It was the day for Bollywood as Amitabh Bachchan and Kangana Ranaut bagged the top acting honours at the 63rd National Film Awards, which were announced here on Monday. While Ms. Ranaut picked up the Best Actress award for Tanu Weds Manu Returns, Mr. Bachchan won for Piku.
S.S. Rajamouli’s magnum opus Baahubali was declared the Best Feature Film while Bajrangi Bhaijaan won the Best Popular Film award.
Tamil star Samuthirakani picked up the Best Supporting Actor award forVisaranaai, a thriller based on the novel Lock Up by M. Chandrakumar. Tanvi Azmi won the Best Supporting Actress award for Bajirao Mastani, while the film’s director, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, bagged the Best Director award.
The prestigious awards — announced by a jury set up by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry — are given away by the President. There are 30 categories in the Feature Films segment and 22 in the non-feature films one.
In a newly introduced category, Gujarat was declared the most film-friendly State while Uttar Pradesh and Kerala earned special mentions. Gujarat’s single-widow clearance facility, dedicated web portal, international promotions, database of product facilities and hotels helped it clinch the award.
(Source Credit : The Hindu)