Queen, Haider win big at 62nd National Film Awards

Kangana Ranaut won the best actress award for her powerful performance in Queen at the 62nd National Film Awards where Bollywood movies Haider and Mary Kom bagged key honours while Chaitanya Tamhane’s Court was named the best feature film.

Ranaut, 28, who celebrated her birthdayday before yesterday, got a belated present by winning her career’s second National award in the movie about a girl who goes on a foreign honeymoon alone after being ditched by her fiance just before marriage.

She had won her first National award, as best supporting actress, for Fashion in 2010.

The Vikas Bahl-directed coming-of-age film was also named the best Hindi feature film.

Vijay was declared the best actor for his poignant portrayal of a woman trapped in a man’s body in Kannada film Nanu Avanalla Avalu (I am not a he, but she). Court, which focuses on the flaws in the Indian judicial system, has been winning critical acclaim nationally and internationally. The award is expected to give a major boost to the movie ahead of its theatrical release on April 17.

Shahid Kapoor-starrer Haider, a Kashmir-set modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, won five honours. Its helmer Vishal Bhardwaj was named the best music director but lost out the best director award to Bengali filmmaker Srijit Mukherji (Chotushkone).

Bhardwaj was also named for best dialogues in the movie while Sukhwinder Singh clinched the best male playback singer for the song Bismil. Its other two wins were in the categories of choreography and costume design.

Chotushkone, a film about four directors’ attempt to make four short stories, won two more awards -- best cinematography and screenplay (original).

Priyanka Chopra-led biopic Mary Kom was named the best popular film providing wholesome entertainment. Sitting miles away in Kuala Lumpur, Omung Kumar sprang with surprise upon hearing that his debut directorial venture Mary Kom, a film on the life of boxing champion M.C. Mary Kom, had won a National Film Award on Tuesday. He says it’s the “biggest high” for him .
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