Baahubali, Bajirao, and Bajrangi Bagged National Awards

National Film Awards 2016
National Film Awards 2016
National Film Awards 2016

From mainstream cinema to art-house regional films, acclaimed artists in the showbiz won big at the less-anticipated yet much prestigious 63rd National Film Awards.

S. S. Rajamouli’s magnum opus Baahubali – The Beginning won the award for Best Feature Film, whereas the director, known for making period-historical costume dramas, Sanjay Leela Bhansali was named the Best Director for Ranveer-Deepika-Priyanka starrer Bajirao Mastani. Kabir Khan’s Bajrangi Bhaijaan, which swayed the hearts (and minds) of Salman Khan fans, was declared the Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment.

In acting, the mahanayak Amitabh Bachchan was honoured fourth time as Best Actor for playing an “eccentric and constipated Banerjee” in Piku. Big B’s previous wins are for Agneepath, Black and Paa. The award for Best Actress went to Kangana Ranaut who essayed two characters of free-spirited wife Tanuja and Haryanvi-speaking athlete Datto in Tanu Weds Manu Returns. It is her second consecutive win in this category after Queen last year. While the Tamil actor Samuthirakani was named Best Supporting Actor for Visaranai, the veteran Tanvi Azmi was awarded Best Supporting Actress for Bajirao Mastani.

Bajirao Mastani, Tanu Weds Manu Returns and Piku swept away the popular categories with a lion’s share of wins. Dum Laga ke Haisha won the award for Best Hindi Film and another one for the song ‘Moh Moh ke Dhaage’ performed by Monali Thakur. Neeraj Ghaywan received the Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film Of A Director for Masaan.

Kalki Koechlin was given a Special Jury award for playing a young woman with cerebral palsy in Margarita With A Straw and a Special Mention award to Ritika Singh for her performance in Irudhi Suttru. The drama film Nanak Shah Fakir grabbed Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration.

Below is a list of other significant winners at the National Film Awards 2016:

Best Original Screenplay: Juhi Chaturvedi for Piku and Himanshu Sharma for Tanu Weds Manu Returns

Best Dialogues: Juhi Chaturvedi for Piku and Himanshu Sharma for Tanu Weds Manu Returns

Best Music Direction: M. Jayachandran for Ennu Ninte Moideen

Best Background Music: Ilaiyaraaja for Tharai Thappattai

Best Editing: Late Kishore T.E for Visaranai

Best Cinematography: Sudeep Chatterjee for Bajirao Mastani

Best Choreography: Remo D’Souza for Bajirao Mastani

Best Children’s Film: Duronto

Best Malayalam Film: Pathemari

Best Telugu film: Kanche

Best Tamil film: Visaranai

Best Sanskrit Film: Priyamanasam

Best Kannada Film: Thithi

Best Marathi Film: Ringan

Best Khasi Film: Onaatah

Best Punjabi Film: Chauthi Koot

Best Haryanvi Film: Satrangi

Best Maithili Film: Mithila Makhaan

Best Manipuri Film: Eibusu Yaohanbiyu

Best Mizo Film: Kima’s Lode Beyond the Class

Best Odiya Film: Pahada Ra Luha

Best Konkani Film: Enemy

Best Film on Environment Conservation: Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal