"it is a wonderful moment for all of us. I’m too happy."
The winners of the 69th National Film Awards were announced at the National Media Centre in Delhi on August 24, 2023.
Established in 1954, the prestigious awards are administered by the Government of India’s Directorate of Film Festivals.
The ceremony honoured films from 2021 due to the delay caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns.
One of the big winners from the event was Gangubai Kathiawadi, which won five awards.
Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali said: “I’m happy for everybody who has won, my film and other films, and everybody, who has won.
“Good cinema gets acknowledged and a pat on the back from the government, and nationally and from a respectful jury, it always brings you joy.
“As far as cinema is celebrated from all over India, it is a wonderful moment for all of us. I’m too happy.”
Gangubai Kathiawadi‘s success at the National Film Awards included ‘Best Actress’ for Alia Bhatt, who played the titular role.
She jointly won the award alongside Kriti Sanon, who was recognised for her performance in Mimi.
Both actresses congratulated each other on Instagram.
Kriti wrote: “Congratulations Aliaaaa! So so well deserved! I’ve always admired your work and I’m too excited that I got to share this huge moment with you!
“Yayyyiiee! Biggg hug! Let’s celebrate!”
Meanwhile, Alia said: “Kriti… I remember messaging you the day I saw Mimi… it was such an honest and powerful performance… I cried and cried… so so well deserved… shine on you star.
“The world is your oyster @kritisanon.”
Pankaj Tripathi won ‘Best Supporting Actor’ for his role in Mimi and in a statement, he paid tribute to his father who recently passed away.
Explaining that it is a period of “loss and grieving” for him, Pankaj said:
“This National Award I dedicate to him and his spirit. I’m who I am today because of him.
“I’m in loss of words due to this time but I’m happy and grateful to the team.
“Kriti Sanon also has won the Best Actress, so a huge congratulations to her.”
SS Rajamouli’s global sensation RRR won six awards while Vivek Agnihotri’s The Kashmir Files also bagged two honours.
Expressing his gratitude, Vivek said he is currently in the United States and woke up to the news.
“I dedicate the award to all victims of terrorism, on behalf of the team of I Am Buddha (his production house).”
“The film is the pain and voice of all the victims of terrorism, and therefore the award belongs to them.”
Here is the full list of winners:
Best Mishing Film
Best Assamese Film
Best Bengali Film
Best Hindi Film
Best Kannada Film
Best Gujarati Film
Best Maithili Film
Best Marathi Film
Ekda Kay Zala
Best Malayalam Film
Best Tamil Film
Best Telugu Film
Best Meiteilon Film
Best Odiya Film
Special Jury Award
Best Child Artist
Bhavin Rabari – Chhello Show
Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of a Director
Vishnu Mohan – Meppadiyan
Best Film on Social Issues
Anunaad – The Resonance
Best Film on Environment Conservation/Preservation
Best Children’s Film
Gandhi and Co
Best Screenplay (Original)
Shahi Kabir – Nayattu
Best Screenplay (Adapted)
Sanjay Leela Bhansali & Utkarshini Vashishtha – Gangubai Kathiawadi
Best Dialogue Writer
Utkarshini Vashishtha & Prakash Kapadia – Gangubai Kathiawadi
Best Music Director (Songs)
Devi Sri Prasad – Pushpa: The Rise
Best Music Direction (Background Music)
MM Keeravaani – RRR
Best Male Playback Singer
Kaala Bhairava – RRR
Best Female Playback Singer
Shreya Ghoshal – Iravin Nizhal
Chandrabose – Dham Dham Dham (Konda Polam)
Best Audiography (Location Sound Recordist)
Arun Asok & Sonu KP – Chavittu
Best Audiography (Sound Designer)
Aneesh Basu – Jhilli
Best Audiography (Re-recordist of the final mixed track)
Sinoy Joseph – Sardar Udham
Sanjay Leela Bhansali – Gangubai Kathiawadi
Prem Rakshith – RRR
Avik Mukhopadhyay – Sardar Udham
Best Costume Designer
Veera Kapur Ee – Sardar Udham
Best Special Effects
Srinivas Mohan – RRR
Best Production Design
Dmitrii Malich & Mansi Dhruv Mehta – Sardar Udham
Preetisheel Singh – Gangubai Kathiawadi
Best Stunt Choreography
King Soloman – RRR
Nikhil Mahajan – Godavari
Allu Arjun – Pushpa: The Rise
Alia Bhatt – Gangubai Kathiawadi
Kriti Sanon – Mimi
Best Supporting Actor
Pankaj Tripathi – Mimi
Best Supporting Actress
Pallavi Joshi – The Kashmir Files
Best Film on National Integration
The Kashmir Files
Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment
Best Feature Film
Rocketry: The Nambi Effect
Baale Bangara (Aniruddha Jatkar)
Karuvarai (Srikanth Deva)
The Healing Touch (Sweta Kumar Das)
Ek Duaa (Ram Kamal Mukherjee)
Kulada Kumar Bhattacharjee
Best Music Direction
Ishaan Divecha – Succulent
Abhro Banerjee – If Memory Serves Me Right
Best Production Sound Recordist (Location/Sync Sound)
Suruchi Sharma – Meen Raag
Best Audiography (Re-recordist)
Unni Krishnan – Ek Tha Gaon
Bittu Rawat – Paatal
Bakul Matiyani – Smile Please
Best Film On Family Values
Best Short Fiction Film
Best Animation Film
Best Investigative Film
Looking For Challan
Best Exploration Film
Best Educational Film
Best Film On Social Issues
Three Two One
Best Environmental Film
Best Promotional Film
Endangered Heritage ‘Warli Art’
Best Science and Technology Film
Ethos Of Darkness
Best Arts Film
TN Krishnan Bow Strings To Divine
Best Book on Cinema
Rajiv Vijayakar – Music by Laxmikant Pyarelal: The Incredibly Melodious Journey
Best Film Critic
Best Film Critic (Special Mention)
Congratulations to all the winners of the 2023 National Film Awards.