The winners for 61st National Award were announced today, showcasing some deserving talent walking away with the coveted award for their exceptional performances on screen. The highlight of the List is actor Rajkummar Rao, who won the Best Actor for his outstanding performance as a male protagonist in the film, Shahid. He shared the award with Malayalam Actor Suraj Venjaramoodu for his performance in the film, Perariyathavar.
Interestingly, Shahid had another winner, with Hansal Mehta winning the best Director.
A lot of Bollywood flavour was recognised with film Bhaag Milka Bhaag names the Best Popular film providing wholesome entertainment.
The film ‘Ship of Theseus’ won the Best Feature Film while Saurabh Shukla won the Best Supporting Actor Male for his performance in the film Jolly LLB.
Bengali film Jatiswar won a row of awards that include Music, Make Up, Costume and Male Playback Singing.
Lyricist and Director Gulzar, who was chosen for the Dada Saheb Phalke Award this year, will be felicitated with all the National Award Winners by President Pranab Mukherjee on May 3rd.
The complete list of the 61st National Award Winners
Best Actor: Rajkumar Rao for ‘Shahid’, Suraj Venjaramudu and Venajaramoodu for Malayalam movie ‘Perariyathavar’
Best Actress: Liars Dice’, Geetanjali Thapa
Best Direction: Hansal Mehta for ‘Shahid’
Best Film on Social Issues: ‘Tojia Dharm Kauncha’
Nargis Dutt Award for Best film on National Intergration: ‘Talai Muraigal’
Best Popular Film providing Wholesome Entertainment: ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’
Best Feature Film: ‘Ship of Theseus’
Best Feature Film in Assamese : ‘Ajeyo’
Best Feature Film in Bengali : ‘Bakita Byaktigoto’
Best Feature Film in Hindi : ‘Jolly LLB’
Best Feature Film in Kannada : ‘December 1’
Best Feature Film in Konkani : ‘Baga Beach’
Best Feature Film in Malayalam : ‘Maut 24 Kadham’
Best Feature Film in Marathi : ‘Acha Divaz Mazha’
Best Feature Film in Tamil : ‘Tonga Vungal’
Best Feature Film in Telugu : ‘Naa Bangaru Talli’
Best Feature Film in English : The Coffin Maker
Best Book of Cinema – Cinema Ka Cinema
Best Film Critic Award – Alka Sahania
Best Choreography: Ganesh Acharya for ‘Masto Ka Jhund’ – Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
Best Music: Jatishwar (Bangali)
Best Make Up: Jatishwar(Bengali)
Best Costume: Jatishwar(Bengali)
Best Male Playback Singer: Jatishwar(Bengali)
Best Director Award: Pranjal Dua for ‘Chidiya Ud’ (Hindi)
Best Child Actor: Somnath Awghade for ‘Fandry’