National Awards for Priyanka Chopra, Kangana and Arjun Rampal
Bollywood's influence was clearly visible at the 56th National award. While Priyanka won the Rajat Kamal for Best Actress for her powerful performance as an aspiring model in Fashion, Priyanka's Fashion co-star Kangana Ranaut won the award for Best Supporting Actress, wherein Arjun Rampal was privileged in the Best Supporting Actor category for his role in Rock On. "I am honoured and happy. I work for the love of films and not for winning awards," said Priyanka who admitted that she was not expecting such a big honor.
Marathi actor Limaye won in the Best Actor category for his performance in the social drama Jogva. Ace cinematographer V K Murthy was awarded the esteemed Dada Saheb Phalke Award by President Pratibha Patil.
President Patil appreciates Murthy's work and said his contribution to the world of cinematography is extremely relevant at a time when elsewhere around the world, newer and superior techniques are being tried out to bring to the audience a better viewing experience. Best Feature Film award went to Bengali movie Antaheen which is also honored for Best Cinematography, Best Lyrics (song 'Pherari mon') and Best Female Playback Singer (Shreya Ghoshal).
Director Aniruddha Roy Choudhary was thoroughly delighted said “Nothing beats the National Awards and the recognition also puts added responsibility on us to better ourselves. The feeling is incomparable," Antaheen.
Producer Ronnie Screwwala and director Neeraj Pandey was honored by Indira Gandhi Award for Best First film for A Wednesday while director Dibakar Banerjee's film Oye Lucky! Lucy Oye was recognized as the Best Popular Film.
It’s a double delight for Producer Ronnie Screwwala who also produced Fashion said "As a producer it was a tough decision to take up something like A Wednesday. The tougher the decision, the more the pride so I am a happy man today."
56th National Film Award ceremony was hosted by film actors Divya Dutta and Ashutosh Rana which happened for the first time in the history of National Awards.
Best Hindi film award was received by producer-actor Farhan Akhtar and director Abhishek Kapoor for Rock-on. Jugal Hansraj's Roadside Romeo won the award for Best Animation Film while Director Abhaya Simha received the honour for Best Children's Film for the Kannada movie Gubbachigalu.
A record number of entries across all categories were received this year for National awards and 130 awardees in 69 sections honored with their Swarn and Rajat Kamal medals with cash rewards.