National Film Awards: Suriya, Ajay Devgn share best actor title, Aparna Balamurali wins best actress

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Suriya, Ajay Devgn and Aparna Balamurali

New Delhi: The 68th national film awards for the year 2020 was announced here on Friday. Tamil actor Suriya and Bollywood actor Ajay Devgn shared the best actor award for ‘Soorarai Pottru’and Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior respectively.

Tamil film "Soorarai Pottru" won the National Award for Best Feature, Best Actor and Best Actress at the 68th National Film Awards for 2020 announced on Friday.

Aparna Balamurali won the best actress award for ‘Soorari Pottru’.

The late Malayalam filmmaker Sachidanandan KR was posthumously named Best Director for "Ayyappanum Koshiyum", which also won Best Supporting Actor for Biju Menon, Best Action Direction (Stunt Choreography) and Best Playback Female Singer for Nanchamma.

The second big winner of the day was Ajay Devgn-starrer "Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior" which bagged the awards for Best Actor for Devgn and Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment.

Directed by Om Raut, "Tanhaji..." is based on the life of Tanaji Malusare, the military leader of Maratha king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj's army. Set in the 17th century, the film also won the Best Costume Designer for Nachiket Barve and Mahesh Sherla.

Ajay Devgn who has previously won the National Film Award for Best Actor for his performances in "Zakhm" (1998) and "The Legend of Bhagat Singh" (2002), said he was elated to receive the honour for the third time.

"I'm elated to win the Best Actor Award for 'Tanhaji—The Unsung Warrior' at the 68th National Awards along with Suriya who won for 'Soorarai Pottru'.

"I thank everyone, most of all my creative team, the audience and my fans. I also express my gratitude to my parents & the Almighty for their blessings. Congratulations to all the other winners," Devgn said in a statement.

"Soorarai Pottru" also won Best Screenplay for Shalini Usha Nair and director Sudha Kongara as well as Best Music Direction (Background Score) for GV Prakash Kumar.

The Best Playback Singer Male was given to Rahul Deshpande for Marathi film "Mi Vasantrao".

Tamil artiste Lakshmi Priya Chandramouli was named the Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Tamil movie "Sivaranjaniyum Innum Sila Pengallum", which also received the Best Editing award for Sreekar Prasad.

The Best Hindi Film prize went to "Toolsidas Junior", directed by Mridul Toolsidas. The Ashutosh Gowariker production, which was the last film appearance of late actor Rajiv Kapoor, also received a Special Jury Mention for child actor Varun Buddhadev.

In the music category, Thaman S won the Best Music Direction (Songs) for Allu Arjun's Telugu hit "Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo", while Best Lyrics was given to Manoj Muntashir for Hindi film "Saina".

Telugu movie "Natyam" won awards for Best Make-up Artist (TV Rambabu) and Best Choreography (Sandhya Raju).

Filmmaker Madonne Ashwin won the Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut film of a Director for his Tamil venture "Mandela". He was also given the Best Dialogue writer prize for the film.

Best Cinematography award went to Supratim Bhol for the Bengali movie "Avijatrik".

The winners for the 68th National Film Awards were selected by the 10-member jury headed by Hindi filmmaker Vipul Shah. The awards were announced by jury member Dharam Gulati.

The prize for the Most Film Friendly state went to Madhya Pradesh, with Special Mention for Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh.

Author Kishwar Desai's "The Longest Kiss", based on 10 years of research and 400 letters written by cinema icon Devika Rani, received the award for the Best Book on Cinema.

Check complete list of winners here:

Best Feature Film: Soorarai Pottru (Tamil)

Best Direction: Sachidanandan KR (posthumously) for Ayyappanum Koshiyum

Best Actor: Suriya for Soorarai Pottru (Tamil) & Ajay Devgn for Tanhaji :The Unsung Warrior (Hindi)

Best Actress: Aparrna Balamurali for Soorarai Pottru (Tamil)

Best Supporting Actor: Biju Menon for Ayyappanum Koshiyum (Malayalam)

Best Supporting Actress: Lakshmi Priya Chandramouli for Sivaranjaniyum Innum Sila Pengallum (Tamil)

Best Child Artist: Anish Mangesh Gosavi for Tak-Tak (Marathi) and Akanksha Pingle & Divyesh Indulkar for Sumi (Marathi)

Best Children's Film:Sumi (Marathi) and Best Film on Environment Conservati on/Preservation: Taledanda (Kannada)

Best Film on Social Issues: Funeral (Marathi)

Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment: Tanhaji :The Unsung Warrior

Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of a Director: Mandela (Tamil)

Special Jury Mention: Aimee Baruah for Semkhor (Dimasa), Kavya Prakash for Vaanku (Malayalam), Siddharth Menon for June (Marathi), Kishore Kadam for Godakaath (Marathi) and Avwanchhit (Marathi), and Varun Buddhadev for Toolsidas Junior (Hindi)

Best Feature Film in each of the languages other than those specified in Schedule VIII of the Constitution

Best Haryanvi Film: Dada Lakhmi Best Dimasa Film: Semkhor Best Tulu Film: Jeetige

Best Feature Film in each of the language specified in the Schedule VIII of the Constitution

Best Telugu Film: Colour Photo Best Tamil Film: Sivaranjaniyum Innum Sila Pengallum

Best Malayalam Film: Thinkalazcha Nishchayam (Engagement is on Monday)

Best Marathi Film: Goshta Eka Paithanichi (Tale of a Paithani)

Best Kannada Film: Dollu

Best Hindi Film: Toolsidas Junior

Best Bengali Film: Avijatrik (The Wanderlust of Apu)

Best Assamese Film: Bridge

Best Action Direction Award (Stunt Choreography): Rajasekhar , Mafia Sasi & Supreme Sunder for Ayyappanum Koshiyum (Malayalam)

Best Choreography: Sandhya Raju for Natyam (Telugu)

Best Lyrics: Manoj Muntashir for Saina (Hindi)

Best Music Direction: Music Director (Songs): Thaman S for Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo (Telugu)

Music Director (Background Score) : G V Prakash Kumar for Soorarai Pottru (Tamil)

Best Make-up Artist: T V Rambabu for Natyam (Telugu)

Best Costume Designer: Nachiket Barve & Mahesh Sherla for Tanhaji :The Unsung Warrior (Hindi)

Best Production Design: Anees Nadodi for Kappela (Malayalam)

Best Editing: Sreekar Prasad for Sivaranjaniyum Innum Sila Pengallum (Tamil)

Best Audiography Location Sound Recordist: Jobin Jayan for Dollu (Kannada)

Sound Designer: Anmol Bhave for Mi Vasantrao (Marathi)

Re- recordist of the final mixed track: Vishnu Govind & Sree Sankar for Malik (Malayalam)

Best Screenplay: Screenplay writer (original): Shalini Usha Nair & Sudha Kongara for Soorarai Pottru (Tamil)

Dialogue Writer: Madonne Ashwin for Mandela (Tamil)

Best Cinematography: Supratim Bhol for Avijatrik (Bengali)

Best Female Playback Singer: Nanchamma for Ayyappanum Koshiyum (Malayalam)

Best Male Playback Singer: Rahul Deshpande for Mi Vasantrao (Marathi)

Non Feature Films

Best Non-feature Film: Testimony of Anna (Dangi) by Sachin Dheeraj Mundigonda B

est Environment Film: Manah Aru Manuh (Assamese) Best Film on Family Values: Kukumarchan (Marathi)

Best Short Fiction Film: Kachichinithu (Karbi) Best Investigative Film: The Saviour: Brig. Pritam Singh (Punjabi)

Best Promotional Film: Surmounting Challenges (English)

Best Science and Technology Film: On the Brink Season 2 – Bats (English)

Best Exploration Film: Wheeling The Ball (English &Hindi)

Best Educational Film: Dreaming of Words (Malayalam)

Best Film on Social Issues: Justice Delayed But Delivered (Hindi) and Three Sisters (Bengali)

Best Arts and Culture Film: Naadada Navaneeta DR PT Venkateshkumar (Kannada)

Best Biographical Film: Pabung Syam (Manipuri)

Best Ethnographic Film: Mandal ke Bol (Hindi) Best Debut Non-feature Film of a Director: Vishesh Iyer for Pariah (Marathi and Hindi)

Best Direction: RV Ramani for Oh That's Bhanu (English, Tamil, Malayalam and Hindi) Best Cinematography: Nikhil S Praveen for Shabdikkunna Kalappa (Malayalam)

Best Audiography: Ajit Singh Rathore for Pearl of the Desert (Rajasthani)

Best Narration Voiceover: Shobha Tharoor Srinivasan for Rhapsody of Rains – Monsoons of Kerala (English)

Best Music Direction: Vishal Bhardwaj for Marenge Toh Wahin Jaakar from 1232 kms (Hindi)

Best Editing: Anadi Athaley for Borderlands (Bengali, Nepali Manipuri, Hindi & Punjabi)

Best On Location Sound: Sandip Bhati and Pradeep Lekhwar for Jadui Jangal (Hindi)

Special Jury Award: Ojaswee Sharma for Admitted (Hindi & English)

Award for Best Book on Cinema: The Longest Kiss by Kishwar Desai

Special Mention: MT Anunahvangalude Pusthakam (Malayalam) by Anoop Ramakrishnan and Kali Paine Kalira Cinema (Odia) by Surya Deo

Most Film Friendly State: Madhya Pradesh Special Mention: Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh Best Film Critic: No winner this year.

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