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The 67th National Film Awards that were supposed to take place on 3 May last year got delayed due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. And the National Film Awards got postponed to 2021.
On 22nd March 2021, the ADG of the Directorate of Film Festivals announced the list of recipients for the National Film Awards.
Unlike other frenzy awards, the National Film Awards matter the most in an artist’s whole career in the Film industry and hence it creates the News so you must check out the complete list
The selection procedure and criteria, top-notch authoritative bodies for filtering the cinematic work, and recognition by India’s Government distinguish the National Film awards.
In this article, we would give you the sum and substance of the 67th National Film Awards that were announced yesterday.
Best Hindi Film: Chhichhore
Nitesh Tiwari’s directorial Chhichore consists of a whole bundle of social messages and utter coincidences. The recipients’ list included the deserving and praiseworthy artists; it has left the cinema lovers in a melancholy mood. Because of the sheer coincidence that happened with the Late Sushant Singh Rajput’s last theatrical release Chhichhore.
The movie Chhichhore released in 2019, was based upon suicide prevention and featured the deceased Actor as the leading character. Depending upon the acting and excellent scriptwriting, several commercial awards were expected from the movie.
Due to the heavy competition, the film didn’t get the deserved recognition in the commercial domain.
Fast forward to the year 2021, and the film bagged the National Film Award for the Best Hindi Film.
Sajid Nadiadwala, the co-producer of the movie, dedicated the National Award to the late Actor.
Best Actor in the Male Category: Manoj Bajpayee & Dhanush
The National Film Award for the best male actor was shared between Manoj Bajpayee and Dhanush. In both cases, the character’s originality was a common trait that led to the National Award. Manoj Bajpayee was nominated for his drama piece, Bhonsle(Film) that got an OTT release because of the ongoing pandemic.
The movie is based upon the ill-treatment faced by the Bihari migrants during the early 1990s.
The most astonishing fact is that in 2016, The Devashish Makhija directed movie struggled for distribution at a recognized platform.
Whereas Dhanush was nominated for Vetrimaraan’s film Asuran that was released in October 2019.
The film revolves around the struggles and life-wrenching moments of a commoner. Also, some incidents of the movie adapted from the Kilvenmani massacre make the screenplay even more authentic. Apart from Dhanush’s best actor award, Asuran also bagged for the Best Feature Film(Tamil) in the same nominations.
Best Actor in the Female Category: Kangana Ranaut.
Apart from being constantly surrounded by intentional controversies, the Manikarnika and Panga quintessential actress, Kangana Ranaut, has proved her mettle in the industry. The actress received her fourth National Film Award in the best actor(female) category for her theatrically released films, Manikarnika and Panga.
Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi was a creative piece based on Rani Lakshmi Bai’s real-life struggles and battles. While Panga, the Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari directorial, highlighted a female Kabaddi player’s struggle, desperate for her comeback on the turf.
Both of her movies were critically acclaimed by the critics. And also crossed the expected box office collection.
The Selection procedure for The National Film Awards
The Directorate of film festivals, an institution that is a part of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, is the authoritative body that governs the National Film Awards every year.
Several factors like unbiased selection for the awards and strict eligibility norms distinguish the National Awards from other glamorous awards. Additionally, the National Film Awards 2021 recipient, except the current year, is honoured by the President of India, which is sufficient to prove the awards’ authenticity.
The DFF consists of two panels of jury members that filter the best films and nominations from the list of entries of a particular category of an award. The panels are divided into two parts, out of which a five-member jury panel makes the selection for the Non-Feature categories. And a thirteen members jury panel that makes the selection for the Feature Film categories.
Furthermore, various rules and regulations according to the DFF are applied to disqualify ineligible entries.
Feature Film Awards:
Best Feature Film award: Marakkar: Lion of the Arabian Sea (Malayalam)
Best Actress Award: Kangana Ranaut Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi (Hindi) and for Panga (Hindi)
Best Actor (shared) award: Dhanush for Asuran (Tamil) and Manoj Bajpayee for Bhonsle (Hindi)
Best Supporting Actor award: Vijay Sethupathi for Super Deluxe (Tamil)
Best Supporting Actress award: Pallavi Joshi for The Tashkent Files (Hindi)
Best Director award: Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan for Bahattar Hoorain (Hindi)
Best Child Artist award: Naga Vishal for KD (Tamil)
Best Debut Film of a Director award: Mathukutty Xavier for Helen (Malayalam)
Best Action Direction award: Avane Srimannarayana (Kannada), Vikram Mor
Best Special Effects award: Marakkar: Lion of the Arabian Sea (Malayalam), Siddharth Priyadarshan
Best Choreography award: Maharishi (Telugu), Raju Sundaram
Non-Feature Film Awards
Best Editing award: Shut Up Sona, Arjun Gourisaria
Best Audiography award: Radha (Musical), Allwin Rego, and Sanjay Maurya
Best Narration award: Wild Karnataka, Sir David Attenborough
Best Direction award: Knock Knock Knock (English/Bengali), Sudhanshu Saria
Best Film on Family Values award: Oru Paathiraa Swapnam Pole (Malayalam)
Best Children Film award: Kastoori (Hindi)
Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of Director award: Helen (Malayalam)