Friday, 25 August 2023 | PNS | New Delhi
Bollywood stars Alia Bhatt and Kriti Sanon shared the best actress prize in the National Awards 2021 for their roles in “Gangubai Kathiawadi” and “Mimi”, respectively. While Hindi film “Rocketry: The Nambi Effect” was named the best feature film, southern cinema sensation Allu Arjun bagged the best actor award for the Telugu blockbuster “Pushpa: The Rise (Part I)”.
The National Film Award for best director went to Nikhil Mahajan for Marathi film “Godavari”. Pankaj Tripathi was named best supporting actor for “Mimi” and Pallavi Joshi the best supporting actress for “The Kashmir Files”.
“The Kashmir Files”, directed by Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri, also won the Nargis Dutt award for best film on national integration. “RRR” won six awards. Tripathi dedicated the award to his father, who passed away recently.
The National Awards for 2021 were announced by filmmaker Ketan Mehta who headed the 11-member jury. The jury received 280 feature films in 28 languages as entries.
Asked about films releasing theatrically in 2022 winning the awards for 2021, Neerja Sekhar, Information and Broadcasting additional secretary, said, “As per the regulations, the eligible films were certified and released from January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021.”
RRR music director MM Keeravani shared the best music direction award with “Pushpa (The Rise Part I)” music director Devi Prasad. The SS Rajamouli-directed film also bagged awards for best popular film providing wholesome entertainment, best male playback singer to Kalabhairava, best special effects, best action director and best choreography.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s lavishly mounted biopic “Gangubai Kathiawadi”, on the powerful and much respected Kamathipura courtesan, won five awards.
Besides best actress for Bhatt, Bhansali won two awards — for best screenplay writer (adapted) along with Utkarshini Vashishtha and best editing for the film. The film’s other awards were for best dialogue writer for Vashishtha and Prakash Kapadia and best make-up artist for Preetisheel Singh D’souza.
Shreya Ghoshal won the best female playback award for her song “Mayava Chaayavaa” for the film “Iravin Ninzhal”. The original screenplay honour went to Malayalam film “Nayattu” and its writer Shahi Kabir.
The Indira Gandhi Award for best debut film of a director went to Malayalam film “Meppadiyan” while the prize for best film on social issues was given to Assamese film “Anunaad-the Resonance”.
Shoojit Sircar’s biopic “Sardar Udham Singh” won the award for best Hindi film as well as honours for best cinematography (re-recording final mixing), best production design and costume design. Agnihotri, who is in the US, said he dedicated his award to victims of terrorism, especially Kashmiri Hindus.
In his Instagram stories, actor-director R Madhavan dedicated the award for “Rocketry…” to his parents and Nambi Narayan, a former ISRO scientist whose life story inspired the film.
Sanon said it was a big moment for her to be recognised by the National Film Award jury.
Malayalam film “Aavasavyuham” won the award for best film on environment conservation/preservation.
Shoojit Sircar’s biopic “Sardar Udham Singh” won the award for best Hindi film as well as honours for best cinematography (re-recording final mixing), best production design and costume design.
Agnihotri, who is in the US, said he dedicates his award to victims of terrorism, especially Kashmiri Hindus.
Best director winner Mahajan said winning a national award for the film was “a surreal feeling” as “Godavari” is closest to his heart.
Gujarati film “Gandhi & Co.” was named the best children film and Bhavin Rabari the best child actor for his role in “Chhello Show”, which also won the award for best Gujarati film.
Malayalam film “Chavittu” was recognised for best production sound recordist and Bengali film “Jhilli” for sound design. Lyricist Chandrabose’s song “Dham Dham Dham” from Telugu film “Konda Polam” won best lyrics award.