Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, got the best actor trophy for portraying a Bengali father in Piku, while Kangana Ranaut got the best actor(female) trophy for her performance in Tanu Weds Manu Returns.
It is Kangana’s third trophy at the National Awards, having earlier won best supporting actor for Fashion and best actor for Queen last year. Veteran actor Manoj Kumar, 78, best known for his patriotic films Purab Aur Paschim, Upkar and Kranti, received the Dadasaheb Phalke award, the highest recognition in Indian cinema, which consists of a golden lotus, a cash prize of Rs 10 lakh and a shawl.
SS Rajamouli and producers Shobu Yarlagadda and Prasad Devineni received Swarna Kamal, for Baahubali, which was the best feature film this year. Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani, earned him the best director honour while Bajrangi Bhaijaan won the best popular film providing wholesome entertainment.