Kangana Ranaut and Amitabh Bachchan have received National Awards for their films, Tanu Weds manu Returns and Piku respectively.
While the Queen star attended the National Awards in New Delhi with her father, mother, sister and brother to recieve her third National award, Abhishek Bachchan and wife Aishwarya Rai Bachchan accompanied their Paa.
This is Amitabh Bachchan’s fourth national award. The actor first won a national award for best actor for Agneepath in 1990.
His next two national award wins happened in 2005 and 2009 for Black and Paa respectively.
The National Awards, announced on March 28, were criticised for honouring mainstream films such as Baahubali and Bajirao Mastani while ignoring other critically acclaimed works.
Meanwhile, Kangana’s father Amardeep Ranaut said it was a proud moment to see his daughter receive her third National Award from President Pranab Mukherjee.
“... I am very happy. I am a proud father and it is a matter of great pride,” he said.
The 29-year-old actress stood out in an off-shoulder shimmery light blue gown.
She teamed her gown with a classic bob, which is similar to the look that she will be seen sporting in her upcoming film Rangoon.
Kangana stood out in an off-shoulder shimmery light blue gown. (HT Photo)
Unlike the traditional attire opted by Indian celebrities for such events, Kangana usually goes for international cotour. She had opted for a dust pink gown by India-born designer Bibhu Mohapatra in the 2014 National Awards where she was honoured for her role in Queen.
Her third National award was in the best supporting actress category for Fashion.
As she arrived, Kangana greeted Amitabh Bachchan and his family who were sitting in the front row. Bachchan won the best actor honour, his fourth National Award, for his role in Piku.
The ceremony was a welcome respite for the actress, who is engaged in a bitter fight with her Kites co-star Hrithik Roshan. Both the stars have slapped legal notices on each other besides engaging in a public row.
Hrithik says he never had a relationship with Kangana after she referred to him as a “silly ex” in an interview. The actor claims that the actress was corresponding with his imposter.
Kangana, however, maintains they had a relationship while accusing the actor of engaging in slut-shaming by releasing her private emails to him.
Since 2012, the prestigious National Film Awards ceremony is held every May 3 to commemorate the release date of the first Indian movie, Raja Harishchandra, a silent project by Dadasaheb Phalke.
Here’s the complete list of winners:
Best Film: Baahubali
Best Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali (Bajirao Mastani)
Best Actor: Amitabh Bachchan (Piku)
Best Actress: Kangana Ranaut (Tanu Weds Manu Returns)
Best Hindi Film: Dum Laga Ke Haisha
Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film Of A Director: Neeraj Ghaywan (Masaan)
Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment: Bajrangi Bhaijaan
Best Choreography: Remo D’Souza (Deewani Mastani song in Bajirao Mastani)
Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration: Nanak Shah Fakir
Best Malayalam Film: Pathemari
Best Film on Social Issue: Niranayakam
Best Film on Environment Conservation/Preservation: Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal
Best Children’s Film: Duronto
Best Tamil Film: Visaaranai
Best Telugu Film: Kanche
Best Sanskrit Film: Priyamanasam
Best Kannada Film: Thithi
Best Punjabi Film: Chauthi Koot
Best Konkani Film: Enemy
Best Assamese Film: Kothanodi
Best Haryanvi Film: Satrangi
Best Khasi Film: Onaatah
Best Manipuri Film: Eibusu Yaohanbiyu
Best Mizo Film: Kima’s Lode Beyond the Class
Best Odia Film: Pahada Ra Luha
Special Mention: Ritika Singh for the film Irudhi Suttru
(With PTI inputs)