The 69th National Film Awards cast a spotlight on outstanding talents within the Indian film industry, with some of the most notable names in the business walking away with well-deserved accolades.
Kriti Sanon’s Triumph and Dedication
“Mimi” actor Kriti Sanon’s infectious smile was matched only by her enthusiasm as she bagged the coveted title of Best Actress. Sharing the honor with Alia Bhatt from “Gangubai Kathiawadi,” Sanon expressed her gratitude for the recognition, stating, “This film (‘Mimi’) will now hold a special place in my filmography for life.” Her co-star, Pankaj Tripathi, secured the Best Supporting Actor award, dedicating it to his late father.
“Gangubai Kathiawadi” and Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Triumph
Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s cinematic mastery shone through as “Gangubai Kathiawadi” clinched five awards, including Best Screenplay Writer (Adapted) for Bhansali himself. He hailed the victory as a triumph for good cinema and expressed his joy, saying, “As long as cinema is celebrated from all over India, it is a wonderful moment for all of us.”
“Sardar Udham” Pays Tribute to Late Irrfan Khan
The team behind “Sardar Udham” dedicated their five National Awards to the memory of the late actor Irrfan Khan, who was originally slated to play the titular character. The film’s recognition adds another layer of tribute to Khan’s illustrious legacy.
“Rocketry: The Nambi Effect” and a Director’s Dedication
R. Madhavan’s directorial debut, “Rocketry: The Nambi Effect,” took home the prize for Best Feature Film. Madhavan, in a heartfelt tribute, dedicated the award to his parents and Nambi Narayanan, the former ISRO scientist who inspired the film.
A Marathi Marvel: “Godavari” and Nikhil Mahajan
Nikhil Mahajan’s Marathi film “Godavari” claimed the Best Director award, a testament to the film’s emotional resonance. Mahajan expressed gratitude to his parents, cast, and crew, dedicating the award to his late father.
“RRR” Triumphs on Multiple Fronts
“RRR” emerged triumphant with six awards, showcasing its prowess across various aspects. From best music direction and special effects to best action direction and choreography, the film left its mark on the awards stage.
A Message of Unity in “The Kashmir Files”
“The Kashmir Files,” directed by Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri, secured the Nargis Dutt award for best film on national integration. Agnihotri dedicated the award to victims of terrorism, particularly Kashmiri Hindus, reaffirming the film’s role as their voice.
The 69th National Film Awards were marked not only by accolades but also by heartfelt dedications. From remembering late icons to honoring communities affected by terrorism, the awardees added depth and meaning to their triumphs.