National Film Awards: The winners of the 68th National Film Awards were announced in New Delhi. National Film Awards: Two top actors Share Best Actor award, complete details. The Best Actor award for the year is to be shared by Suriya and Ajay Devgn for their work in Soorarai Pottru and Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior respectively.
This is Suriya’s first National Film Awards and Ajay Devgn’s third – he won Best Actor for his 1998 film Zakhm and 2002’s The Legend Of Bhagat Singh. Soorarai Pottru, based on events in the life of Simplifly Deccan founder G Gopinath, also won Best Feature Film and Best Actress for Aparna Balamurali. Tanhaji, a historical film about legendary Maratha warrior Tanaji Malusare, also won the award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment.
Malayalam thriller Ayyappanum Koshiyum won two National Film awards – K R Sachidanandan, known professionally as Sachy, won Best Director posthumously and Biju Menon won Best Supporting Actor. Sachy died of a cardiac arrest in 2020 at the age of 47. Lakshmi Priyaa Chandramouli was awarded Best Supporting Actress for her work in Sivaranjaniyum Innum Sila Pengalum which also won Best Tamil Film as well as Best Editing.
Toolsidas Junior was awarded Best Hindi Film with a special jury mention for child actor Varun Buddhadev. Dollu won Best Kannada Film and Best Location Sound. Avijatrik won Best Bengali Film and Best Cinematography. Colour Photo won Best Telugu Film, Thinkalazhcha Nishchayam won Best Malayalam Film.
Madhya Pradesh was picked as the Most Film-Friendly State with Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh receiving special mentions. The feature film jury this year is headed by filmmaker Vipul Shah; the awards were announced by jury member and cinematographer Dharam Gulati. The National Film Awards will be handed out in a ceremony later this year.