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Maha winner “Mahanati” and other South Indian movies: 66th National Film Awards.

Maha winner “Mahanati” and other South Indian movies: 66th National Film Awards.

The 66th National Film Awards were announced recently and four hundred and nineteen films competed for the awards this year. The four South Indian film industries bagged a substantial number of awards this year.

Telugu cinema was on top for winning 7 national awards.

Keerthi Suresh won the award for best actress for her outstanding performance in a bilingual movie. Mahanati a biopic of yesteryear actress –filmmaker  Savithri. The film became the highest-grossing South Indian film that starred a woman as the primary character. In 1990, it was actress Vijayashanti, who won Best Actress award for movie Kartavyam. Keerthi Suresh being non-Telugu won the best actress for a Telugu movie. She hails from Kerala. Mahanati also won the  Best Telugu movie and award for Best costumes. The team includes Gaurang Shah, Indirakshi Pattanaik and Archana Rao.

The Telugu movie Awe won best makeup award and the man behind make up was Ranjit. The movie also shared the best special effects award with Kannada movie KGF. The much appreciated romantic movie Chi la sow won the Best screenplay award for Rahul Ravindran. The blockbuster hit Rangasthalam won Best mixed track for M.R. Raja Krishnan.

Veteran cinematographer  M.J. Radhakrishnan won the National award for best cinematography for the Malayalam movie OLU. But unfortunately, the award winner passed away a month ago. Another Malayalam movie that made noise at the awards is “ Kammara Sambhavam”. The movie wins best production design. This movie gave tough competition to Padmavat and KGF. The best Malayalam film was won by Sudani from Nigeria.

Kannada film industry was not far behind. The movie “Ondalla eradalla” won two National awards this year. One for the best feature film on National integration and it also won Best child artiste for Rohith Pandavapura. Undoubtedly the best action film went to KGF. Nathicharami won three national awards. One for best Kannada film, the other two are for best lyrics and Best female playback singer categories.

Finally, the Tamil industry has to settle with one Best Tamil film: Baram. This has left a lot of Tamil cinema fans disappointed. The question arises is National film awards biased? The answer is NO. The National awards are not biased. Only movies close to realism,  substance,  and originality are taken into consideration, not just commercial success. There is a panel of writers, cinematographers, music composers, etc of the highest level while selecting the deserving winners.

List of winners:

Best non feature film: Son Rise by Vibha Bakshi and The Secret Life of Frogs by Ajay and Vijay Bedi

Best Educational FilmSarala Virala

Best Director: Uri : The Surgical Strike– Aditya Dhar

Best Feature Film: Hellaro a Gujarati film directed by Abhishek Shah

Best Actor: Ayushmann Khuranna for Andhadhun and Vicky Kaushal for Uri : The Surgical Strike

Best Actress: Keerthy Suresh for Mahanati

Best Supporting Actor – Swanand Kirkire for Chumbhak

Best supporting actress – Surekha Sikri for Badhaai Ho

Best Action Direction: KGF Chapter I

Best Choreography:  Padmaavat for Goomar

Best Film for National Integration – Ondalla Eradalla (Kannada)

Best Cinematography – Olu (Malayalam) to MJ Radhakrishnan

Best Popular Film: Badhaai Ho

Best film on Environment issues – Paani

Best Debut Film of a Director:Naal (Marathi)

Best film on Social Issues: Padman

Best Child artist:  P V Rohith (Kannada), Sameep Singh (Punjabi), Talha Arshad Reshi (Urdu) and Shrinivas Pokale (Marathi)

Best Children’s Film: Sarkari Hiriya Prathamika Shaale Kasaragod

Best Special Effects: KGF

Special Jury Award: Award shared by Sruthi Hariharan, Joju George for Joseph, Savithri for Sudani From Nigeria, Chandrachood Rai

Best Film on Environment Conservation/Preservation: Paani

Best Regional films

Best Rajasthani Film: Turtle

Best Tamil Film: Baaram

Best Marathi Film: Bhonga

Best Hindi Film: Andhadhun

Best Urdu Film: Hamid

Best Telugu Film: Mahanati

Best Assamese Film: Bulbul Can Sing

Best Punjabi Film: Harjeeta


Best Original Screenplay:  Chi La Sow

Best Adapted Screenplay:  Andhadhun

Best Dialogues: Tariqh


Best Lyrics: Nathichirami (Kannada)

Best Music Direction (Songs): Sanjay Leela Bhansali for Padmaavat

Best Music Direction (Background score): Uri

Best Sound DesignUri

Best Female Playback Singer: Bindhu Malini for Mayavi Manave from Nathichirami (Kannada)

Best Male Playback Singer: Arijit Singh for Bhinte Dhil


Best Make-Up artist– Awe

Best Production Design:  Kammara Sambhavam (Malayalam)

Best CostumeMahanati