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We Break Down the Big Winners of the 64th National Film Awards for You

We Break Down the Big Winners of the 64th National Film Awards for You

Here's the surprising reason why Priyanka Chopra is probably celebrating right now!

The winners of the 64th National Film Awards have just been announced and the list sports some names that were already being touted as frontrunners and some surprises as well.

We take a look at some of the big winners who have bagged an honour that most entering the film industry dream about their whole lives.

Here are some of the biggest names that walked away with the prize.

Akshay Kumar

Perhaps one of the most surprising winners was Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar, who was adjudged Best Actor for his performances in Rustom. The film tells the real-life story of Indian Naval Officer Rustom Pavri, who had been accused of murder.

The actor ecstatically tweeted a video expressing his gratitude for the recognition.

Neerja & Sonam Kapoor

A critical darling, Neerja tells the real life story of Neerja Bhanot, a Pan Am purser who lost her life trying to save the lives of those aboard the hijacked Pan Am Flight 73 in 1986. The film won the Best Film (Hindi) award.

Sonam Kapoor, who also received a “special mention” from the awards committee for her role, took to Facebook to post a hilarious picture alongside Akshay Kumar.

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The Amitabh Bachchan starrer, Pink, that sent a strong message on female empowerment in India, walked away with the prize for Best Film on Social Issues.

The gritty film provided a scathing commentary on rape culture and the way women are objectified and harassed in their everyday lives.

Zaira Wasim

She may have been practically unknown a year ago but Zaira Wasim, who played the younger version of Geeta Phogat in the cinematic juggernaut Dangal has been declared Best Supporting Actress.

The teenager from Kashmir had to undergo intensive training to transform herself into character as one of the country’s most prolific sportswomen in India.

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And here are some of the winners who are not quite household names but whose work will most certainly entertain any home in the country.

Surabhi Lakshmi

If Akshay Kumar, who was adjudged Best Actor, is one of the most famous actors in India, then on the other side of the spectrum is Surabhi Lakshmi, who won the Best Actress award. The actress who is not that well-known outside of Kerala, impressed critics with her tour-de-force performance as a single mother in the Malayalam film, Minnaminungu. 

She is the fifth actress who has worked on a Malayalam film to have won this honour.

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It was the little film that ended up stealing the hearts of everyone who watched it. Dhanak, which won the award for the Best Children’s Film, is centred around a brother and sister and the epic journey they embark on together.

The young actors will tug at your heartstrings with their performance.

Photo source: Facebook 


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The Marathi film Ventilator walked away with multiple awards, including Best Director for Rajesh Mapuskar, Best Editing for Rameshwar S. Bhagat, and Best Sound Mixing for Alok De. The comedy-drama tells the story of a man battling for life in a coma and the people affected by his condition.

What many don’t know about this movie is that it was actually produced by actress Priyanka Chopra!


The film that was adjudged Best Film in Tamil language is a political satire is about a villager who one day just declares himself to be the President of India.

The film has also won Sundara Iyer the award for Best Male Playback Singer.


The Marathi film that hasn’t even been released yet has been winning a lot of awards in the film festival circuit and now has taken home the Golden Lotus award given for Best film.

It is reportedly a social drama that grapples with a lot of issues including suicide.

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Given below is the complete list of all the winners.

Feature Films Awards

Best Actor – Akshay Kumar (Rustom)
Best Actress – Surabhi Lakshmi (Minnaminungu)
Best Director – Rajesh Mapuskar (Ventilator)
Best Film on Social Issues – ‘Pink’
Best Supporting Actor – Manoj Joshi (Dashkriya)
Best Supporting Actress – Zaira Wasim (Dangal)
Best Debut Film of a Director – Deep Chaudari (Alifa)
Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment – ‘Sathamanam Bhavathi’
Best Stunt Choreography – Peter Hein (Pulimurugan)
Best Children’s Film – ‘Dhanak’ (Hindi)
Best Child Artist – Adhish Praveen (Kunju Daivam), Saj (Noor Islam), Manohara (Railway Children)
Best Male Playback Singer – Sundara Iyer (Joker)
Best Female Playback Singer – Iman Chakraborty (Praktan)
Best Screenplay (original) – Syam Pushkaran (Maheshinte Prathikaaram)
Best Screenplay (adapted) – Sanjay Krishnaji Patel (Dashakriya)
Best Editing – Rameshwar S. Bhagat (Ventilator)
Best Special Effect Award: ‘Shivaay’
Sound Designer – Jayadevan (Kaadu Pookkunna Neram)
Best Production Design – 24
Best Costume Designer – Sachin (Cycle)
Best Environmental film including agriculture – The Tiger Who Crossed The Line
Best Make-up Artist – MK Ramakrishna
Best Music Direction – Babu Padmanabha (Allama)

Best Feature Films in Regional Languages

Kaasav (Best Film)
Madipur (Tulu)
Joker (Tamil)
Wrong Side Raju (Gujarati)
Pelli Choopulu (Telugu)
Dashakriya (Marathi)
Bisarjan (Bengali)
Maheshinte Prathikaaram (Malayalam)
K Sera Sera (Konkani)
Reservation (Kannada)
Neerja (Hindi)

Special Mention

Kadvi Hawa (Hindi)
Mukthi Bhavan (Hindi)
Majirathi Keki (Assamese)
Neerja – Sonam Kapoor
Special Jury Award for Mohanlal for Pulimurugan, Janatha Garage and Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol

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