The 63rd National Film Awards are here and the winners have just been announced! The National Film Awards were established in 1954 and the most prominent film award ceremonies in India. Every year, a national panel appointed by the government selects the winning entry, the award ceremony is held in New Delhi, where the President of India gives out the honours. This is followed by the inauguration of the National Film Festival, where the award-winning films are screened for the public.
Best Film: Baahubali
Best Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali for ‘Bajirao Mastani’
Best Actor: Amitabh Bachchan, Piku: This is Amitabh Bachchan’s fourth national award. The actor first won a national award for best actor for Agneepath in 1990. His other two national award wins happened in 2005 and 2009 for Black and Paa respectively.
Best Actress: Kangana Ranaut, Tanu Weds Manu Returns: This is Kangana’s third trophy at the National Awards, having won best actress for ‘Queen’ last year and earlier for best-supporting actress for 2008 film ‘Fashion’.
Best Supporting Actor: Samuthirakani for Visaaranai
Best Supporting Actress: Tanvi Azmi, Bajirao Mastani
Best Hindi Film: Dum Laga Ke Haisha
Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of a Director: Neeraj Ghaywan, Masaan
Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment: Bajrangi Bhaijaan
Best Choreography: Remo D’Souza, Deewani Mastani song in Bajirao Mastani
Best Female Playback Singer: Monali Thakur, Moh Moh Ke Dhage
Best Cinematography: Sudeep Chatterjee, Bajirao Mastani
Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration: Nanak Shah Fakir Best Screenplay Writer (Original): Juhi Chaturvedi (Piku) and Himanshu Sharma (Tanu Weds Manu Returns)
Best Screenplay – Dialogues: Juhi Chaturvedi (Piku) and Himanshu Sharma (Tanu Weds Manu Returns)
Best Film on Social Issue: Niranayakam
Best Film on Environment Conservation/Preservation: Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal
Best Children’s Film: Duronto