"Congratulations to all the other winners."
The winners of the 68th National Film Awards were announced in New Delhi on July 22, 2022.
Established in 1954, the prestigious awards are administered by the Government of India’s Directorate of Film Festivals.
Due to delays caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the ceremony honoured films from 2020 across several categories.
A 10-member jury led by filmmaker Vipul Shah met Information and Broadcasting minister Anurag Thakur and submitted its report on the 68th National Film Awards.
Speaking about the awards, Anurag Thakur said:
“I want to congratulate all the jury members and all those people whose work was reviewed and would like to congratulate those recipients who will be awarded with the National Film Awards.
“A word of appreciation for everyone who has done an outstanding job.
“I am glad that this year we will be holding the 68 National Film Awards since we could not hold the awards for two years because of Covid.”
Among the big winners were Soorarai Pottru and Ajay Devgn.
Ajay won his third National Film Award for Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior, sharing ‘Best Actor’ with Suriya for his performance in Soorarai Pottru.
Reacting to the award win, Ajay said: “I thank everyone, most of all my creative team, the audience and my fans.
“I also express my gratitude to my parents and the Almighty for their blessings. Congratulations to all the other winners.”
Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior also won the popular film award. The actor continued:
“As the producer of Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior, it gives me immense joy to receive an honour at the 68th National Film Awards for the best film that has provided wholesome entertainment.
“Tanhaji was exactly that. It is a good story of friendship, loyalty, family values and sacrifice.
“It has strong national sentiments, super VFX and a holistic approach in entertainment.
“I must share the honour with my director Om Raut, my co-producers, T-Series and my co-actors.”
“Most of all, I thank my creative team who has contributed handsomely to making this a blockbuster and now a National Award winner.”
The National Film Awards honours films from across different film industries in India. Other winners included Aparna Balamurali and Biju Menon.
Here is the full list of winners:
Best Feature Film
Sachy – Ayyappanum Koshiyum
Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment
Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior
Suriya – Soorarai Pottru
Ajay Devgn – Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior
Aparna Balamurali – Soorarai Pottru
Best Supporting Actor
Biju Menon – Ayyappanum Koshiyam
Best Supporting Actress
Lakshmi Priya Chandramouli – Sivaranjaniyum Innum Sila Pengallum
Shalini Usha Nair and Sudha Kongara – Soorarai Pottru
Best Screenplay (Dialogue Writer)
Madonne Ashwin – Mandela
Best Music Direction (Songs)
Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo – Thaman S
Best Music Direction (Background Music)
Soorarai Pottru – GV Prakash
Best Male Playback Singer
Rahul Deshpande – Mi Vasantrao
Best Female Playback Singer
Nanchamma – Ayyappanum Koshiyam
Best Audiography (Location Sound Recordist)
Jobin Jayan – Dollu
Best Audiography (Sound Designer)
Anmol Bhave – Mi Vasantrao
Best Audiography (Re-recordist of the final mixed track)
Vishnu Govind and Sree Sankar – Malik
Sandhya Raju – Natyam
Supratim Bhol – Avijatrik
Best Costume Design
Nachiket Barve and Mahesh Sherla – Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior
Best Production Design
Anees Nadodi – Kappela
Sreekar Prasad – Sivaranjiniyum Innum Sila Pengalum
TV Rambabu – Natyam
Best Stunt Choreography
Rajasekhar, Mafia Sasi and Supreme Sunder – Ayyappanum Koshiyum
Aimee Baruah – Semkhor
Vaanku, June, Kishore Kadam – Avwanchhit & Godakaath
Varun Buddhadev – Toolsidas Junior
Best Hindi Film
Best Kannada Film
Best Malayalam Film
Best Tamil Film
Sivaranjiniyum Innum Sila Pengalum
Best Telugu Film
Best Haryani Film
Best Dimasa Film
Best Tulu Film
Best Marathi Film
Goshta Eka Paithanichi
Best Bengali Film
Best Assamese Film
Best Child Artist
Anish Mangesh Gosavi – Tak-Tak
Best Children’s Film
Best Film on Environment Conservation/Preservation
Best Film on Social Issues
Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of a Director