Bollywood gets a surprisingly significant salute at the 62nd National Film Awards this year. Small, substantial films across languages that have won recognition in international festivals, have also been recognised by the nation’s highest film honour.
Kangana Ranaut’s winning streak continues with the Best Actress honour for ‘Queen’ even as the Vikas Bahl directed film won the Best Hindi Film honour. Priyanka Chopra starrer ‘Mary Kom’, directed by Omung Kumar, has been honoured with the Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment.
Vishal Bharadwaj’s Haider has won several awards including Best Choreography for Bismil (Sudesh), Best Costume Design for Dolly Ahluwalia, Best Male Playback Singer (Bismil) for Sukhwinder Singh & Best Music Direction for Vishal Bharadwaj.
‘Bhootnath Returns’- the Amitabh Bachchan & Parth Bhalerao starrer produced by T Series & B R Films and directed by Nitesh Tiwari has been conferred with a special mention at the awards.
Producer Bhushan Kumar commented on this occasion, saying, “I am extremely delighted and honored by this special mention given to Bhoothnath Returns by the National Awards Committee and on behalf of my entire team at Tseries would like to thank them for this honor. We have always upheld cinematic values and this has further justified our faith in unique and meaningful movies.”
Marathi film ‘Cour’t has been given the Best Feature Film. This film is directed by Chaitanya Tamhane. Kannada actor Vijay has been conferred the Best Actor for Nanu Avanalla Avalu while Bengali director Srijit Mukherji has been given Best Director for ‘Chotushkone’.
Omung Kumar said, “I’m feeling on top of the world, debut film and a national award… Couldn’t have asked for anything more. I want to thank Mary Kom for giving me her fabulous story, I want to thank Sanjay sir, PC and the entire cast and crew for making such a fabulous film with me.”
Vivek Gomber said, “It’s an incredible honour and a feeling of elation. All the hard work and the efforts have paid off. I am incredibly happy for for the cast and the crew, and needless to say, for Chaitanya Tamhane. We’ve won 17 internationally, but all awards aside, this is the one that means the most. Now thanks to the Swarna Kamal, we hope that everyone will come to the theatres on April 17th.”
Chaitanya Tamhane’s added, “It is a great honour and we are very pleasantly surprised, since we were not expecting this. Considering the film is releasing April 17, there couldn’t have been a bigger boost. This will hopefully make more audiences aware of the film. For a debut filmmaker, I think that it’s a dream run that the film is having and I feel very happy that the entire team’s efforts have been recognized.”