Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s controversial Padmaavat dominated this year’s National Awards as the film won three honours in different categories. The film won awards for Best Music Director, Best Choreography for the song Ghoomar and Best Male Playback Singer for Arijit Singh (Binte Dil).
Also stealing the thunder at this year’s National Awards was Vicky Kaushal-starrer Uri. Aditya Dhar was awarded the Best Director, while Vicky shared the Best Actor prize with Ayushmann Khurrana. Uri also won awards for the Best Background Music and Sound Design. Ayushmann had his own reasons to celebrate as two of his films, AndhaDhun and Badhaai Ho, were honoured when the jury head Rahul Rawail made the announcement of this year’s winners. While AndhaDhun won Best Hindi Film, director-writer Sriram Raghavan won Adapted Screenplay award.
Akshay Kumar’s Padman won the award for Best Film on Social Issues. Gujarati film Hellaro directed by Abhishek Shah won the Best Feature Film award. Kannada language film Nathicharami won the awards for Best Feature Film in Kannada, Best Lyrics (Mansore), Best Editing (Nagendra K Ujjani) and Best Female Playback singer (Bindhu Malini). Telugu actress Keerthy Suresh won Best Actress for her performance in Mahanati, which also won Best Telugu Film. In Marathi language, lyricist Swanand Kirkire won the Best Supporting Actor for Chumbak.
Badhaai Ho won the prize for Wholesome Entertainment and with the film’s actress Sulekha Sikri winning the Best Supporting Actress award.
Ondalla Eradalla (Kannada) was adjudged the Best Film On National Integration. MJ Radhakrishnan won the Best Cinematography award for Olu (Malayalam).
Paani won the best film award on environmental issues.
PV Rohith (Kannada), Sameep Singh (Punjabi), Talha Arshad Reshi (Urdu) and Shrinivas Pokale (Marathi) were declared winners of Best Child Artist awards. Sarkari Area Prathamika Shaale Kasaragod won the Best Children’s film award.