The winners of 59th National Film Awards are…​

The most prestigious award ceremony has arrived and so have the winners. Although there are no lavish dance performances, no cheap jokes, these are surely the most awaited award functions in India. Before we share the winners list, here are some of the interesting facts about these awards. It was established in 1954, and is administered, along with the International Film Festival of India and the Indian Panorama, by the Indian government’s Directorate of Film Festivals since 1973. The National Film Awards are presented in two main categories: Feature Films and Non-Feature Films. The juries are appointed by the Directorate of Film Festivals in India. And the award ceremony is held in New Delhi, where the President of India presents the awards.

Did you know that the prize money for Best Actor and Actress is Rs 50000? Shocking? Well that’s the standard amount for almost all the winners. But the top most Prize money is for the Best Director and Best Film – Rs 250000. The winners have been declared today but the award ceremony would be held on May 3.

So here is the list of winners of this prestigious award:

  • Best Feature film: ‘Devur’ (Marathi) & ‘Byari’ (Kannada)
  • Best Director: Gurvinder Singh, ‘Anhe Ghorey Da Daan’
  • Best Actor: Girish Kulkarni, ‘Deool’
  • Best Actress: Vidya Balan, ‘The Dirty Picture’
  • Best Supporting Actor: Appu Kutty, ‘Azhagar Samiyin Kuthirai’ (Tamil)
  • Best Editing: Praveen KL for ‘Aranyaa Kandam’
  • Best Debut Film of A Director: ‘Aranya Kaandam’ (Tamil)
  • Best Children’s Film: ‘Chillar Party’
  • Best Singer (Female): Rupa Ganguly
  • Best Singer (Male): Anand Bhate for ‘Bal Gandharva’
  • Best Screenplay (Adapted): ‘Shala’, Avinash Deshpande
  • Special Jury Award: Anjan Dutta for ‘Ranjana Ami Aar Ashbo Na’
  • Best Dialogue: Girish Kulkarni, ‘Deool’
  • Best Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya for ‘I Am’
  • Best Child Artist: Partho Gupte for ‘Stanley Ka Dabba’, and for ‘Chillar Party’: Irfan Khan, Sanath Menon, Rohan Grover, Naman Jain, Aarav Khanna, Vishesh Tiwari, Chinmai Chandranshuh, Vedant Desai and Divji Handa
  • Best Make Up Artist: Vijram Gaekwad for ‘The Dirty Picture’ and ‘Bal Gandharva’
  • Best Special Effects: ‘Ra.One’
  • Best Screenplay (Original): Vikas Behl & Nitish Tiwari for ‘Chillar Party’
  • Best Costume Design: Niharika Khan for ‘The Dirty Picture’ and Neeta Lulla for ‘Bal Gandharva’
  • Best Choreography: Bosco-Caeser for “Senorita…” from ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’
  • Best Hindi Film: ‘I Am’
  • Best Marathi Film: ‘Shaala’
  • Best Kannada Film: ‘Koorma Avatar’
  • Best Bengali Film: ‘Ranjana Ami Aar Ashbona’
  • Best Malayalam Film: ‘Indian Rupee’
  • Best Tamil Film: ‘Vaagai Sooda Vaa’
  • Best Punjabi Film: ‘Anne Gode Da Daan’
  • Best film critic: Manoj P Pujari
  • Indira Gandhi award for debut film director: Thiagarajan Kumararaja for ‘Aaranya Kaandam’
  • Special Mention: Director Shari for ‘Adi Madhyantam’ (Malayalam Film) and Mallika for ‘Byari’ (Kannada Film)
  • Best Book Award: Anirudha Bhattacharjee and Balaji Vittal for the title ‘R.D. Burman The Man, The Music’

So get ready to see the winners on the stage on May 3rd when they will be presented the awards by President of India, Pratibha Devisingh Patil.

Happy Viewing