While most Indian actors and actresses may not be bothered much about the several award functions that are held every year, they all respect the National film awards. In New Delhi, winners of the most recent National film awards were announced.
Khiladi Akshay Kumar has won the national award this year for his performances in Airlift and Rustom, beating the likes of Dangal (Aamir Khan) and Aligarh (Manoj Bajpayee). But because the award can be given only to one movie, Akshay Kumar was announced the winner for Rustom.
The jury was headed by director Priyadarshan, who has worked with Akshay on several movies in the past, and that did get the tongues wagging, but Priyadarshan made it clear that Akshay was chosen based on merit.
Priyadarshan did admit that the jury did not consider Aamir Khan (Dangal), because in the past, when his movie ‘Taare Zameen Par’ won the best film for Family Welfare, Aamir did not attend the ceremony. So this time, they wanted to give it to someone who would honor the award and whose performance was award-winning worthy.
- Dangal won only one national award – best supporting actress for Zaira Wasim
- Although Aligarh was appreciated by critics, the movie did not win any award
- Priyadarshan said this year regional films (Marathi, Bengali, Malayalam) were much better than Bollywood movies.
- Best feature film award went to Marathi film ‘Kaasav’ and the best director award went to Rajesh Mapuskar for Marathi film ‘Ventilator’.