National Film Awards 2019 highlights: Vicky, Ayushmann win Best Actor, Surekha Sikri receives Best Supporting Actress award
Vice President Venkaiah Naidu distributed the National Film Awards at the Vigyan Bhawan this year. Among those honoured at the event are Bollywood actors Vicky Kaushal and Ayushmann Khurrana, who shared the Best Actor Award for their films Uri: The Surgical Strike and Andhadhun, respectively. President Ram Nath Kovind will reportedly host a high tea for the winners on December 29. Amitabh Bachchan, who could not attend the ceremony on Monday, will be honoured at the event.
Chinmayi Sripaada praises Rahul Ravindran
Chinmayi Sripaada congratulated Rahul Ravindran for winning the National Award for Best Original Screenplay for his directorial debut film, Chi La Sow. She wrote, “Rahul learned to speak, dubbed for all his films, wrote and directed and won awards - all in a language that he learned only 7 years ago. Proud!”
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And @23_rahulr wins The National Award for Best Original Screenplay for his directorial debut film, Chi La Sow.— Chinmayi Sripaada (@Chinmayi) December 23, 2019
Rahul learned to speak, dubbed for all his films, wrote and directed and won awards - all in a language that he learned only 7 years ago.
Neena Gupta congratulates Surekha Sikri
Neena Gupta congratulated her Badhaai co-star, Surekha Sikri for winning the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress for the film. Surekha had played Neena’s mother-in-law in the film.
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Lots of love surekha ji https://t.co/OfN4ALBxOV— Neena Gupta (@Neenagupta001) December 23, 2019
Venkaiah Naidu praises Keerthy Suresh
Vice President Venkaiah Naidu praised South actor Keerthy Suresh for her performance in Mahanati. He said, “The maturity she has shown in acting is amazing.”
Venkaiah Naidu criticises violence and vulgarity in films
Vice President Venkaiah Naidu criticised violence and vulgarity in films and said that a film “should be one for which you can take your wife and daughter”.12:30 PM IST
Venkaiah Naidu: Yoga is for your body, not because of Modi
Vice President Venkaiah Naidu said India is popular among foreigners for three things: culture, cinema and cuisine. Speaking about health and fitness, he said, “Yoga is for your body, not because of Modi.”12:18 PM IST
Vice President Venkaiah Naidu addresses the audience
Vice President Venkaiah Naidu called Amitabh Bachchan “an inspiration to the country”. He also said that women empowerment cannot be left to government alone and films should bring about an attitudinal change in the society.
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Akshay Kumar honoured
Akshay Kumar received the National Award for Best Film on Social Issues - PadMan.
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Ayushmann Khurrana and Vicky Kaushal receive Best Actor award
Actors Ayushmann Khurrana and Vicky Kaushal shared the Best Actor award for their films Andhadhun and Uri, respectively.
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Surekha Sikri receives National Film Award
Surekha Sikri received the Best Supporting Actress award for Badhaai Ho.
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Prakash Javadekar addresses the audience
Minister of Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar says there is a single window system to provide permission for shooting of international films in India. He also said, “We keep very busy as politicians but we clear backlog of two-three films while travelling abroad.”
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Prakash Javedkar praises Akshay, Vicky, Ayushmann
Vicky Kaushal is different in Sanju and entirely different in Uri, this is the capacity of acting.11:44 AM IST
Padmaavat song Ghoomar gets Best Choreography Award
Kruti Mahesh receives National Film Award for Best Choreography for the Padmaavat song Ghoomar. Sanjay Leela Bhansali is also present at the event.
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Andhadhun wins Best Film at the National Film Awards
Director Sriram Raghavan receives the National Film Award for the Best Film -- Andhadhun .
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Keerthy Suresh joins Bollywood actors at the event
South star Keerthy Suresh was seen alongwith Bollywood actors Ayushmann Khurrana, Akshay Kumar and Vicky Kaushal at National Film Awards.
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Akshay Kumar and Vicky Kaushal wear black for the ceremony
Akshay Kumar and Vicky Kaushal sat alongside each other for the 66th National Film Awards at Vigyan Bhawan.
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Divya Dutta and Sonali Kulkarni host the ceremony
Divya Dutta and Sonali Kulkarni are hosting the 66th National Film Awards at Vigyan Bhawan.
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Amitabh Bachchan to be honoured with Dadasaheb Phalke Award in separate ceremony
Another small function to be hosted for Amitabh Bachchan as the actor could not attend the event due to illness.11:00 AM IST
Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu arrives at Vigyan Bhawan
Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu arrives at Vigyan Bhawan for the 66th National Film Awards. The ceremony begins with the national anthem.10:55 AM IST
Here’s why Uri: The Surgical Strike is eligible despite not releasing in 2018
A film is supposed to have earned its certificate from the Central Board of Film Certification from Janurary 1 of that year to December 31 of that year. Uri got its certificate on December 31, 2018, therefore making it eligible for the awards this year itself.10:40 AM IST
Divya Dutta and Sonali Kulkarni turn hosts
Divya Dutta and Sonali Kulkarni are hosting the 66th National Film Awards at Vigyan Bhawan today. Both looking stunning in beige sarees.10:30 AM IST
Akshay Kumar arrives for the event
Akshay Kumar and Vicky Kaushal share a hug as they arrive at the Vigyan Bhawan for the ceremony.10:21 AM IST
Amitabh Bachchan’s note on being conferred with Dadasaheb Phalke Award
Amitabh Bachchan will not attend the event due to illness but had earlier written a note of thanks about being honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award. He wrote, “There is a paucity of words searching a response.. for the generosity of words that pour in ..I am but deeply grateful and most humbled .. my sincerest gratitude. What really resides in the mind shall never be known…and may it never….gratitude and express of immense humbleness..bear supreme today…and love.”10:20 AM IST
Vicky Kaushal and Aditya Dhar arrive for the event
Talking about his film Uri: The Surgical Strike, Vicky Kaushal says “At the end of the day, it was his vision that we were trying to follow. Uri was a decision taken from my gut feeling.”09:58 AM IST
Amitabh Bachchan skips the event
Amitabh Bachchan was to be honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award but the actor has bowed out of the event due to illness. The actor wrote on Twitter that he is down with fever and is not allowed to travel for the ceremony.
T 3584/5/6 -— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) December 22, 2019
Down with fever .. ! Not allowed to travel .. will not be able to attend National Award tomorrow in Delhi .. so unfortunate .. my regrets ..