Bollywood ruled the 56th National Film Awards Saturday, bagging as many as 13 awards, with films like Fashion, Rock On!!, Firaaq and Jodha Akbar winning two awards each in various categories. But Bengali film Antaheen won the best feature film award and three more.
While Madhur Bhandarkar's Fashion, a dark tale about the Indian fashion industry, won its lead Priyanka Chopra the best actress award and got Kangana Ranaut the best supporting actress honour, Farhan Akhtar's cult music-based film Rock On got the best Hindi film award. Actor Arjun Rampal won the best supporting actor for the same film.
In a post on micro-blogging website Twitter after the win, Priyanka who portrayed the role of a aspiring model in the film, wrote, “Won the National Award for fashion! Aaaaaaaahhhh! Too excited!! God is kind and so are all of u!(sic)." The 27-year-old actress also thanked her cast and congratulated her co-star Kangna Ranaut.
Ashutosh Gowariker's epic Jodha Akbar won Chinni Prakash and his wife Rekha Prakash the best choreography award for the song Azeem-o-shaan shehenshah, a number that depicts dance forms of different Indian states. Designer Neeta Lulla, who styled actress Aishwarya Rai in the film, won the best costume designer award.
Nandita Das' directorial debut Firaaq, based on the 2002 Gujarat riots, won the awards for best editing (A. Sreekar Prasad) and best art direction (Gautam Sen).
Even films like A Wednesday, Roadside Romeo, Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!, Mumbai Meri Jaan and Thanks Maa took one award each.
While Neeraj Pandey's A Wednesday has bagged the Indira Gandhi award for Best First Film of a director, Yash Raj Films' Roadside Romeo bagged the best animation film.
Dibakar Banerjee's satirical Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! has been adjudged the best popular film providing wholesome entertainment, Mumbai Meri Jaan won the award for best special effects (Govardhan), and Thanks Maa has got Shams Patel the best child artist award.