There were barely any surprises in the list of the 62nd National Film Awards which were announced on Tuesday — Kangna Ranaut bagged the Best Actress honour for 'Queen' and 'Haider' swept the awards in five categories
Kangna Ranaut has often stated that she does not hanker after honours and so, has been skipping award ceremonies. But winning the National Award for Best Actress for 'Queen' (2014) is something she cannot help but exult in.
Kangna Ranaut. Pic/Getty Images
For Kangs, who celebrated her birthday on Monday, it was perhaps the best gift she could have ever asked for. This is her second National Award — she had won the Best Supporting Actress title in 2008 for 'Fashion'. Now, it is unlikely that she will give this award-giving ceremony on May 3 a miss. 'Queen' directed by Vikas Bahl also won the Best Hindi Film award.
Shahid Kapoor in the 'Bismil Bismil' track from 'Haider'
The 62nd National Film Awards were announced in New Delhi on Tuesday by jury chairpersons Bharathiraja and Kamal Swaroop.
A still from 'Queen'
Though there was speculation that Priyanka Chopra would bag the Best Actress honour for 'Mary Kom', Omung Kumar's film went on to win the Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment award.
A still from 'Bhoothnath Returns'
Despite names of Aamir Khan, Shahid Kapoor and Mammooty in the running for the Best Actor, Kannada star Vijay bagged the honour for his portrayal of a transgender in 'Nan Avanalla Avalu'.
A still from 'Mary Kom'
On the other hand, Nitish Tiwari's Amitabh Bachchan-starrer 'Bhoothnath Returns' bagged a Special Mention.
A still from 'Court'
The most coveted award for Best Film went to Chaitanya Tamhane's multilingual film 'Court' that stars Usha Bane, Vivek Gomber (who is also the film's producer) and Pradeep Joshi. The film, slated to release on April 17, is about a court trial in which the hopes of the city's ordinary people play out. The film has done the festival rounds and won numerous awards too.
Vishal Bhardwaj's 'Haider' starring Shahid Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, Tabu and Kay Kay Menon bagged multiple awards — Best Dialogues, Best Music Direction, Best Playback Song, Best Choreography and Best Costume Designing.
List of winners
Best Feature Film: 'Court' (Marathi, Gujarati, Hindi, English)
Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film Of A Director: 'Asha Jaor Majhe' (Bengali)
Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment: 'Mary Kom' (Hindi)
Best Film On Environment Conservation: 'Ottaal' (Malayalam)
Best Direction: 'Chtotushkone' (Bengali)- Srijith Mukherjee
Best Actor: Vijay - 'Nan Avanalla Avalu' (Kannada)
Best Actress: Kangna Ranaut - 'Queen' (Hindi)
Best Supporting Actor: Bobby Simha- 'Jigarthanda' (Tamil)
Best Supporting Actress: Baljinder Kaur - 'Pagdi The Honour' (Haryanvi)
Best Male Playback Singer: Sukhvinder Singh - 'Bismil Bismil' from 'Haider' (Hindi)
Best Female Playback Singer: Uttara Unnikrishnan — 'Saivam' (Tamil)
Best Costume Designer: Dolly Ahluwalia - 'Haider' (Hindi)
Best Music Direction: Vishal Bhardwaj - 'Haider' (Hindi)
Best Background Score: Gopi Sundar -1983 (Malayalam)
Best Choreography: Sudesh Adhana for 'Bismil' track in 'Haider' (Hindi)
Feature films: 'Ain' (Malayalam), 'Nachom IA Kumpasar' (Konkani), 'Killa' (Marathi), 'Bhoothnath Returns' (Hindi)
Best Animation Film: 'Sound Of Joy'
Best Children's Film: 'Kakkai Muttai' (Tamil), 'Elizabeth Ekadashi' (Marathi)
Best Child Artiste: 'Kakkai Muttai'
Best Editing: Vivek Harshan -'Jigarthanda' (Tamil)
Best Dialogues: 'Haider' (Hindi)
What the winners say...
'We were surprised'
Chaitanya Tamhane,Director of 'Court' which bagged Best Film award
"It is a great honour and we were pleasantly surprised. We were not expecting it. Considering that the film is releasing on April 17, there could not have been a bigger boost. This will hopefully make the audience aware of the film. For a debut filmmaker, it's a dream run that the film is having. I am happy that the entire team's efforts have been recognised."
Vivek Gomber Court's producer-actor
"It's an incredible honour. All the hard work and the efforts have paid off. I am incredibly happy for the cast and the crew, and for Chaitanya Tamhane. We have won 17 awards internationally, but this is the one that means the most. Now, we hope that everyone will come to the theatres on April 17."
'I am on top of the world'
Omung Kumar's film 'Mary Kom' won Best Popular Film
"I am feeling on top of the world… debut film and a National Award. I could not have asked for more. I want to thank Mary Kom for giving me her fabulous story, Sanjay (Leela Bhansali) sir, PC (Priyanka Chopra) and the cast and crew for making such a fabulous film with me."
'No one made a film on Kashmiri pandits earlier'
Vishal Bhardwaj, Director of 'Haider' which bagged five awards
"No one recognised Haider's music in any other film awards and now we get a National Award for it. I was surprised that no one made a film on the plight of Kashmiri pandits earlier."
'This is my first National award'
Sukhwinder Singh bagged the Best Playback award for 'Bismil Bismil' in 'Haider'
"This is my first National Award. The song is the perfect face of Indian opera and the two geniuses behind it are Gulzarsaab and Vishal Bhardwaj who described the entire narrative of the film through this song. I am grateful to have got the opportunity to work with them. After recording this song, I told myself that I need to work on my music, so that I could get more opportunities like 'Bismil Bismil'."
'I let out a cry of joy'
Dolly Ahluwalia bagged the National award for Best Costumes for Haider.
"I am in Chandigarh and got a call from Vishal's office informing me about the award. I was like, "What!" before I let out a cry of joy. I am drunk with happiness and wish I was in Mumbai to celebrate with the unit. Working with Vishal was such a unique experience and I am elated 'Haider' won so many awards. This is my third National award. I had bagged it earlier for Best Costume for 'Bandit Queen' (1994) and Best Supporting Actress for 'Vicky Donor' (2012)."
'It has justified our faith in meaningful movies'
Bhushan Kumar, Producer of 'Bhoothnath Returns' which got a Special Mention
"I am honoured by the special mention given by the National Awards Committee and on behalf of my team, I would like to thank them for the honour. We have always upheld cinematic values and this has further justified our faith in unique and meaningful movies."
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