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64th National Film Awards: Akshay Kumar wins best actor for Rustom, best Hindi film is Neerja

Sonam Kapoor-starrer "Neerja" has been chosen as the Best Hindi film at the 64th National Film Awards, announced here on Friday.Sonam has received a special mention for her "convincing performance of a real life icon".The movie is based on airhostess Neerja Bhanot, who displayed utmost courage to deal with armed terrorists and sacrificed her life to save others.

The braveheart gave up her life two days before she would have turned 23, to save a large group of American children during a hijack of a Pan-Am flight by terrorists at the Karachi International Airport in Pakistan on September 5, 1986.An inspirational tale, the film, directed by Ram Madhvani, was appreciated for its performances by Sonam and Shabana Azmi, who played her mother on screen.In the Best Special Effects category, Ajay Devgn's "Shivaay" took away the accolades.


Akshay Kumar, Zaira Wasim win at 64th National Film Awards

Akshay Kumar was chosen as Best Actor for "Rustom" and Surabhi C.M. was named Best Actress for Malayalam movie "Minnaminungu - The Firefly" at the 64th National Film Awards, announced here on Friday.

Akshay's performance in crime thriller "Rustom" -- a film loosely based on the commander K.M. Nanavati case -- has been lauded for "a perfect portrayal of a character caught in personal and social turmoil".

Surabhi has been honoured for showcasing her brilliance in portraying pain and ecstasy of a mother in a deplorable social condition in the Malayalam film.

In the Best Supporting Actor category, veteran actor Manoj Joshi has won for Marathi film "Dashakriya", and among the actresses, Kashmiri talent Zaira Wasim's "portrayal of a female sportsperson's battle with the society with utmost maturity" in "Dangal" has been awarded by the jury.Zaira had played young Geeta Phogat in "Dangal".The 64th National Film Awards jury was chaired by veteran filmmaker Priyadarshan.



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

Best Actor of the year conferred on 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 including agriculture conferred to 'The Tiger who crossed the line'

Best Hindi Feature Film is Neerja, directed by Ram Madhvani

Best Marathi film conferred to Dashakriya

Best Kannada Film conferred to Reservation

Best Bengali Film conferred to Bisarjan

Award for Best children film goes to Dhanak,

Special Mention Award The Eyes of Darkness

Best VFX award goes to Ajay Devgn's Shivaay

Indira Gandhi Award for debut director is Khalifa (Bengali)

Best action director and stunt choreographer is Peter Haines for Pulimurugan

Best editing and sound mixing award has been won by 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 24

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