Indian screen stars dazzled at the 68th National Film Awards – as Tamil title Soorarai Pottru (Hail to the brave) was crowned best film.
The film is inspired by the story of GR Gopinath, the man who founded Simplifly Deccan, India’s first low-cost airline.
Released on Amazon Prime Video in November 2020, the film stars Suriya, Aparna Balamurali and Paresh Rawal.
Suriya won Best Actor at the annual awards show, sharing it with Bollywood star Ajay Devgn for his role in a period drama. Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior.
Aparna Balamurali picked Best Actress for her role in the same movie. Soorarai Pottru also won Best Background Music and Best Screenplay.
It was a big night for South Indian cinema with Madonna Ashwin winning the Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film by a Director for her political satire Mandela, which is streaming on Netflix. And Sivaranjiniyum Innum Sila Pengalum won three accolades, including Best Feature Film in Tamil.
Kerala tribal woman Nanchamma was also on the honor list. The 62-year-old folksinger won the national award for India’s best female singer for her work on Ayyappanum Koshiyum.
Established in 1954, the prestigious film awards are administered by the Film Festivals Authority of the Government of India. This year’s event rewarded films released in 2020, in several categories.
Legendary filmmaker Vipul Shah headed the feature category jury while non-feature films were overseen by Chitrartha Singh. Journalist Anant Vijay chaired the Best Film Writing category.
The Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Anurag Thakur, thanked all the members of the jury and those working in the Indian film industry.
“I would like to congratulate all the members of the jury and all the people whose work was evaluated and I would like to congratulate the winners who will receive the National Film Awards,” said Thakur.
Full list of winners of the 68th Indian National Film Awards:
Best feature film: Soorarai Pottru
Best Director: Sachy for Ayyappanum Koshiyum
Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment: Tanhaji
Best actor: Surya for Soorarai Pottru and Ajay Devgn for Tanhaji
Best Actress: Aparna Balamurali for Soorarai Pottru
Best Supporting Actor: Biju Menon for Ayyappanum Koshiyam
Best Supporting Actress: Lakshmi Priyaa Chandramouli for Sivaranjaniyum Innum Sila Pengallum
Best Screenplay: Soorarai Pottru
Best Screenplay (Dialogue): Madonna Ashwin for mandela
Best Musical Direction (Songs): Thaman S for Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo
Best Musical Direction (Background Music): GV Prakash for Soorarai Pottru
Best Male Playback Singer: Rahul Deshpande for Me Vasantrao
Best Female Playback Singer: Nanchamma for Ayyappanum Koshiyam
Best lyrics: Manoj Muntashir for Saina
Best audiography (outdoor sound recording): Jobin Jayan for Dollu
Best Audiography (Sound Designer): Anmol Bhave for Me Vasantrao
Best Audiography (re-recording of the final mixed track): Vishnu Govind and Sree Sankar for Malik
Best choreography: Sandhya Raju for Natyam
Best Cinematography: Supratim Bhol for Avijatrik
Best Costume Design: Nachiket Barve and Mahesh Sherla for Tanhaji
Best Production Design: Anees Nadodi for Kapella
Best editing: Sreekar Prasad for Sivaranjiniyum Innum Sila Pengalum
Best Makeup: TV Rambabu for Natyam
Best stunt choreography: Rajasekhar, Mafia Sasi and Supreme Sunder for Ayyappanum Koshiyum
Best films in each language:
Best Hindi Film: Junior Tools
Best Kannada film: Dollu
Best Malayalam Film: Thinkalazhcha Nishchayam
Best Tamil Film: Sivaranjiniyum Innum Sila Pengalum
Best Telugu Film: Color pictures
Best Haryanvi Movie: Dada Lakhmi
Best Dimasa Film: Semkhor
Best Tulu Film: Jeetige
Best Marathi Film: Goshta Eka Paithanichi
Best Bengali Film: Avijatrik
Best Assamese Film: The bridge
Updated: July 23, 2022, 12:58 p.m.