Akshay Kumar best actor, Kasaav named best film at National Awards
Neerja, directed by Ram Madhvani, was named the best Hindi film while Amitabh Bachchan-starrer Pink, a female-centric court room drama, won the award for best film on social issues.
Bollywood star Akshay Kumar won the best actor award for his portrayal of a patriotic naval officer in Rustom, while Marathi movie Kasaav about depression was declared the best feature film at the 64th National Film Awards on Friday. The awards, which were spread out in different languages, saw Bollywood movies like Pink, Neerja and Dangal score in key categories. Rustom, a court room drama directed by Tinu Suresh Desai, is loosely based on the 1959 Nanavati murder case. Akshay took to Twitter to express his gratitude over his surprise win.
"Thank you is a very small word right now but I don't know how else to express how I am feeling right now... Rustom was a very special role to play. Being able to wear the uniform of Indian Navy itself is a huge honour, even if it's just for a role," Akshay said in a video message to his fans. The actor said that Sonam Kapoor, who received a special mention for her role in Neerja, was shooting with him and it was a double celebration for them on the sets of Padman.
Neerja, directed by Ram Madhvani, was named the best Hindi film. It is the 1986 hijacking incident during which flight attendant Neerja Bhanot was killed by terrorists while saving passengers. Amitabh Bachchan-starrer Pink, a female-centric court room drama, won the award for best film on social issues.
The jury, headed by Akshay's frequent collaborator, filmmaker Priyadarshan, named Surabhi C M as the best actress for her role in Malayalam film Minnaminungu-The Firefly.
Dhanak was named the best children's film, while Telugu movie Sathamanam Bhavathi was chosen as the popular film. Marathi movie Kasaav got the best film award which is a great thing but another point of happiness is that the film deals with the theme of depression. The award definitely gives a boost to Marathi cinema. Rajesh Mapuskar won the best director award for his film Ventilator, which was produced by Priyanka Chopra and her mother Madhu. Ventilator also won the best editing and the best final mixed track award. The best adapted screenplay went to Dashakriya, which was also chosen as the best Marathi film, while its actor Manoj Joshi was named as the best supporting actor.
Kashmiri actor Zaira Wasim won the best supporting actor award for her performance as a young Geeta Phogat in the Aamir Khan-led wrestling drama Dangal. Ajay Devgn's Shivaay won the best special effects. Nargis Dutt award for best feature film award on national integration went to Assamese film Dikchow Banat Palaax, while the best popular film providing wholesome entertainment went to Telugu film "Sathmanam Bhavathi".