The 67th National Film Awards were presented by Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu at a special function in New Delhi today. Veteran actor Super Star Rajnikanth was honoured with the prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke Award for his outstanding contribution to the world of Indian cinema. Malayalam movie ‘Marakkar Arabikkadilinte Simham’ directed by Priyadarshan was awarded the Best Feature Film Award. Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan was given best Direction Award for Hindi film ‘Bahattar Hoorain’. Actor Manoj Bajpayee was awarded best Actor award for Hindi movie ‘Bhonsle’ and Dhanush got the award for Tamil Movie ‘Asuran’. Kangana Ranaut received Best Actress award for her movies ‘Manikarnika -The Queen of Jhansi’ and ‘Panga’.
B. Praak got the Best Male playback Singer award for song “Teri Mitti” in Hindi Film ‘Kesari’. Savani Ravindra was awarded Best Female playback Singer award for song “Rann Petala” in Marathi Movie ‘Bardo’. D. Imman received best Music Direction Award for his songs in Tamil Fim ‘Vishwasam’. Raju Sundaram received the Best Choreography award for Telugu Movie ‘Maharshi’.
Speaking on the occasion, the Vice President said he is happy to see films from different regions winning the awards.
He said, the films deal with pertinent issues of our times including climate change. Super Star Rajnikanth in his acceptance speech said: