Actor Irrfan Khan has won the best actor for his performance as athlete-turned-dacoit in Paan Singh Tomar at the 60th National Film Awards announced today.
Paan Singh Tomar, which has been produced by UTV Software communications Ltd. and directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia, also won the best Hindi feature film.
In non-feature film category, the award for the best film has been conferred to Shepherds of Paradise (Gojri and Urdu) produced and directed by Raja Shabir Khan.
In the category of best writing on cinema section, the book Silent Cinema in India - A Pictorial Journey (English) written by B.D. Garga and published by Harper Collins Publisher India has bagged the top honour, whereas P.S. Radhakrishnan has been conferred the award for the best film critic.
In the feature film category, a total of 38 films from 14 languages have been selected for the 60th National Awards. Chittagong (Hindi) and 101 Chodiyangal (Malayalam) have shared the Indira Gandhi award for the best debut film of a director.
The award for the best popular film for providing wholesome entertainment has been shared by Vicky Donor (Hindi) and Ustad Hotel (Malayalam).
The award for the best director has been conferred on Shivaji Lotan Patil for the film Dhag (Marathi).
The award for the best actor has been shared by Irrfan playing the title role in Paan Singh Tomar and Vikram Gokhale for the film Anumati (Marathi).
The award for the best actress has been conferred on Usha Jadhav for her performance in Dhag (Marathi).
The award for the best supporting actor has been conferred on Anu Kapur for the film Vicky Donor. The award for the best supporting actress has been shared by Dolly Ahluwalia for the film Vicky Donor and Kalpana for the film ThanichallaNjan (Malyalam).
The best child artist award has been shared by Master Virendra Pratap for Dekh Indian Circus (Hindi) and Master Minon for 101 Chodiyangal (Malayalam).
The award for the best male playback singer has been conferred on Shankar Mahadevan for the song Bolo Na from the film Chittagong. The award for the best female playback singer has been conferred on Samhita for the song Palakein Naa Moon Don from the film Aarti Anklekartikekar (Marathi).
The award for the best screenplay writer (original) has been conferred on Sujoy Ghosh for the film Kahaani. The award for best screenplay writer (adapted) has been conferred on Bhavesh Mandalia and Umesh Shukla for the film Oh My God.
The award for the best dialogue has been conferred on Anjali Menon for the film Ustad Hotel (Malayalam). The award for the best lyrics has been conferred on Prasoon Joshi for the song Bolo Na from the film Chittagong.
A special jury award has been conferred on Rituparno Ghosh and Nawazuddin Siddiqui for the films Chitrangadha (Bengali), Kahaani, Gangs of Wasseypur, Dekh Indian circus and Talaash (Hindi).
The award for the best choreography has been conferred on Pt. Birju Maharaj for the film Vishwaroopam (Tamil).
In the non-feature film category, Vikrant Pawar has got the best director award for the film Kaatal (Marathi). The award for the best debut film of a director has been conferred to Lipika Singh Darai for the film Eka Gachha Eka Manisa Eka Samudra (Odia).
Shumona Goel and Shai Heredia for the film I Am Micro (English) and Vasudah Joshi for Cancer Katha (English) have been selected for special jury award. Timbaktu (English) has been awarded as the best film in the environmental category and Dreaming Taj Mahal (Hindi and Urdu) has been conferred the award for the best promotional.
The national film awards jury was led this year by filmmaker Basu Chatterjee.
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