugu)
Maheshinte Prathikaaram (Malayalam)
K Sera Sera (Konkani)
Kadvi Hawa (Hindi)
Mukthi Bhavan (Hindi)
Majirathi Keki (Assamese)
Neerja - Sonam Kapoor
Special Jury Award for Mohanlal for Pulimurugan, Janatha Garage and Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol