The winners of the 68th National Film Awards announced the winners for the year 2020 on Friday. The Best Feature Film award has been bagged by the Tamil movie ‘Soorarai Pottru’ directed by Sudha Kongara. The film has won a total of four awards, including Best Actor award for Suriya and the Best Actress award for Aparna Balamurali. The film also won best screenplay and Best Music Director award.
‘Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior’ grabbed the Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment and Ajay Devagan won the Best Actor Award for the movie. Nachiket Barve & Mahesh Sherla won the best costume designer award for Tanhaji.
Director Madonne Ashwin, who made his directorial debut with Mandela, claimed two awards, including best dialogue and best debut feature film. The Tamil movie Sivaranjiniyum Innum Sila Pengalum directed by Vasanth S Rai bagged the award for the best feature film in Tamil. Sreekar Prasad, won best editing award for the movie, and actor Lakshmi Priya Chandramouli, who played the role of Sivaranjani, clinched the award for best supporting actress.
Another South Indian movie which made had a big win is Malayalam movie Ayyapanum Koshiyum. Sachidanandan KR won the best Director award for Ayyappanum Koshiyum. The other awards won by the movie includes bestfemale playback singer, won by Nanjamma, Biju Menon won the best supporting actor male. The movie also bagged the award for for the best stunt choreography by Rajasekhar, Mafia Sasi and Supreme Sundar.
Colour Photo won the Best Film Awardfor Telugu. The best music direction award was won by S Thaman Telugu film Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo.
Thinkalazcha Nishchayam won the best Malayalam film award, Dollu won the best Kannada movie award. Best Hindi film was claimed by Toolsidas Junior.
Madhya Pradesh won the Most Film Friendly State award, while Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh got Special Mention. ‘The Longest Kiss’ by Kishwar Desai won the Best Book on Cinema for the year, while Malayalam book ‘MT Anunahvangalude Pusthakam’ and Odia book ‘Kali Paine Kalira Cinema’ won special mention.
The Jury comprised eminent filmmakers and film personalities from across the Indian cine-world.
The awards were announced by Chitrartha Singh, Chairperson, Non-Feature Jury, Anant Vijay, Chairperson, Best Writing on Cinema Jury and Dharam Gulati, Feature Film Jury (Member – Central Panel) in presence of Neerja Sekhar, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.