New Delhi, May 3: The most celebrated National Film Awards were presented when President Pranab Mukherjee conferred top honours. Dada Saheb Phalke award conferred to Manoj Kumar, Megastars Amitabh Bachchan, Kangana Ranaut among others received their awards from the President.
Speaking on the occasion the President said that the Indian Films truly reflected the Indian character of Unity and Diversity. He complimented the composition of Award winners in the National Film Awards which included new comers as well as legends of Indian cinema. He said that the National Film Awards this year reflected all aspects of cinema including digitization and technology.
He further added that with a growing world audience who were attracted towards Indian films and an increasing presence of Indian films at different parts of the world, the overseas market possesses a great potential for the Indian film industry. It was heartening to note that the revenue from overseas theatricals witnessed an increase of 11.5 percent from Rs. 8.6 billion in 2014 to Rs. 9.6 billion in 2015. The President also spoke of the importance of films in context of variety and diversity of India and the important role it played in unifying the Nation.
The President also conferred this year’s Dada Saheb Phalke award to Manoj Kumar. Manoj Kumar is an Award-winning actor and director. He is remembered for his films Hariyali Aur Raasta, Woh Kaun Thi, Himalaya Ki God Mein, Do Badan, Upkaar, Patthar Ke Sanam, Neel Kamal, Purab Aur Paschim, Roti Kapda Aur Makaan, and Kranti. He is known for acting in and directing films with patriotic themes.
Piku actor received praise from critics as well as fans for portraying the role of a hypochondriac Bengali father in the film.The veteran actor was accompanied by his son Abhishek Bachchan, daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, wife Jaya Bachchan and daughter Shweta Nanda.
The actor had earlier won National awards for his performances in films like Agneepath (1990), Black (2005) and Paa (2009). One of the most sought-after stars in Bollywood, Big B will next be seen in Te3n and Shoojit Sircar's Pink.
A total of 21 Awards were given by the President in the Non-Feature film category while the number of awards in Feature Film category being 51. Three awards were given to Best Writing on Cinema. In the Feature Film category, the Award for the Best Feature Film was given to Baahubali produced by Shobu Yarlagadda and Arka Mediaworks Pvt Ltd. and directed by S.S Rajamouli.
Masaan directed by Neeraj Ghaywan and produced by Phantom Films received the Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of a Director. The Award for the Best Popular Film providing Wholesome Entertainment was given to Bajrangi Bhaijaan (Hindi) directed by Kabir Khan.
The Award for the Best Film on Social Issues has been given to Nirnayakam produced by Jairaj Films and directed by VK Prakash. The Award for the Best Director has been conferred on Shri Sanjay Leela Bansali for the Film Baajirao Mastani (Hindi).
The Award for the Best Actor was conferred on Amitabh Bachchan for the film Piku (Hindi) and the Award for the Best Actress was conferred on Kangana Ranaut for the film, Tanu weds Manu Returns (Hindi). The award for the Best Children's Film was given to Duronto (Hindi) produced by Code Red Films. Master Gaurav Menon was conferred Award for Best Child Artist for movie Ben (Malayalam).
Best Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali, ‘Bajirao Mastani’
Best Actor: Amitabh Bachchan, Piku Best Actress: Kangana Ranaut, Tanu Weds Manu Returns
Best Supporting Actress: Tanvi Azmi, Bajirao Mastani
Best Hindi Film: Dum Laga Ke Haisha
Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film Of A Director: Neeraj Ghaywan, Masaan
Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment: Bajrangi Bhaijaan
Best Choreography: Remo D’Souza, Deewani Mastani song in Bajirao Mastani
Best Female Playback Singer: Monali Thakur, Moh Moh Ke Dhage
Best Cinematography: Sudeep Chaterjee, Bajirao Mastani
Best Screenplay Writer (Original): Juhi Chaturvedi (Piku) and Himanshu Sharma (Tanu Weds Manu Returns)
Best Screenplay (Dialogues): Juhi Chaturvedi (Piku) and Himanshu Sharma (Tanu Weds Manu Returns)