New Delhi: Marathi film Deool and Byari, both dealing with man's
engagement with religion, shared the best feature film award while Vidya
Balan was named the best actress at the 59th National Awards announced
Deool won its lead star Girish Kulkarni the National
award for best actor at the awards where except for Balan, the awards in
key categories went to regional films.
Directed by Umesh
Kulkarni, Deool is a wonderfully authentic depiction of village life and a
penetrating account of commercialisation of religion.
"It is a
great moment for us as we worked hard on the film for two years. It was a
closely knit team. It is very encouraging for us who want to make movies
without compromising on content. I am really happy for Girish. He is a
very versatile and genuine actor," Umesh said.
Byari, the first
feature film in the Byari language, conveys the trauma of a woman who has
to deal with unjust religious strictures.
Gurvinder Singh from
Punjab won the best direction award for his film Anhe Ghorey Da Daan.
film Azhagarsamiyin Kuthirai was named the best popular film while its
lead Appu Kutty won the best supporting actor award.
Tonthoingambi Devi was named the best supporting actress for her role in
Manipuri film Phijigee Mani.
Onir's I Am, a compilation four
different stories about identity, was named the best Hindi film. The film
also won in the best lyrics category for Amitabh Bhattacharya-written Agar
"I am numb right now, this is so unexpected! It gives me
so much strength to continue with such work. This award comes at a time
when I was disheartened that I Am didn't get due recognition. And now it
has been noticed by the most prestigious award of our country," said Onir.
film's star Sanjay Suri said, "The award is a double achievement for me as
an actor and a producer. These awards are so out of reach and being
acknowledged by them is a proud moment."
Bollywood films won in
children's film categories with Salman Khan's Chillar Party bagging the
best children film award while 10 kid stars from the film shared the best
child artist award with Partho Gupte from Stanley Ka Dabba.
Behl and Manish Tiwari won the original screenplay award for Chillar
Party, while the adapted screenplay award went to Avinash Deshpande Nigdi
for Marathi film Shala.
Bosco-Caeser won the best choreography
award for the song Senorita from Bollywood film Zindagi Naa Milegi Dobara
while Shah Rukh Khan starrer Ra.One was given the award for best special