Published: Sat, August 10, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Bollywood films sweep 66th National Film Awards

Bollywood films sweep 66th National Film Awards

Ayushmann Khurrana has bagged the National Film Award for his performance in Sriram Raghavan's highly-acclaimed thriller Andhadhun.

The 66th National Film awards were announced by Rahul Rawail, head of the Jury for feature films a little while ago.

Speaking of winners, while usually, they're announced in April each year, this year the same was delayed due to the Lok Sabha polls. "I am proud of the team for putting together such a delightful yet meaningful film", said Times Group Managing Director and "Badhai Ho" producer Vineet Jain. The Surgical Strike and Pad Man have also won big. The film's lead actor, Vicky Kaushal, also shared the best actor award with "Andhadhun" actor Ayushmann Khurrana.

"Thank you India, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting and all the Jury members of National Film Awards committee for considering me worthy enough for this prestigious award".

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Akshay Kumar-starrer "Padman" was declared Best Film on Social Issues. The film won awards for Best Music Director, Best Choreography for the song Ghoomar and Best Male Playback Singer for Arijit Singh (Binte Dil).

As for other top honours, Gujarati film "Hellaro" was declared Best Feature Film victor, Keerthy Suresh was declared victor of Best Actress trophy for her performance in Telugu movie "Mahanati" and Uttarakhand was declared the Most Film Friendly State. Veteran actor Surekha Sikri was named the best supporting actress for her role of a cantankerous but lovable matriarch. The movie is adjudged The Best Film in Telugu.

Singer-lyricist Swanand Kirkire won the best supporting actor award for Marathi film "Chumbak", which he said was an unexpected surprise. Nathicharami won five awards including Best Kannada Film and a Special Mention for actress Sruthi Hariharan. The Awards took place at the Shastri Bhawan in New Delhi. "Andhadhun" also won awards for best Hindi film and best adapted screenplay. Awe won two awards, one for Best Make-up artist for Ranjit, and the other for Best Special Effects.

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