Kangana Ranaut won the best actress award for her powerful performance in “Queen” at the 62nd National Film Awards where Bollywood movies “Haider” and “Mary Kom” bagged key honours while Chaitanya Tamhane’s “Court” was named the best feature film.
Ranaut, 28, who celebrated her birthday on Monday, got a belated present by winning her career’s second National award in the movie about a girl who goes on a foreign honeymoon alone after being ditched by her fiance just before marriage.
She had won her first National award, as best supporting actress, for “Fashion” in 2010.
The Vikas Bahl-directed coming-of-age film was also named the best Hindi feature film.
Vijay was declared the best actor for his poignant portrayal of a woman trapped in a man’s body in Kannada film “Nanu Avanalla Avalu” (I am not a he, but she).
“Court”, which focuses on the flaws in the Indian judicial system, has been winning critical acclaim nationally and internationally. The award is expected to give a major boost to the movie ahead of its theatrical release on April 17.
Shahid Kapoor-starrer “Haider”, a Kashmir-set modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, won five honours. Its helmer Vishal Bhardwaj was named the best music director but lost out the best director award to Bengali filmmaker Srijit Mukherji (‘Chotushkone’).
Bhardwaj was also named for best dialogues in the movie while Sukhwinder Singh clinched the best male playback singer for the song “Bismil”. Its other two wins were in the categories of choreography and costume design.
“Chotushkone”, a film about four directors’ attempt to make four short stories, won two more awards – best cinematography and screenplay (original).
Priyanka Chopra-led biopic “Mary Kom” was named the best popular film providing wholesome entertainment.
While best songs in the music direction category went to Bhardwaj, the background score honour was won by Gopi Sunder for Malayalam film “Nineteen Eighty Three”.
Best lyrics award went to NA Muthukumar for Tamil film “Saivam” whose singer Uttara Unnikrishanan won the best female playback singer honour for her song ‘Azhagu’.
Tamil actor Bobby Simhaa won the best supporting actor trophy for “Jigarthanda” whose second win was in the best editing category.
Best supporting actress went to Haryanavi actress Bajinder Kaur. It is a first National award for a Haryanavi actress.
Best children’s film was shared by Tamil movie “Kaakkaa Muttai” and Marathi drama “Elizabeth Ekadashi”. “Muttai” actors J Vignesh and Ramesh shared the best child artist honour.
The 62nd National Film Awards 2014 were announced today by the chairpersons of the three juries on feature films, non-feature films and best writing on cinema. The feature film central panel was headed by Tamil filmmaker P Bharathiraja and included 10 other members. The non-feature jury was headed by Kamal Swarup.
The National Film Awards are likely to be given by President Pranab Mukherjee on May 3 along with the Dada Saheb Phalke award which will go to actor filmmaker Shashi Kapoor this year, an official said.