Megastar Amitabh Bachchan won his fourth National award for 'Piku', while it was a second consecutive best actress win for Kangana Ranaut at the National Film Awards announced in New Delhi today, which saw Bollywood's dominance in major categories, barring the top prize that went to multilingual 'Baahubali'.
63rd National Film Awards: Amitabh Bachchan, Kangana Ranaut win Best Actor awards
Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan was awarded the Best Actor for his role in 'Piku'.
Amitabh Bachchan in 'Piku'
73-year-old Bachchan won the best actor honour for his turn as a hypochondriac father in the road-trip family drama. He previously won the honour for "Agneepath", "Black" and "Paa".
Kangana Ranaut won the Best Actress award for her performance in 'Tanu Weds Manu Returns'.
Kangana Ranaut in 'Tanu Weds Manu Returns'
Ranaut, who turned 29 last week, was declared the winner for her endearing dual turn as Tanu, a troublesome wife and Haryanvi sportsperson Datto in romantic comedy "Tanu Weds Manu Returns".
The actress called it the "best birthday gift" especially since she gets to honour with Bachchan.
"It is the best birthday gift I could have got. I am thrilled and feel blessed especially since Mr Bachchan is the best actor with me," Ranaut said in a statement.
This is the third trophy for Ranaut at the National Awards, having won best actress for "Queen" last year and earlier for best supporting actress for 2008 film "Fashion".
Sanjay Leela Bhansali won the Best Director award for the magnum opus 'Bajirao Mastani'.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Sweeping historical romance "Bajirao Mastani", starring Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra, helped its director Sanjay Leela Bhansali win the best director honour, besides bagging five more honours.
"This is my first National award as a director, it is really very special to me. My mother always prayed that I should get one and here I get it. Her prayers are answered," Bhansali told PTI.
The director said his mother screamed with happiness when she got to know about his win.
S S Rajamouli's 'Baahubali' bagged the Best Film award.
A still from 'Baahubali'
SS Rajamouli's magnum opus "Baahubali" was announced the best feature film winner by filmmaker Ramesh Sippy, who headed a 11-member jury, even as last year's much appreciated "Masaan" had to contend itself with just a best debut director award for Neeraj Ghaywan.
"Baahubali" star Rana Daggubati said, "I am thrilled. We took a risk and attempted something different with it. Now with this award we feel honoured."
'Dum Laga Ke Haisha' named the best Hindi film at the 63rd National Film Awards.
'Dum Laga Ke Haisha'
Sharat Katariya's debut "Dum Laga Ke Haisha", a '90s set drama in Haridwar about the romance between a mismatched couple, was named the best Hindi film.
Salman Khan starrer 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan' was named the best popular film.
The cross-border drama "Bajrangi Bhaijaan" was named best popular film providing wholesome entertainment.
"Thank you everybody for all your love. We are really happy that 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan' got the National Award for Best Popular Film," director Kabir Khan tweeted.
Best adapted screenplay honour went to Vishal Bhardwaj for real-life inspired crime drama "Talvar", while the best original screenplay and dialouge was shared between Juhi Chaturvedi (Piku) and Himanshu Sharma (Tanu Weds Manu Returns).
"Nanak Shah Fakir" won the Nargis Dutt award for best feature film on National integration, besides winning best costume honour.
Actress Kalki Koechlin's stint as a girl affected with cerebral palsy in Shonali Bose's "Margarita with a Straw" got a special jury mention.
"Bajirao Mastani" also earned Tanvi Azmi the best supporting actress honour for her portrayal of a shrewd mother, while Remo D'Souza got his first National Award for choreographing two chart topping numbers "Pinga" and "Deewani Mastani".
The period drama also won majorly in technical categories like cinematography, production design, re-recordist and sound design, thereby becoming the biggest gainer at the ceremony with six trophies.
Tamil star Samuthirakani bagged the best supporting actor award for his role in thriller, "Visaranai", based on M Chandrakumar's novel "Lock Up". The movie also won the best Tamil film and best editing awards.
Dum Laga Ke Haisha's popular soft melody "Moh Moh ke Dhaage" earned two honours for its female singer Monali Thakur and lyricist Varun Grover. Whereas, Mahesh Kale took home the best playback singer (male) award for crooning in Marathi film "Katyar Kaljat Ghusali".
"Baahubali", which won best feature film honour, also scored the best special effects award for CGI-laden screenplay.
Resul Pookutty's co-production "Nanak Shah Fakir", based on the life and teachings of the first Sikh guru, Guru Nanak Dev, won the Nargis Dutt Award for best feature film on national integration, besides best costume design and make-up.
"Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal", a dramatically disturbing exposition of the ill effects of pesticides in North Kerala, bagged the best film on environmental conservation/[preservation.
Story of a child prodigy "Duronto" won best children's film, while actor Gaurav Menon took home the best child artist award for his performance in "Ben".
"Nirnayakam" was named the best film on social issues. Meghna Gulzar's "Talvar" also bagged the best location sound recordist honour. The best song award went to "Kaathirun Nu Kaathirunnu" from "Ennu Ninte Moideen", while ace composer Ilaiyaraaja won the best background score honour for "Thaarai Thappattai".
Bhaskar Hazarika's "Kothanodi" won the best Assamese film award, while veteran filmmaker Gautam Ghose's evocative story "Shankhachil" took home the trophy for the best Bengali movie.
63rd National Film Awards: Here's the complete list of winners
Best Feature Film: Baahubali
Best Actress: Kangana Ranaut (Tanu Weds Manu Returns)
Best Actor: Amitabh Bachchan (Piku)
Best Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali (Bajirao Mastani)
Best Wholesome Family Entertainer: Bajrangi Bhaijaan
Best Supporting Actress: Tanvi Azmi (Bajirao Mastani)
Best Supporting Actor: Samuthirakani (Visaranai)
Best Debut Director: Neeraj Ghaywan (Masaan)
Special Jury Award: Kalki Koechlin (Margarita, With A Straw)
Best Film on National Integration: Nanak Shah Fakir
Best Film on Social Issue: Nirnnayakam
Best Film on Environment Conservation/Preservation: Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal
Best Choreographer: Remo D' Souza (Bajirao Mastani)
Best Cinematography: Sudeep Chaterjee (Bajirao Mastani)
Best Production Design: Bajirao Mastani
Best Special Effects: Baahubali
Best Editing: Late Kishore T E, Visaranai
Best Costume Designer and Best Make-Up Artist: Payal Saluja (Nanak Shah Fakir)
Best Original Screenplay and Dialogue: Juhi Chaturvedi and Himanshu Sharma (Piku and Tanu Weds Manu Returns)
Best Adapted Screenplay: Vishal Bhardwaj (Talvar)
Best Playback Singer (Female): Monali Thakur (Moh Moh Ke Dhage)
Best Playback Singer (Male): Mahesh Kale (Katyar Kaljat Ghusali)
Best Lyricist: Varun Grover (Moh Moh Ke Dhaage)
Best Music Director: M Jayachandran (Ennu Ninte Moideen)
Best Music Direction, Background Score: Ilaiyaraaja (Tharai Thappattai)
Best Audiography, Location Sound Recordist: Sanjay Kurian (Talvar)
Best Audiography, Sound Designer: Biswadeep Chatterjee (Bajirao Mastani)
Best Audiography, Re-recordist of the Final Mixed Track: Justin Jose (Bajirao Mastani)
Most Film-Friendly State: Gujarat
Best Children's Film: Duronto
Best Hindi Film: Dum Laga Ke Haisha
Best Tamil Film: Visaranai
Best Malayalam Film: Pathemari
Best Sanskrit Film: Priyamanasam
Best Kannada Film: Thithi
Best Marathi Film: Ringan
Best Maithili Film: Mithila Makhaan
Best Punjabi Film: Chauthi Koot
Best Bengali Film: Sankhachil
Best Konkani Film: Enemy
Best Assamese Film: Kothanodi
Best Haryanvi Film: Satrangi
Best Wancho Film: The Head Hunter
Best Khasi Film: Onaatah
Best Manipuri Film: Eibusu Yaohanbiyu
Best Mizo Film: Kima's Lode Beyond the Class
Best Bodo Film: Dau Huduni Methai
Best Odiya Film: Pahada Ra Luha
Special Mentions: Ritika Singh for Irudhi Suttru, Jayasurya for Su Su Sudhi Vathmeekam and Lukka Chuppi, Rinku Rajguru for Sairat
Best Non Feature Film: Amdavad Ma Famous (Gujarati)
Best Art Cultural Film: A Far Afternoon - A Painted Saga
Best Biographical: Life in a Metaphor
Best Short Fiction Film: Aushad (Marathi)
Best Animation Award: Fisherwoman and Tuktuk
Best Social Film Award: Autodriver
Best Music (Non feature): A Far Afternoon