#66thNationalFilmAwards: Everything You Want to Know is Here!

Look at full winners list of the 66th National Film Awards 2018. Ayushmann Khurrana and Vicky Kaushal were named Best Actors, and the Best Actress award went to Keerthy Suresh.

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#66thNationalFilmAwards: Everything You Want to Know is Here!

Since 1954, The National Film Awards is the most prominent film award ceremony in India. Generally, the announcements of the recipients of the National Film Awards are made in April, and on May 3 every year, the presentation takes place, but owing to the Lok Sabha polls, it was delayed this time. And, finally, after a phenomenally long wait, the winners of the 66th National Film Awards have been announced.

The announcement of the awards was held at Shastri Bhawan in New Delhi on 9th August. Early that day, the reports concerning awards are submitted by the jury members to Information and Broadcasting Minister with their final recommendations in different categories.

Prakash Javadekar told the media, in which he said,

“They made a lot of efforts for the last two months. I am very sure that they would have picked the best films, the best directors. They will announce that at the press conference today. This is 66th year of film awards and they have become a prestigious institute.”

Jury head Rahul Rawail, Jury head for the best writing Utpal Bhojpuri, and Non-feature film jury head AS Kanal were present at the announcement session.

In the event, a short film inspired by events from the childhood days of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, ‘Chalo Jeete Hain,’ also won the National Award for the Best non-feature film on family values.

However, it is revealed that A S Kanal, the chairman of the non-feature film jury, had no idea about the film being inspired by PM's childhood. And, they judged it based on its content only.

Mangesh Hadawale, Director of the film, and Mahaveer Jain, producer, in a joint statement, said,

"With extreme gratitude and humility we accept this great honour and dedicate this award to our hard-working and most inspiring Prime Minister Shri Narendra Damodardas Modi."

Besides that, Keerthy Suresh, for her performance in Telugu film Mahanati, has been declared the Best Actress at the 66th National Film Awards. Suresh states that she always wanted to win it for her mother.

Keerthy said,

“My mother was supposed to win the National Award for her first Malayalam movie. She was loved for her role. The movie got 10-11 national awards and she was expecting one. There were last minute changes and it didn’t happen. She always used to talk about it. I thought I should fulfill her dream and that is one of the reasons I got into acting.”

Along with that, Mahanati seized two more National Awards for Best Telugu film (regional) as well as Best Costume.

She added,

“It’s a hat-trick. It’s the hard work of the entire team, especially costumes. A lot of effort has gone behind it.”

Another interesting fact about the event is, this year, there were two winners for the Best Actor award. Yes, Vicky Kaushal was declared the best actor for his work in Uri, and meanwhile, Ayushmann Khurrana also became the joint winner for his performance in AndhaDhun.

Moreover, AndhaDhun directed by Sriram Raghavan received the Best Film (Hindi) award.

Additionally, Bhonga starring Amol Kagne and Kapil Kamble Gudsurkar received the Best Marathi Film National Award, and Baaram was declared as the Best Tamil Film, whereas Hamid was announced as the Best Urdu Film.

Similarly,  Rima Das' Bulbul Can Singh bagged Best Assamese Film award.

By winning the Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment at National Film Awards 2018,  'Badhaai Ho' starring Ayushmann Khurrana also found itself in the center of all the attraction.

In total, 'Badhaai Ho' has bagged two prestigious awards at the National Film Awards 2018 as veteran actress Surekha Sikri, who played the Dadi, has also won the National Award for the Best Supporting Actress for the film.

Amit Ravindernath Sharma, Director of Badhaai Ho, says,

“This is overwhelming...When we made this film we didn't expect it to receive this reception . It's nothing short of a dream come true to have Chrome's first film production win a National award.”

Meanwhile, many social-media users raised one question of how Vicky Kaushal's Uri win 4 National Film Awards for the year 2018, since the film released in 2019.

For example, one user wrote,

“Hold on, #Uri released this year.. How is it eligible for #NationalFilmAwards already?! 🤷🏽‍♂️”

But here is the thing. A film needs to have received its certificate from the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) from January 1 of that year till December 31 to enter the race for National Film Awards. And, Uri received its certificate on December 31, 2018; hence, it became eligible for the National Awards this year itself.

And the Entire List of 66th National Film Awards Winners is Here:

Most film-friendly state: Uttarakhand

Best book on cinema: Malayalam Book Mano Prarthana Pulley; In A Cult Of Their Own gets Special Mention

Best Film Critic: Blase Johnny (Malayalam), Ananth Vijay (Hindi)

Non-Feature Film Category

Best Film on Family Values: Chalo Jeete Hain

Best Short Fiction Film: Kharvas

Social Justice Film: Why Me

Best Investigation Film: Amoli

Best Sports Film: Swimming Through The Darkness

Best Educational Film: Sarala Virala

Best Film on Social Issue: Taala Te Kunjee

Best Environmental Film: The World's Most Famous Tiger

Best Promotional Film: Rediscovering Jajam

Best Film on Science and Technology: G.D.Naidu : The Edison Of India

Best Arts and Cultural Film: Bunkar: The Last of The Varanasi Weavers

Best Debut Non-Feature Film of a Director: Sagnik Chatterjee for Feluda_50 Years Rays Detective

Best Non-Feature Film: Sunrise, The Secret Life of Frogs

Feature Films:

Actors who got a special mention for their performance: Sruthi Hariharan, Chandrachud Rai, Josy Joseph, Savitri

Best Rajasthani Film: Turtle

Best Pangchenpa Film: In The Land Of Poison Women

Best Garo Film: Ma'ama

Best Marathi Film: Bhonga

Best Tamil Film: Baaram

Best Hindi Film: Andhadhun

Best Urdu Film: Hamid

Best Bengali Film: Ek Je Chhilo Raja

Best Malayalam Film: Sudani From Nigeria

Best Telugu Film: Mahanati

Best Kannada Film: Nathicharami

Best Konkani Film: Amori

Best Assamese Film: Bulbul Can Sing

Best Punjabi Film: Harjeeta

Best Gujarati Film: Reva

Best Choreography: Kruti Mahesh Midya and Jyothi D Tommaar for Ghoomar, Padmaavat

Best Music Director: Padmaavat

Best Special Effect: Awe, KGF

Best Music Direction: Sanjay Leela Bhansali for Padmaavat

Best Background Music Award: Uri: The Surgical Strike

Best Makeup Artist: Ranjith for Awe

Best Costume Designer: Rajshree Patnaik, Gaurang Shah and Archana Rao for Mahanati

Best Action: KGF: Chapter 1

Best Lyrics: Nathicharami

Best Production Design: Kammara Sambhavam

Best Editing: Nathicharami

Best Audiography: Tendlya, Uri, and Rangasthalam

Best Sound Design: Uri

Best Mixed Track: Rangasthalam

Best Original Screenplay: Chi La Sow

Best Adapted Screenplay: Andhadhun

Best Dialogue: Tarikh

Best Cinematography: Olu (Malayalam) to MJ Radhakrishnan

Best Female Playback Singer: Bindu Mani for Mayavi Manave from Nathicharami

Best Male Playback Singer: Arijit Singh for Binte Dil from Padmaavat

Best Film on Social Issues: Pad Man

Best Supporting Actress: Surekha Sikri for Badhaai Ho

Best Supporting Actor: Swanand Kirkire for Chumbak

Best Actor: Ayushmann Khurrana, Andhadhun, and Vicky Kaushal, Uri

Best Actress: Keerthy Suresh for Mahanati

Best Direction: Aditya Dhar for Uri

Best Feature Film: Hellaro (Gujarati)

Best Children's Film: Sarkari. Hi. Pra. Shale Kasaragodu, Koduge

Best Child Actors: PV Rohith for Ondalla Eradalla (Kannada), Sameep Singh for Harjeeta (Punjabi), Talha Arshad Reshi for Hamid (Urdu), Shrinivas Pokale for Naal(Marathi)

Best Film on Environment Conservation: Paani

Nargis Dutt Award for National Integration: Ondalla Eradalla

Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment: Badhaai Ho

Jury Awards: Kedara (Bengali), Hellaro (Gujarati)

Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of A Director: Sudhakar Reddy Yakanthi for Naal

A Big Congratulations to All the National Award Winners!