Akshay best actor, Kasaav best picture

Kannada film wins top music honours

Akshay best actor, Kasaav best picture

Akshay Kumar won the best actor award for his role in the crime thriller Rustom, while Surabhi C M was adjudged best actress for her role in the Malayalam film Minnaminungu.

The 64th national film awards for 2016 were announced on Friday, with regional cinema bagging a majority of the honours, unlike in the previous years when Bollywood dominated the list.

Allama, a Kannada film about the intriguing 12th century mystic of the same name, won top honours for best songs and best background score. Composer Bapu Padmanabha, who hails from Davanagere district, bagged the award for Allama.

While Marathi film Kasaav bagged the best feature film award, Telugu film Sathamanam Bhavathi was ranked best popular film providing wholesome entertainment.

Rajesh Mapuskar was adjudged best director for his Marathi comedy-drama Ventilator. The film also fetched the best editing award for Rameshwar.

Dangal’s score: 1

The Aamir Khan-starrer Dangal, which remained the highest grossing film in the country in 2016, fetched just one award, with teenage actor Zaira Wasim winning the best supporting actress award.

The Amitabh Bachchan-starrer Pink, which spoke about atrocities faced by women, bagged the award for best film on social issues. The best male playback singer award went to Sundharayyar for the song ‘Jasmine E’ in the Tamil film Joker. The movie also won the best Tamil film award.

Iman Chakraborty bagged the best female playback singer award for her song in the Bengali film Praktan. The best lyrics award went to Vairamuthu for ‘entha pakkam’ in the Tamil film Dharma.

While Nagesh Kukunoor’s Dhanak grabbed the best children’s film award, Manohara K won the best child artiste award for his role in the Kannada film Railway Children.

The hijack drama Neerja won the best Hindi film award. Sonam Kapoor also won a special mention for her “convincing performance”. Reservation, a little known film against the misuse of job quotas directed by Nikhil Manjoo, won the best Kannada film award.

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