Regional films dominated the 59th National film awards winning top honours, including best feature film and best actor titles.
Marathi film Deool and Kannada movie Byari won the best feature film award, while Gurvinder Singh won the best direction award for the Punjabi film Anhe Ghorey Da Daan.
The film also won the best Punjabi film award.
It was a proud moment fopr Marathi film industry, Girish kulkarni won the best actor and best dialogues award for the film Deool.
Whereas, Shala, directed by debutant Sujay Dahake, won the best Marathi film award. Avinash Deshpande won the best adapted screenplay award for the same movie.
Anand Bhate and Vikram Gaikwad bagged best playback singer and best makeup designer award for the film Bal Gandharva respectively.
Tamil film “Azhagarsamiyin Kuthirai” was named the best popular film while its lead Appu Kutty won the best supporting actor award. While, Thiayagarajan Kumararajah\\\’s maiden venture Aaranya Kaandam won the award for the best film by a debutant director. KL Praveen won the best editing award for the same movie.
\\\’Byari\\\’ star Mallika was given a special mention, as was Sherry for directing Malayalam film “Adimadhyantham”.
The Northeast also made rich haul of honours at the 59th National film awards. Journalist Manoj Barpujari from Assam was awarded the Best Film Critic award in both Assamese and English languages and Manipuri actress won the best supporting actress award for the film \\\’Phijlgee Mami\\\’.
In non feature category, Imphal-based journalist Borun Thokchom\\\’s film The Silent Poet, which shows 15 minutes of unused footages of \\\’Iron lady\\\’ Irom Sharmila\\\’s life under custody, won the best debut film of a director award.
Roopa Ganguly won the award for the best playback singer in the female category for the Bengali film \\\’Abosheyshey\\\’.
Composer Neel Dutt won the best songs award for Bengali rock musical \\\’Ranjana Ami Ar Ashbo Na\\\’, which won a special jury award. Mayookh Bhaumik bagged the background score honour for Bengali film \\\’Laptop\\\’.
On the other hand, Vidya Balan emerged as a face saver for Bollywood by bagging the best actress award for the film The Dirty Picture.
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 effects.
All the three awards in audiography cateory went to Hindi films.Baylon Fonse and Hitendra Ghosh won the best sound designer and best re-recordist award for the Abhishek Bachchan starrer Game. Fonseca also won the national award for location sound recording in \\\’Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara.
The best Hindi film award was bagged by Onir\\\’s \\\’I Am\\\’. The film also won in the best lyrics category for Amitabh Bhattacharya-written \\\’Agar Zindagi\\\’.
Salman Khan\\\’s Chillar Party bagged the best chidren\\\’s film award, while ten kid stars from the film shared the best child actor award with Partho Gupte from Stanley Ka Dabba.
Chillar Party also won the award for best original screenplay (Vikas Behl and Manish Tewari).
Milan Luthria-directed \\\’The Dirty Picture\\\’ shared best costume and make-up award with Marathi film \\\’Balgandharva\\\’.
Speaking on regional films winning most of the top honours at the prestigious awards, Rohini Hattangady, chairperson of feature film jury for the 59th National Film Awards, said that the jury was happy with the Hindi films too but other languages have very good filmakers and films too.