Bengaluru: With the list of 64th National Film Awards announced on Friday, namma Kannada film industry bagged at least two national awards — Best Make-Up Artist for M.K. Ramakrishna and Best Music Direction for Bapu Padmanabha, both from Allama, directed by T.S. Nagabharana. Reservation has been adjudged as the best feature film in Kannada.
Kasaav wins top honour; Akshay, Sonam ‘shocked’
Bollywood star Akshay Kumar was named the best actor for his portrayal of a patriotic naval officer in Rustom at the 64th National Film Awards, where Marathi movie Kasaav led the regional cinema dominance bagging the best feature film honour.
The awards, which were spread out in Tamil, Telugu, Bengali and Marathi, saw Bollywood movies like Pink, Neerja and Dangal score in key categories.
Rustom, a court room drama directed by Tinu Suresh Desai, is loosely based on the 1959 Nanavati murder case. Akshay, 49, took to Twitter to express his gratitude over his surprise win. “Thank you is a very small word right now but I don’t know how else to express how I am feeling right now... Rustom was a very special role to play. Being able to wear the uniform of Indian Navy itself is a huge honour, even if just for a role,” he said in a video message. Sonam Kapoor received a special mention for her role in Neerja.