67th National Film Awards: From Best Actor to Best Film, south Indian films make a record haul


It received’t be mistaken to say that south Indian filmmakers and artists dominated the 67th National Awards, which have been introduced on Monday. The awards recognised the perfect films and performances that occurred within the yr 2019. This occasion, which was supposed to be held in May final yr, was delayed owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As many as 15 films from south India received high honours in numerous widespread classes, together with non-feature films. Wildlife photographers Amoghavarsha and Kalyan Varma’s wildlife movie, Wild Karnataka bagged two awards together with Best Voice Over Artist (Sir David Attenborough) and Best Exploration Film.

And it was whole domination of types by the south Indian filmmakers within the characteristic movie classes. Director Priyadarshan and Mohanlal’s most bold movie to date, Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham took house three awards, together with the coveted Best Feature Film. It was a dream undertaking of the actor-director duo as they nurtured the will to make this film for almost a decade. Set in sixteenth century Kerala, the movie follows the battle exploits of probably the most embellished naval chief of Zamorin, Kunjali Marakkar IV. The Rs 100-crore magnum opus additionally received awards for particular results (Siddharth Priyadarshan) and costumes (Sujith Sudhakaran and V. Sai). The movie was delayed by over a yr within the mild of the pandemic. It is now due in cinemas on April 13.

Dhanush additionally bagged his second National Award for Best Actor for his work in director Vetrimaaran’s Asuran. His efficiency as a survivor of the evils of a casteist society obtained a lot of appreciation. He shares this high honour with Manoj Bajpayee, who received this award for his efficiency as a terminally sick affected person in Bhonsle. Asuran has additionally been named the Best Tamil movie, which can be Vetrimaaran’s third movie to win high honours on the National Awards after Aadukalam (2010) and Visaranai (2015).

Vijay Sethupathi bagged his first National Award for his efficiency in director Thiagarajan Kumararaja’s hyperlink movie, Super Deluxe. He had performed the position of a transgender and delivered a realised efficiency in throwing the sunshine on the abuse and violence confronted by the LGBTQ neighborhood. He was conferred the Best Supporting Actor (Male) for this efficiency.

Talking about appearing, younger actor Naga Vishal received Best Child Artist for his work in director Madhumitha’s KD Engira Karuppudurai.

Actor-filmmaker R. Parthiepan wrote, directed, produced and acted in Oththa Seruppu Size 7. The single actor movie received two awards, together with Special Jury Awards and Best Audiography. “I would like to let all my media friends to know that this award is shared between my self and my co mixer Shri.Bibin Dev…Don’t miss to add his name… thanks . (sic),” tweeted Oscar-winning sound designer Resul Pookutty, who additionally labored on Oththa Seruppu Size 7.

And an surprising winner of the 67th National Award was composer D Imman. His rating for famous person Ajith’s blockbuster movie Viswasam took house award for Best Music Direction. “I’m deeply humbled with National award announcement for Best Music Director Category. Its pure joy to receive national level recognition for Tamil music! (sic),” he wrote on his Twitter web page.

Besides Marakkar, different works of Malayalam filmmakers, technicians, and actors additionally made a important haul on the National Awards. Newcomer director Mathukutty Xavier received Best Debut Film of a Director for his survival drama Helen. The movie’s make-up artiste Ranjith additionally received an award for his work within the movie.

Director Sajin Baabu’s movie pageant circuit favorite Biriyaani bagged Special Mention, whereas director Manoj Kana’s Kenjira, which was named second-best movie in Kerala State Film Awards final yr, was accorded with Best Paniya Award. The movie was primarily based on the lives of individuals within the Paniya tribal neighborhood of Wayanad. In a very satisfying win, cinematographer Girish Gangadharan received the Best Cinematography award for Jallikattu, which was India’s official entry for the upcoming Oscars. And lyricist Prabha Varma received Best Lyrics award for the track “Arodum Parayuka Vayya” from director T. Ok. Rajeev Kumar’s Kolaambi. And Rahul Riji Nair’s Kalla Nottam (The False Eye) received the Best Film within the Malayalam language.

Jersey, starring Nani and Shraddha Srinath, was awarded Best Film within the Telugu language. The movie’s editor Naveen Nooli additionally received the Best Editing award. Meanwhile, choreographer Raju Sundaram received the award for Best Choreography in director Vamshi Paidipally’s Maharshi. The movie, starring Mahesh Babu within the lead position, additionally received Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment.

Director Manoj Kumar’s Akshi was named Best Film within the Kannada language. Actor-filmmaker Rakshit Shetty starrer Avane Srimannarayana was recognised for its smooth stunt sequences. The movie’s stunt choreographer Vikram Mor obtained the award for Best Action Direction.


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