69th National Film Awards: Stars Shine at the Ceremony 2023

69th National Film Awards: Stars Shine at the Ceremony

69th National Film Awards: Stars Shine at the Ceremony

The 69th National Film Awards ceremony was held on Monday, October 17, 2023, in New Delhi. The awards were presented by President Droupadi Murmu to the winners of the year 2021. The ceremony was attended by several celebrities from the film industry, who expressed their gratitude and happiness for being honoured with the prestigious awards.

Highlights of the 69th National Film Awards Ceremony

Best actor National Film Awards Allu Arjun

  • The Best Actor award went to Telugu superstar Allu Arjun for his performance in Pushpa: The Rise.
  • The Best Actress award was shared by two Bollywood actresses, Alia Bhatt and Kriti Sanon, for their performances in Gangubai Kathiawadi and Mimi respectively.

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  • The Best Feature Film award went to Rocketry: The Nambi Effect, a biographical drama based on the life of former ISRO scientist Nambi Narayanan.
  • The Best Popular Film award went to RRR, a period action drama directed by SS Rajamouli.
  • The Dada Saheb Phalke Award, India’s highest film honour, went to legendary actress Waheeda Rehman.

69th National Film Awards: Stars Shine at the Ceremony

List of Winners

The following table shows the list of winners of the 69th National Film Awards in different categories:

Category Winner Film
Best Feature Film R Madhavan (director) Rocketry: The Nambi Effect
Best Popular Film SS Rajamouli (director) RRR
Best Director Nikhil Mahajan Godavari
Best Actor Allu Arjun Pushpa: The Rise
Best Actress Alia Bhatt and Kriti Sanon Gangubai Kathiawadi and Mimi
Best Supporting Actor Pankaj Tripathi Mimi
Best Supporting Actress Pallavi Joshi The Kashmir Files
Best Male Playback Singer Kaala Bhairava RRR
Best Female Playback Singer Shreya Ghoshal Iravin Nizhal
Best Music Direction MM Keeravaani RRR
Best Screenplay Ritesh Shah Sardar Udham
Best Cinematography Savita Singh Godavari
Best Editing Abhijeet Deshpande Godavari
Best Sound Design Bishwadeep Chatterjee Sardar Udham
Best Costume Design Veera Kapur Ee Sardar Udham
Best Choreography Raju Sundaram RRR
Best Special Effects Srinivas Mohan RRR
Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut of a Director Vishnu Mohan (director) Meppadiyan
Best Children’s Film Prashant Nair (director) Gandhi And Co
Dada Saheb Phalke Award Waheeda Rehman

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best actor and actress, Allu Arjun, Alia Bhatt National Film Awards

Reactions of the Winners

The winners of the National Film Awards shared their reactions and emotions on the red carpet and on social media. Some of the reactions are:

  • Allu Arjun: “I am very happy and proud to receive this award. It is a double achievement for me to win a commercial film. I dedicate this award to my fans and my team who worked hard for this film.”
  • Alia Bhatt: “I am grateful and humbled to receive my first National Award. It is a pinch-me moment for me. I thank Sanjay sir for giving me this opportunity and Ranbir for being my pillar of strength.”
  • Kriti Sanon: “I am blessed and fortunate to have played such a layered role. It felt right even before I started shooting. I thank Laxman sir, Pankaj sir, and the entire team for making this film possible.”
  • R Madhavan: “I am overwhelmed and speechless to receive this honour for my directorial debut. It was a challenging and rewarding journey to make this film. I thank my team and my family for their support.”
  • Waheeda Rehman: “I am honoured and humbled to receive this award. It is a recognition of my work and my passion for cinema. I thank my fans and my colleagues for their love and appreciation.”

The National Film Awards are the most prestigious and coveted awards in the Indian film industry, which recognise the excellence and diversity of Indian cinema across languages and genres. The awards are decided by a jury of eminent film personalities, who watch and evaluate hundreds of films every year. The awards are presented by the President of India in a ceremony that is attended by the winners, dignitaries and guests. The awards are also telecast live on various channels for the viewers to watch and celebrate the achievements of their favourite films and stars.

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