Actor Dhanush shared the Best Actor award with Manoj Bajpayee at the 67th National Film Awards that were announced in New Delhi today.
While Dhanush won the Best Actor award for his fiery performance in Vetrimaaran’s Tamil film Asuran, Bajpayee won it for Bhosle.
Asuran made it a double, picking along the way the award for Best Feature Film in Tamil as well.
Professionals from the southern film industries, in particular Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam, made a spectacular comeback this year, with Tamil and Malayalam film industry professionals walking away with top honours in at least six categories each at the National Awards.
Vijay Sethupathi, who played the role of a transgender in Thiagarajan Kumararaja’s Super Deluxe, was selected as the Best Supporting Actor while D Imman won the Award for Best songs in Viswasam.
Director Partheipan’s one man Tamil film, Otha Seruppu size 7, won the National Award for Jury’s choice Special Mention.
Naga Vishal, that little kid who stole our hearts in the Tamil film K D Engira Karuppu Durai, won the Award for Best Child Artiste while Resul Pookutty won the award for Best Audiography yet again.
Jersey won the Best Telugu film award, while Kalla Nottam won the Best Malayalam film award. Chhichhore won the Best Hindi film award.
The Best Stunt Award went to Kannada feature film Avane Srimannarayana and the award for Best Choreography went to Raju Sundaram for the Telugu film Maharishi.
Priyadarshan’s historical film Marakkar Arabikadalinte Simham won the award for Best Feature film. It also went on to win awards for Best VFX and Best Costume Design. The impressive Malayalam film Helen won the Indira Gandhi Award for the Best Debut film director.