Adaminte' bags national award for best feature film

Salim Ahmed’s ‘Adaminte Makan Abu’, a simple yet evocative narrative of a man's pursuit of religion, also won national awards for best actor, best cinematography, and best music when the 58th national film awards were announced here on Thursday.

Vetrimaran was adjudged best director for the Tamil film ‘Aadukalam.’‘Bettada Jeeva’ in Kannada, produced by Basant Kumar Patil and directed by Sheshadri, won the award for best film  on environment conservation while ‘Hejjegalu,’ directed by P R Ramadas Naidu and produced by Basant Kumar Patil won the best children’s film award.

‘Puttakkana Highway’ bagged the best Kannada feature film award for a persuasive articulation of a topical social issue where, in the name of development, land is appropriated and people are displaced as a consequence.

‘Bettada Jeeva’ received special mention under the feature film category.
“For an industry that has steadfastly refused to acknowledge and reward its creative fountainhead — the creator of its stories — the citation acknowledge a literary giant, the late Dr Shivaram Karanth,” the citation for ‘Bettada Jeeva’ read. It also acknowledged Karanth’s association with the world of Indian cinema.

N Manu Chakravarthy is among the award winners as best critic.Salim Kumar, the lead actor in ‘Adamante Makan Abu’, shared the best actor award with Dhanush, who played the male lead  in the Tamil film ‘Aadukalam.”

Saranya Ponvannan and Mitalee Jagtap Varadkar both won best actress awards for their performances in ‘Thenmerkku Paruvakkatru’ (Tamil) and ‘Baboo Band Baaja’ (Marathi) respectively.

Tamil artistes J Thambi Ramalah for ‘Mynaa’ and Sukumari for  ‘Namma Gramam’ won the best supporting actor and actress respectively. Valramuthu won the best lyricist award for his compositions in the Tamil film, ‘Thenmerkku Paruvakkatru.’
The Rajnikant starrer ‘Endhiran - Robot’ won awards for production design and special effects.

Suresh Wadekar won best male playback singer award for his rendering in the Marathi film, ‘Mee Sindhtai Sapkal.’ Rekha Bhardwaj won the best female playback singer for ‘Ishqiya’ in Hindi.

Rishi Kapoor’s comedy film ‘Do Dooni Chaar’ won the award for Best Hindi film.
K Vijaypal Reddy’s ‘Advaitham’ in Telugu bagged the award as the best educational film.

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