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 heroine 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 film too.
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. Fashion designer Neeta Lulla, who styled actress Aishwarya Rai in the film, has won the best costume designer award.
Nandita Das’ directorial debut “Firaaq”, which was based on the 2002 Gujarat riots, has 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” directed by Nishikant Kamat has got the award for best special effects (Govardhan), and “Thanks Maa” has got Shams Patel the best child artist award.
The award for best direction has gone to Bala for Tamil film “Naan Kadauul”, while the best actor is Upendra Limaye for Marathi film “Jogva”.
Bengali film “Antaheen”, directed by Annirudh Roy-Chowdhary, has won four awards including for best feature film.