New Delhi: Tamil movie ‘Soorarai Pottru’ directed by Sudha Kongara won the Best Feature Film award at the 68th National Film Awards, today.‘Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior’ grabs Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment. Sachidanandan KR won the Best Director award for the Malayalam movie ‘AK Ayyappanum Koshiyum’.
The Best Actor award for 2020 was shared between Suriya for ‘Soorarai Pottru’ and Ajay Devgn for the Hindi movie ‘Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior’. Aparrna Balamurali won the Best Actress award for her role in Tamil film ‘Soorarai Pottru’.
Manoj Muntashir won the award for Best Lyrics for the Hindi movie ‘Saina’. The Best Female Playback Singer award was won by Nanchamma for her song in the Malayalam film ‘AK Ayyappanum Koshiyum’. Rahul Deshpande Best Male Playback Singer for his song in the Marathi film ‘Mi Vasantrao’.
Producer and Director Sachin Dheeraj Mundigonda’s ‘Testimony of Ana’ in Dangi, won the Best Non-Feature Film award. Marathi film ‘Funeral’ won the Best Film on Social Issues award. Kannada film ‘Taledanda (Beheading a Life)’ was adjudged the Best Film on Environment Conservation/Preservation. Tamil film ‘Mandela’ won the Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of a Director.
The Jury for the 68th National Film Awards, which announced the winners for the year 2020 here today, was comprised of eminent filmmakers and film personalities from across the Indian cine world. The awards were announced by Chitrartha Singh, Chairperson, Non-Feature Jury, Anant Vijay, Chairperson, Best Writing on Cinema Jury and Dharam Gulati, Feature Film Jury (Member – Central Panel) in presence of Neerja Sekhar, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
Madhya Pradesh won the Most Film Friendly State award while Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh got Special Mention. ‘The Longest Kiss’ by Kishwar Desai won Best Book on Cinema for the year while Malayalam book ‘MT Anunahvangalude Pusthakam’ and Odia book ‘Kali Paine Kalira Cinema’ won a special mention.
– global bihari bureau