RRR makes history with six wins at 69th National Film Awards; Alia Bhat, Kriti Sanon share Best actress honour

The Oscar winner Indian feature film ‘RRR’ wins India’s National award in the popular film category on Thursday as 69th National Film Awards 2023 were announced in New Delhi, India.

S.S. Rajamouli’s ‘RRR’ made history with six prestigious awards at the India’s annual National Award ceremony as M.M. Keeravani won Best Music Direction (Background music); best male playback singer singer for Kaala Bhairava; special effects for Srinivas Mohan; best stunt choreography for King Solomon and Prem Rakshith bagged best dance choreography.

The ceremony honoured the best feature and non-feature Indian films produced across languages in the calendar year 2021.

While actor R. Madhavan’s directorial debut ‘Rocketry’ won best film category, Nikhil Mahajan won best director for his Marathi-language drama ‘Godavari’. Alia Bhat and Kriti Sanon bagged best actress awards for Gangubai Kathiawadi and Mimi respectively.

The best actor award went to actor Allu Arjun for Telugu-language action drama ‘Pushpa’, while actor Pankaj Tripathi and actress Pallavi Joshi won in best supporting role category for ‘Mimi’ and ‘The Kashmir Files’ respectively.

Director Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri’s ‘The Kashmir Files’—which sparked a huge controversy due its alleged false presentation of the event on the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits between 1989-1995—won the Nargis Dutt Award for Best feature film on National Integration.

Pan Nalin’s the ‘Last film Show (Chhello Show)’ won the best Gujarati-language film actor Bhavin Rabari won the best child actor awards for the same. The film was also India’s entry to the Oscars in the international feature category.

Vishnu Mohan won best debut film award for his Malayalam-language drama thriller ‘Meppadian’ and Reema Borah’s ‘Anunaad–The Resonance’ won the best film on social issues award. The special jury award was given to Vishnuvardhan’s ‘Shershaah’ and Srishti Lakhera’s ‘Ek Tha Gaon’ won the best non-feature film.

Krishand’s ‘Aavasavyuham’ bagged the national award for Best Film on Environment Conservation/Preservation.

While Shahi Kabir won best original screenplay for ‘Nayattu’, Avik Mukhopadhayay won best cinematography for ‘Sardar Udham’ alongside best Hindi-language film.

Referring the award ceremony, Anurag Thakur, Minister for Information and Broadcasting said, “It was a very tough competition between all the films in every category. My congratulations and best wishes are with the winners. Today India is the largest film maker in the world. We have the potential to become the content hub of the world. This is our time. Today our films are being recognized all over the world, be it BAFTA or the Oscars.”

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