While announcing the National Awards in New Delhi on Friday, jury chairman Priyadarshan revealed that the final choice for Best Actor was down to Akshay Kumar and Mohanlal, who received a jury award. The film, directed by Tinu Suresh Desai, was loosely based on the murder of Prem Ahuja by Commander K M Nanavati. The notable winners were Priyanka Chopra's Marathi film, Ventilator, which bagged three awards-for Best Direction, Best Editing, Re-recording-and Kannada film, Allama, which won two awards-Best Music Direction and Best Make-up Artist.
Surabhi CM was named Best Actress for her role in the Malayalam film Minnaminungu: The Firefly.
Indie romantic-drama "Pellichoopulu" was awarded the Best Film in the language, while "Shatamanam Bhavati" bagged the Best Popular Film award for providing wholesome entertainment.
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Akshay said it was "double celebration" on the set of "Padman", as Sonam Kapoor - who has won a special mention for her role in the Best Hindi Film "Neerja" - was with him. Child actress Zaira Wasim won Best Supporting actress for her portrayal of Young Geeta Phogat in Dangal.
Priyadarshan says regional films dont chase after box office numbers and that is why they are true to their stories and also give social messages. We should promote films that reflect the Indian culture. It was my first Marathi film.
Akshay Kumar and Sonam Kapoor are sharing screen space for upcoming Padman, which is an upcoming biopic based on social entrepreneur Arunachalam Muruganantham, who invented a low-priced sanitary pad making machine and helped spread awareness about traditional unhygienic practices around menstruation in rural India.
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On his success, Kumar said that he has won this award with honesty, saying that he has never cheated in his life. I don't have the words to describe how I feel at this moment.
Jr NTR-starrer Janath Garage has also earned "Best Choreography" for Raju Sundaram and also "Special Jury Award" for Mohanlal.
Meanwhile megastar Mohanlal, who won the Special Jury Award, expressed happiness over commercially successful movies being considered for the honour. Yet, the movie made it to the National Awards with its different approach to an old concept.
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