Josh high at 66th National Film Awards as Uri, Padmaavat win big


Actors Ayushmann Khurrana (Andhadhun) and Vicky Kaushal (Uri: The Surgical Strike) jointly won the Best Actor award at the 66th National Film Awards. Uri also won the awards for Background Music and Sound Design; AndhaDhun won Best Hindi Film and the Adapted Screenplay prize for director-writer Sriram Raghavan. Gujarati film Helaru received the award for the Best Feature Film.

Popular lyricist Swanand Kirkire won best supporting actor for his performance in Marathi film Chumbak while Sudhakar Reddy Yakkanti's Naal was awarded best debut film of a director.

The best film on social issues went to Akshay Kumar-starrer Padman inspired by the life of Arunachalam Muruganantham, a social activist from Tamil Nadu who introduced low-priced sanitary napkins.

The National Award winners this year also include Telugu film "Mahanati", Kannada film "Nathicharami" and Sanjay Leela Bhansali's controversial "Padmaavat".

The Nargis Dutt Awared for best feature film on national integration went to Ondalla Eradalla (Kannada) while the honours for best child artiste were shared by P V Rohith for Ondalla Eradalla (Kannada), Sameep Singh for Harjeeta (Punjabi), Talha Arshad Reshi for Hamid (Urdu) and Shrinivas Pokale for Naal (Marathi).

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Hima Das, whose film Village Rockstars was awarded a year ago and also picked as India's Oscar entry, featured in the honours list again - her film was named Best Assamese Film. Kannada language film Nathicharami won the awards for Best Feature Film in Kannada, Best Lyrics (Mansore), Best Editing (Nagendra K Ujjani) and Best Female Playback singer (Bindhu Malini).

"Andhadhun" was also a favourite at this year's edition of National Film Awards.

"I am on top of the world".

"I'm also very happy to be sharing the award with someone whom I admire, both as a person and as an actor". And for the same, an elated Ayushmann exclusively expressed his gratitude to and said that he is hugely humbled to win this coveted award.

"Rangasthalam", directed by Sukumar and produced by Mythri Movie Makers, has won the Best Mixed Track award (Radha Krishna). This recognition in form of a national award is truly gratifying. The movie is adjudged The Best Film in Telugu. There is no clarity on when the awards will be presented.