67th National Film Awards: Kangana Ranaut, Manoj Bajpayee, Rajnikant Among Others Awarded

67th National Film Awards

The Government of India recently on October 25th, 2021 rolled out the 67th National Film Awards. Ever since 1954, the National Awards have become synonymous with cinematic brilliance. Though the extraordinary circumstances of last year prevented the Directorate of Film Festivals from handing out the National Film Awards 2021, it was celebrated with much pomp and fanfare this year. While actors like Manoj Bajpayee landed their first National Film Award Best Actor for a leading role for “Bhonsle”, Film Actor Dhanush bagged his second National Award for “Asuran.” Meanwhile veteran actors like Kangana Ranaut went on to win her fourth National Film Award for “Manikarnika” and “Panga”. Let us dive down deeper and find out all the details.

History Of The Awards

Way back in 1954, the Government of India decided to honour the contribution of Indian Film Industry to the society which resulted in the conceptualization of these awards. The National Film Awards are conferred by the first man of the country, the President of India. The annual awards are held at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi. Since 1973, the Indian government’s Directorate of Film Festivals has been organizing and overseeing the ceremony. The actual award consists of a Medallion, cash amount and a Certificate of Merit. In addition to this, Swarn Kamal (Golden Lotus) and Rajat Kamal (Silver Lotus) is awarded to few category of movies.

Selection Process And Rules

As with any other competitive award, the films competing for the National Film Award have to go through a pretty intense selection and have to abide by certain rules. One of the most evident of these rules is that the people associated with the movie, especially the director must be an Indian national. Many other rules like these, mentioned in the National Film Award Regulations govern whether a film qualifies for the National Film Award.

Once the films have been nominated, the winners are decided by a jury which is appointed by the Directorate of Film Festivals. One thing worth mentioning is that neither the Directorate of Film Festivals nor the government has any kind of external influence on the decisions of the jury members. The awards are categorised in three namely Feature Films, Non-Feature Films and Best Writing on Cinema. Various individual awards are presented under these categories. In addition to this, there is one more special award to celebrate the lifelong achievement of an individual in the Indian Film Industry. Aptly named after the Father of Indian Cinema, the DadaSaheb Phalke Award aims to honour the recipient for their lifetime of efforts to further the growth of Indian Film Culture.

67th National Film Awards: Who Won it Big?

This year’s National Awards were full of surprises and quirks. While Dhanush and Manoj Bajpayee jointly shared the National Film Awards Best Actor Award for ‘Asuran’ and ‘Bhonsle’ respectively, Kangana Ranaut bagged her fourth National Film Award for her films ‘Manikarnika’ and ‘Panga.’ Best Hindi Film was won by Late Sushant Singh Rajput starrer ‘Chhichore.’ The Indian state of Sikkim was awarded as the Most Film Friendly State. The prestigious 51st Dadasaheb Phalke Award was conferred to the legendary superstar Rajnikanth. The Vice President of India, Mr. M Venkaiah Naidu bestowed the awards on the winners.

The Complete Winner List

Award CategoryWinners
Best ActorManoj Bajpayee (Bhonsle), Dhanush (Asuran)
Best Actress Kangana Ranaut (Manikarnika, Panga)
Best DirectionBahattar Hoorain
Best Supporting ActorVijay Sethupathi (Super Deluxe)
Best Supporting ActressPallavi Joshi (The Tashkent Files)
Best Male Playback SingerKesri, Teri Mitti
Best Female Playback SingerBardo (Marathi)
Best CinematographyJallikattu (Malayalam)
Original ScreenplayJyeshthoputri
Adapted ScreenplayGumnaami
Dialogue WriterThe Tashkent Files
Best Children FilmKastoori
Best Film on Environment ConservationWater Burial
Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of DirectorHelen (Malayalam)
Best Feature FilmMarakkar Arabikadalinte Simham (Malayalam)
Award Category Winners
Song Viswasam (Tamil)
Music Direction Jyesthoputro
Best Audiography Lewduh (Khasi)
Best Editing Jersey (Telugu)
Best Production Design Anandi Gopal
Make-Up Artist Helen
Award Category Winners
Best Tulu Film Pingara
Best Paniya Film Kenjira
Best Mishing Film Anu Ruwad
Best Khasi Film Lewduh
Best Haryanvi Film Chhoriyan Chhoron Se Kam Nahi Hoti
Best Assamese Film  Ronuwa- Who Never Surrender
Best Bengali Film Gumnaami
Best Hindi Film Chhichore
Best Kannada Film Akshi
Best Konkani Film Kaajro
Best Marathi Film Bardo
Best Malayalam Film Kalla Nottam
Best Manipuri Film Eigi Kona
Best Odiya Film Sala Budhar Badla and Kalira Atita
Best Punjabi Film Rab Da Radio 2
Best Tamil Film Asuran
Best Telugu Film Jersey
Best Chattisgarhi Film Bhulan The Maze
Award Category Winners
Best Narration Wild Karnataka, Sir David Attenborough
Best Editing Shut Up Sona, Arjun Gourisaria
Best Audiography Radha (Musical), Allwin Rego and Sanjay Maurya
Best On-Location Sound Recordist Rahas (Hindi), Saptarshi Sarkar
Best Cinematography Sonsi, Savita Singh
Best Direction Knock Knock Knock (English/Bengali),Sudhanshu Saria
Best Film on Family Values Oru Paathiraa Swapnam Pole (Malayalam)
Best Non-Feature Film An Engineered Dream (Hindi)
Best Debut Non-Feature Film of a Director Khisa (Marathi)
Best Ethnographic Film Charan-Atva The Essence of Being a Nomad (Gujarati)
Best Biographical Film Elephants Do Remember (English)
Best Art and Culture Film Shrikshetra-Ru-Sahijata (Odia)
Best Promotional Film The Shower (Hindi)
Best Environment Film The Stork Saviours (Hindi)
Best Film on Social Issues Holy Rights (Hindi) and Ladli (Hindi)
Best Education Film Apples and Oranges (English)
Best Exploration Film Wild Karnataka (English)
Best Investigative Film Jakkal
Best Animation Film Radha (Musical)
Special Jury Award Small Scale Societies (English)
Best Short Fiction Film Custody (Hindi/English)

The National Film Awards aim to promote cultural and national harmony by recognizing the efforts of filmmakers throughout the country. Films are a window to the daily life of society and how it functions. The social messages in these films forces the society to have a discord on issues ailing it.

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