Akshay Kumar wins best actor for Rustom, best Hindi film is Neerja

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Akshay Kumar won his first National Film Award for his role in Rustom, a courtroom drama inspired by the 1959 Nanavati case, while Sonam Kapoor’s Neerja won the Best Hindi Film at the 64th National Film Awards announced on Friday.

The Best Film award went to Marathi film Kasaav and Rajesh Mapuskar will be honoured as the Best Director for his Marathi film Ventilator. The film was produced by Priyanka Chopra. Akshay played the role a patriotic naval officer in the movie, who ends up in jail after killing the lover of his wife. The movie was directed by Tinu Suresh Desai. The jury, headed by filmmaker Priyadarshan, chose Amitabh Bachchan-starrer Pink, a female-centric courtroom drama, as the best film on social issues. Surabhi C M was named as the best actress for her role in Malayalam film Minnaminungu-The Firefly. Along with Neerja winning, Sonam also got a special mention from the jury. The movie is based on airhostess Neerja Bhanot, who displayed utmost courage to deal with armed terrorists and sacrificed her life to save others. Adil Hussain for Mukti Bhawan and Kadvi Hawa also got special mentions. Best Kannada film was won by Reservation while Best Marathi Film award went to Dashakriya. Best Gujarati Film goes to Wrong Side Raju and Best Tamil Film Goes went to Joker by Raju Murugan.

Here is the complete list of 64th National Film Award winners

Best Actor is Akshay Kumar for film Rustom
Best Actress is Surabhi CM for Minnaminunge
Best Film is Kasav
Best Director is Rajesh Mapuskar for Ventilator
Best Film on Social Issues is Pink
Best Supporting Actor is Manoj Joshi for Dashkriya
Best Supporting Actress is Zaira Wasim for Dangal
Best Environmental Film is ‘The Tiger who crossed the line’
Best Hindi Feature Film is Neerja, directed by Ram Madhvani
Best Marathi Film is Dashakriya
Best Kannada Film is Reservation
Best Bengali Film is Bisarjan
Best Children Film is Dhanak
Special Mention Award for The Eyes of Darkness
Best VFX to Ajay Devgn’s Shivaay
Indira Gandhi Award for debut director for Khalifa (Bengali)
Best Action Director and Stunt Choreographer to Peter Haines for Pulimurugan
Best Editing and Sound Mixing Award for Priyanka Chopra’s Ventilator
Best Female Playback Singer is Tumi Jake Bhalobaso by Iman Chakraborty
Best Animation Award goes to Mahayoddha Rama
Best Production Design has been won by Tamil film 24Nargis Dutt Award for best Feature film award on national integration went to Dikchow Banat Palaax, (Assamese film)
Best Popular film providing wholesome entertainment: Sathmanam Bhavathi

Best book on cinema was won by Lata Surgatha — a book that narrates the story of legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar. G Dhananjayan was selected as the Best Movie Critic. Uttar Pradesh was announced as the Most Film Friendly state by the jury. Special mention to the state of Jharkhand on jury’s recommendation.

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The 64th National Awards jury is headed by Priyadarshan. The director whose film Kanchivaram had won the National Award in 2007 had said earlier, “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.” In 1996, his Kaalapani had fetched Kerala three National Awards.The director had previously chaired the jury for the 2011 International Film Festival of Kerala. Over 300 films vied for the top spot this year. The process to choose the best from Indian cinema began on March 16 and culminated with the announcement today. Earlier, Minister for Information and Broadcasting M. Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday said that National Film Awards provided a platform to showcase the composite and rich culture of India through the medium of cinema.