The 66th National Film Awards were announced earlier this year, but were presented on Monday, by Vice President Venkaiah Naidu in Delhi’s Vigyan Bhavan. Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar was also present on the occasion. The ceremony was hosted by Divya Dutta and Sonali Kulkarni. Divya was the recipient of the award last year for Best Supporting Actress for her film Irada.

Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte starrer, Padman won the Award for Best Film on Social Issues.

The Twinkle Khanna produced film was inspired by the true-life story of Arunachlam Muruganathan, the real ‘PadMan’. The movie makes you question the dos and don’ts around the natural process of a woman’s body. It delivers an excellent narrative around menstruation and the breaking of taboos attached with it. Awareness of the importance of personal hygiene is an integral aspect of the movie. Padman indeed brings out the mind-set related to menstruation and the hardships faced by a common woman.

Surekha Sikri won the Best Supporting Actress Award. The actress received a standing ovation for her powerful performance as a matriarch. Surekha arrived in a wheelchair to pick up her award amidst the hoots and cheers by the audience.

Meanwhile, Hellaro a Gujarati movie bagged the honour of Best Feature Film where 13 female actresses from the film also won the Special Jury Award for their performances. The movie highlights poignant societal issues of patriarchy, caste-based violence and superstition. The viewers find themselves rooting for the female characters. Disliking the ignorant men who worship goddesses but disrespect the women in their lives. The film is a strong statement on women empowerment against the patriarchal society.

 

Andhadun bagged the Best Hindi Film Award and Badhaai Ho won the award for Best Popular Film providing wholesome entertainment.

Ayushman Khuranna’s role in Andhadun and Vicky Kaushal’s role in Uri: The Surgical Strike won the talented duo the Best Male Actor Award and Keerthy Suresh received the Best Female Actress Award for her Telugu Film Manhanati.

Surekha Sikri won the Best Supporting Actress Award. The actress received a standing ovation for her powerful performance as a matriarch. Surekha arrived in a wheelchair to pick up her award amidst the hoots and cheers by the audience.

 

While lyricist-actor Swanand Kirkire bagged the award for Best Supporting Actor for Marathi film Chumbak.

Arijit Singh secured the Best Playback Male Singer award or ‘Binte Dil Misriya Mein’ from Padmaavat. Meanwhile, Bindhu Malini bagged the Best Playback Female Singer award for Kannada film Nathicharam.

Kruti Mahesh received National Film Award for Best Choreography for the Padmaavat the song ‘Ghoomar’, Bhansali was awarded for music.

Son Rise directed by Vibha Bakshi and The Secret Life of Frogs by Ajay and Vijay Bedi received the award for Best Non-Feature Film.  Son Rise gives a powerful portrayal of the mindsets and effects of female infanticide, featuring the courage of those who stand against it. Whereas, the other film won the award for narrating a beautiful tale of the most neglected amphibians.

Hellaro a Gujarati movie bagged the honour of Best Feature Film where 13 female actresses from the film also won the Special Jury Award for their performances. The movie highlights poignant societal issues of patriarchy, caste-based violence and superstition.

Rishab Shetty’s Sarkari Hiriya Prathamika Shale Kasaragodu grabbed the Best Children Film award. The film shows the positive action of children to tackle the issue of language politics in schools located on state borders.

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Gaurika Taneja is an intern with SheThePeople.TV

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