Akshay Kumar wins National Award for ‘Rustom’


Akshay Kumar won the Best Actor for his film ‘Rustom’ at the 64th National Film Awards announced at the National Media Centre in New Delhi on Friday, April 7. This is Akshay’s first National Award, and the movie was based on the on the real life incident of Naval Commander K M Nanavati who was tried in court for murder of his wife’s lover in 1959.

Neerja’ was adjudged the Best Hindi Feature Film, while its lead actress Sonam Kapoor got a special mention by the jury. The Ram Madhvani directorial was a biopic on the life of 23-year-old flight attended Neerja Bhanot who sacrificed her life to save the passengers of a highjacked flight in 1986.

Amitabh Bachchan’s ‘Pink’ has been awarded the Best Film on Social Issue, while ‘Dangal’ girl Zaira Wasim received the Best Supporting Actress. Ajay Devgn’s ‘Shivaay’ got the award for Best VFX. Priyanka Chopra’s Marathi production ‘Ventilator’ was given the Best Editing and Sound Mixing Award, while its director Rajesh Mapuskar bagged the Best Director award.   

Filmmaker Priyadarshan was the chairperson of the jury in feature films category, while nationally acclaimed cinematographer and a writer Raju Misra chaired the non-feature category. The jury considered 344 films from 26 languages for the feature films category of awards.

The awards will be given away at a ceremony to be held on May 3, 2017.

Following is the complete list of 64th National Film Award winners:

Best Actor - Akshay Kumar for film Rustom

Best Actress - Surabhi Lakshmi for Minnaminunge

Best Film - Kasav

Best Director - Rajesh Mapuskar for Ventilator

Best Film on Social Issues - Pink

Best Supporting Actor - Manoj Joshi for Dashkriya

Best Supporting Actress - Zaira Wasim for Dangal

Best Environmental Film - The Tiger Who Crossed the Line

Best Hindi Feature Film - Neerja

Best Marathi Film - Dashakriya

Best Kannada Film - Reservation

Best Bengali Film - Bisarjan

Best Children’s Film - Dhanak

Special Mention Award - The Eyes of Darkness

Best VFX Award - Shivaay

Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Director - Deep Chaudari  for Khalifa (Bengali)

Best Action Director and Stunt Choreographer - Peter Haines for Pulimurugan

Best Editing and Sound Mixing - Ventilator

Best Female Playback Singer - Iman Chakraborty for Tumi Jake Bhalobaso

Best Animation - Mahayoddha Rama

Best Production Design - Tamil film 24

Best Book on Cinema - Lata Surgatha

Best Movie Critic - G Dhananjayan

Uttar Pradesh was announced as the Most film friendly state by the jury and Jharkhan got a special mention.