In a highly anticipated revelation, the laureates of the 69th National Film Awards were unveiled during an esteemed press conference held in the capital city today. The event was graced with an overwhelming presence of Hindi cinema’s most brilliant luminaries, underscored by a significant recognition of the magnum opus “RRR.” The occasion marked an exceptional moment as Alia Bhatt and Kriti Sanon jointly clinched the prestigious Best Actress accolade, commemorating their stellar performances in “Gangubai Kathiawadi” and “Mimi,” respectively. The venerable Allu Arjun was crowned the Best Actor for his indelible portrayal in the blockbuster extravaganza “Pushpa: The Rise,” securing his maiden National Award.
A moment of unparalleled pride, “Rocketry: The Nambi Effect,” was bestowed the coveted Best Film award, capturing the essence of its profound narrative. Pankaj Tripathi, an integral part of “Mimi,” garnered the limelight with the Best Supporting Actor distinction, while the remarkably talented Pallavi Joshi seized the title of Best Supporting Actress for her compelling role in “The Kashmir Files,” a film of paramount importance that also clinched the title of Best Film on National Integration. It is noteworthy that both Pankaj Tripathi and Pallavi Joshi stand adorned with special awards from previous editions.
“RRR” emerged as a true triumphant force, claiming a multitude of honors, including the illustrious Best Popular Film accolade. The film’s resplendent musical score garnered resounding applause as it secured the joint Best Music recognition, while Kaala Bhairava’s mellifluous rendition in “Naatu Naatu” earned him the title of Best Male Playback Singer. Shreya Ghoshal, with her enchanting vocals, was duly honored as the Best Female Playback Singer.
The jubilation continued to unfold as “Gangubai Kathiawadi” and “Sardar Udham,” the latter acclaimed as the Best Hindi Film, stood tall among the victors, reaping a bountiful harvest of awards. The saga of “Gangubai Kathiawadi” was further immortalized with the Best Screenplay distinction, alongside a host of other coveted laurels. The heartening saga of “Shershaah” was celebrated with a Special Jury Award, a testament to its poignant storytelling.
The curtain was drawn on this spectacular event by none other than the eminent filmmaker Ketan Mehta, who presided over the esteemed jury panel, encapsulating the essence of cinematic brilliance that defined this year’s National Film Awards.