62nd National Film Awards: 'Queen' Kangana best actress, 'Haider' shines

New Delhi: Kangana Ranaut won the best actress award for her powerful performance in 'Queen' at the 62nd National Film Awards where Bollywood movies 'Haider' and 'Mary Kom' bagged key honours while Chaitanya Tamhane's 'Court' was named the best feature film.

In the film, Kangana portrays a simple girl named Rani who goes on a honeymoon alone and experiences a journey of self-discovery. The film was lauded by audiences and critics alike. 'Queen' was also named the best Hindi film at the 62nd National Film Awards.

Ranaut, 28, who celebrated her birthday on Monday, got a belated present by winning her career's second National award in the movie about a girl who goes on a foreign honeymoon alone after being ditched by her fiance just before marriage. She had won her first National award, as best supporting actress, for 'Fashion' in 2010. The Vikas Bahl-directed coming-of-age film was also named the best Hindi feature film.

Vijay was declared the best actor for his poignant portrayal of a woman trapped in a man's body in Kannada film 'Nanu Avanalla Avalu' (I am not a he, but she). 'Court', which focuses on the flaws in the Indian judicial system, has been winning critical acclaim nationally and internationally. The award is expected to give a major boost to the movie ahead of its theatrical release on April 17.

Shahid Kapoor-starrer 'Haider', a Kashmir-set modern adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet, won five honours. Its helmer Vishal Bhardwaj was named the best music director but lost out the best director award to Bengali filmmaker Srijit Mukherji's 'Chotushkone'.

Bhardwaj was also named for best dialogues in the movie while Sukhwinder Singh clinched the best male playback singer for the song 'Bismil'. Its other two wins were in the categories of choreography and costume design. 'Chotushkone', a film about four directors' attempt to make four short stories, won two more awards - best cinematography and screenplay (original).

Priyanka Chopra-led biopic 'Mary Kom' was named the best popular film providing wholesome entertainment. While best songs in the music direction category went to Bhardwaj, the background score honour was won by Gopi Sunder for Malayalam film 'Nineteen Eighty Three'. Best lyrics award went to NA Muthukumar for Tamil film 'Saivam' whose singer Uttara Unnikrishanan won the best female playback singer honour for her song 'Azhagu'. Tamil actor Bobby Simhaa won the best supporting actor trophy for 'Jigarthanda' whose second win was in the best editing category.

Best supporting actress went to Haryanavi actress Bajinder Kaur. It is a first National award for a Haryanavi actress. Indira Gandhi award for best debut film of a director went to Aditya Vikram Sengupta for his Bengali movie 'Asha Jaoar Majhe'. It also won the best sound designer trophy while 'Nirbashito' won the re-recordist of the final mixed track.

'Chotoder Chobi', Kaushik Ganguly's tale on dwarfs, was declared best film on social issues for its empathetic portrayal of marginalised people's struggle for a life of dignity.

Best children's film was shared by Tamil movie 'Kaakkaa Muttai' and Marathi drama 'Elizabeth Ekadashi', 'Muttai' actors J Vignesh and Ramesh shared the best child artist honour.

The best film on environment conservation/preservation went to Malayalam movie 'Ottaal' which also won adapted screenplay writer trophy.

Special jury awards went to Marathi film 'Khwada', directed by Bhaurao Karhade which also won the location sound
recordist honour. 'Nanu Avanalla Avalu' also won in the best make-up artist category. Konkani film 'Nachom-IA Kumpasar' won the best production design award.

The 62nd National Film Awards 2014 were announced on Tuesday by the chairpersons of the three juries on feature films, non feature films and best writing on cinema. The feature film central panel, was headed by Tamil filmmaker P Bharathiraja and included 10 other members. The non-feature jury was headed by Kamal Swarup.

Prior to the announcement of the awards, the chairpersons of the three juries and members of the jury presented their reports to I&B minister Arun Jaitley. There were 320 entries in feature film categories while non-feature film list had 171 entries.

The National Film Awards are likely to be given by President Pranab Mukherjee on May 3 along with the Dada Saheb
Phalke award which will go to actor filmmaker Shashi Kapoor this year, an official said,


Sukhwinder wins National Award for 'Bismil', says song deserved it

Singer Sukhwinder Singh was on Tuesday named for the National Film Award for best playback singing for the song "Bismil" from "Haider". He's happy as he feels the track truly deserved the honour.

It's an amazing feeling. Vishal Bhardwaj is a fabulous person and a good musician. 'Bismil' deserves this appreciation and Gulzar has put in a beautiful soul in the track with his words," the singer, who is known for his mesmerising and powerful voice, told IANS.

"Singing for this song was an absolute pleasure. I am extremely happy that I got a National Award for this song and this film.

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