National Film Awards: President Pranab Mukherjee confers honour on 'Rustom' Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor for 'Neerja' and others

President Pranab Mukherjee conferred the top honours on National Film Awardees today at Vigyan Bhawan. Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar received the National Award for Best Actor in 'Rustom' whereas Ram Madhvani's directorial venture 'Neerja' bagged the honour for 'Best Hindi Film'.

By Zee Media Bureau | Last Updated: May 03, 2017, 20:51 PM IST
National Film Awards: President Pranab Mukherjee confers honour on 'Rustom' Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor for 'Neerja' and others
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New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee conferred the top honours on National Film Awardees today at Vigyan Bhawan. Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar received the National Award for Best Actor in 'Rustom' whereas Ram Madhvani's directorial venture 'Neerja' bagged the honour for 'Best Hindi Film'.

The National awards were announced in April this year. Surabhi CM received the Best Actress award for her power-packed performance in Malayalam film ‘Minnaminungu—the Firefly'. Information and Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu and MoS Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore among others felicitated the National Awards Jury members, as a mark of their incredible work.

Sonam Kapoor looked beautiful in a light green silk saree and gajra tied back in her bun. She looked elegant while picking up her special mention honour for 'Neerja' making it a proud moment for father Ani Kapoor and mother Sunita, who were pleasantly clicking the pictures of their daughter. Akshay was accompanied by wife Twinkle Khanna, who looked gorgeous in a bright purple-pink saree and son Aarav, who too was dressed in a traditional attire. South superstar Mohanlal received a standing ovation while he took the top honour from the President.

As many as 344 films were competing for the top spot, and the jury saw 88-89 movies of all those movies, reportedly. The jury included eminent film director, producer and National Award winner, Priyadarshan, as the chairperson in Feature Films category.

Here is the complete list of winners:

Best Animation: Hum Chitra Banate Hain

Best Educational Film: The Waterfalls

Best Environment Film: The Tiger Who Crossed the Line

Best Biographical/Historical reconstruction: Zikr Uss Parivash Ka

Best Environmental Film including Agriculture: The Tiger who crossed the Line'

Best Marathi Film: Dashakriya

Best Kannada Film: Reservation

Best Bengali Film: Bisarjan

Best Film on Social Issues: PINK

Best Tamil Film: Joker

Best Hindi Film: Neerja

Best Gujarati Film: Wrong Side Raju

Best Telugu Movie: Pellichuplu

Best Visual Effects: Shivaay

Best Female Playback Singer: Iman Chakraborty

Best Male Playback Singer: Sunder Iyer

Best Actor: Akshay Kumar, 'Rustom'

Best Actress: Surabhi, 'Minnaminungu'

Best Children's Film: Dhanak, Hindi

Best Supporting Actress: Zaira Wasim, 'Dangal'

Best Supporting Actor: Manoj Joshi, 'Dashakriya'

Best Film on Social Issues: Pink

Best Action Choreography: Vysakh for Pulimurugan

Best Feature Film: Kasav (Marathi film)

Best Director: Rajesh Mapuskar, 'Ventilator'

Indira Gandhi Award for debut director: Khalifa (Bengali)

Best action director and stunt choreographer: Peter Haines, 'Pulimurugan'

Best Editing - Rameshwar, 'Ventilator'

Sound designer - Jayadevan, 'Kaadu Pookunna Neram'

Best production design - 24

Best Costume Designer - Sachin

Best Make-up Artist - MK Ramakrishna

Best Music Direction - Babu Padmanabha

Special Mentions:

The Eyes of Darkness

Kadvi Hawa

Adil Hussain for Mukti Bhawan (Hindi)

Adil Hussain for Majirathi Keki (Assamese)

Sonam Kapoor (Neerja)

Madipur (Tulu)

Joker (Tamil)

Wrongside Raju (Gujarati)

Pelli Chupulu (Telugu)

Dasakriya (Marathi)

Maheshinte Prathikaram (Malayalam)

Ke Sara Sara (Konkini)

Reservation (Kannada)

Neerja (Hindi)

- Special Jury award for Mohanlal for Pulimurugan, Janatha Garage and Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol