61st National Film Awards: 'Ship of Theseus', 'Jolly LLB' win top honours

New Delhi: Subhash Kapoor-directed 'Joll LLB' was on Wednesday named the best Hindi film while Anand Gandhi-directed 'Ship of Theseus' was adjudged best feature film. Hansal Mehta was named for best direction for the movie 'Shahid'.

Jolly LLB

A still from 'Jolly LLB'. Pic/Santa Banta

'Ship Of Theseus' is the story about an unusual photographer, an erudite Jain monk and a young stock broker told through different segments which finally unite them through a strange circumstance.

According to the jury, the film "depicts issues of intuitive brilliance, metaphysical belief and intricate morality in a world full of contradictions".

'Shahid', starring Rajkummar Rao as the real life slain human rights activist and lawyer Shahid Azmi in the backdrop of communal violence unleashed in Mumbai, tells the story of an impoverished Muslim struggling to come to terms with injustice, inequality and rise above his circumstances.

"It is an inspiring testament to the human spirit," according to the jury members.

Hansal Mehta's direction in the "remarkably handled" film "Shahid" has been lauded. Rajkummar Rao also shares the best actor award for 'Shahid' alongwith Suraj Venajaramoodu for Malayalam movie 'Perariyathavar'.

'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag' was declared the best popular film providing wholesome entertainment. Starring Farhan Akhtar in the lead role, the film not only won critics' appreciation but the audience loved it too, making it a huge box office success.

Seasoned Indian actor Naseeruddin Shah criticised 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag' as a fake film. However, audiences lapped the film and the story of former athlete Milkha Singh aka Flying Sikh did a whopping business of over Rs.100 crore.

Director Nishtha Jain's 'Gulabi Gang' was adjudged the best film on social issues. 'Gulabi Gang' is recognised for its powerful depiction of a crusader taking viewers deeper into the continuing struggles of the rural Indian women.

List of Winners

Best Non Feature Film: Kamal Swaroop for Rangbhoomi

Best Film on Social issues: Gulaabi Gang

Special Jury mention: Anjali Patil, child actor Chandana Roy

Best Hindi Film: Jolly LLB

Best English Film: The Coffinmaker

Best Choreography: Ganesh Acharya for ‘Masto Ka Jhund’ for Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

Special Jury Award: Miss Lovely and Yellow

Best Sound Design: Madras Cafe

Best Dialogue: Astu (Marathi)

Best Playback Singer Female: Bela Shinde for Marathi song ‘Koda Koda’

Best Playback Singer Male: Rupankar for Bengali film Jatishwar

Best Supporting Actress: Amruta Subhash for Astu and Alia El Kashif for Ship Of Theseus

Best Supporting Actor: Saurabh Shukla for ‘Jolly LLB’

Best Actor: Rajkummar Rao for Shahid and Malayalam actor Suraj Venjaramoodu

Best Director: Hansal Mehta for Shahid

Best Popular Film providing wholesome entertainment: Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

Best Film on Social Issues: Tuhya Dharma Koncha (Marathi)

Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration: Thalaimuraigal (Tamil)

Best Feature Film: Anand Gandhi’s Ship Of Theseus

Indira Gandhi Award For Best Debut Film Of A Director: Nagraaj Manjule for Fandry (Marathi)

Best Non Feature Film on Social Issues: Gulabi Gang

Best Children’s Film: Kaphal

Best Film on Social Issues: Tuhya Dharma Koncha (Marathi)

Best Bengali Film: Bakita Byaktigato.

Best Kannada Film: December 1

Best Malayalam Film: North 24 Kaadham.

Best Tamil Film: Thanga Meengal

Best Telugu Film: Na Bangaaru Talli

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