The 67th National Film Awards, which had been delayed for almost a year due to the pandemic, was announced yesterday. Priyadarshan’s ‘Marakar ArabiKadalinte Simham’ was chosen as the Best Feature Film. And Sanjay Pooran Singh Chauhan won the Best Director Award for the Hindi film ‘Bhattar Hoorain’.
The Best Actor Award was shared by Manoj Bajpayee and Dhanush for their performances in ‘Bhonsle’ and ‘Asuran’. Kangana Ranaut was awarded the Best Actress honour for ‘Manikarnika’ and ‘Panga’. Vijaya Sethupathi was awarded the Best supporting actor honour for his performance in ‘Super Deluxe’, while Pallavi Joshi won the Best supporting actress for ‘The Tashkent Files’.
Hindi film ‘Kastoori’ was chosen as the Best Children's Film and ‘Water Burial’ was awarded the Best Film on Environment Conservation.
In the non-feature film category, ‘Wild Karnataka by Sir David Attenborough’ won the Best Narration. Arjun Gourisaria won Best Editing for ‘Shut Up Sona’ and Saptarshi Sarkar won the Best On-Location Sound Recordist for ‘Rahas’. Savita Singh won Best Cinematography for ‘Sonsi’ and Allwin Rego & Sanjay Maurya won Best Audiography for ‘Radha’.
Sikkim was chosen as the most film-friendly state. ‘A Gandhian Affair: India's Curious Portrayal of Love in Cinema’ by Sanjay Suri was chosen the Best Book on Cinema. Sohini Chattopadhyay was awarded the title of Best Film Critic.