National Film Awards announced, Amitabh Bachchan, Kangana Ranaut bag top honours

National Award winners : Kangana Ranaut and Amitabh Bachchan

National Award winners : Kangana Ranaut and Amitabh Bachchan

Adding yet another feather in his cap and his sterling career , megastar Amitabh Bachchan was named the Best Actor, while actress Kangana Ranaut was named the Best Actress at the 63rd National Film Awards.

Amitabh, 73, was lauded for his “delectable and delightful portrayal” of an ageing man in “Piku”. It is Big B’s fourth National Award  after Agneepath, Black , Paa.  while Kangana has been appreciated for her spirited  double role performance in “Tanu Weds Manu Returns”.

‘Baahubali’ wins Best Film , directed by SS Rajamouli and released in 2015, ‘Bahubali’ became a global phenomenon in the purest sense of the word courtesy its mesmerizing visual appeal and compelling screenplay. Shot simultaneously in Tamil and Telugu, the epic drama featured Prabhas in the lead role.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali has been awarded Best Director for Bajirao Mastani, which won several other awards. Salman Khan’s Bajrangi Bhaijaan won Best Wholesome Family Entertainer. Baahubali also won the award for Best Special Effects.

Kalki Koechlin won a Special Jury Award for her performance in Margarita, With A Straw. Tanvi Azmi won Best Supporting Actress for Bajirao Mastani. Nanak Shah Fakir won Best Film on National Integration. Masaan won Best Debut for a Director.

Visaranai won Best Tamil Film while Dum Laga Ke Haisha won Best Hindi Film.

Remo D’Souza won Best Choreography for Bajirao Mastani. The film also won Best Production Design, Best Cinematography and other honours.

Piku‘s Juhi Chaturvedi and Tanu Weds Manu Returns‘ Himanshu Sharma shared the award for Best Screenplay and Dialogue. Vishal Bhardwaj won Best Adapted Screenplay for Talvar. ( with IANS and agency inputs)