Sizzling Showdown at 69th National Film Awards: Who Stole the Spotlight?
In the grandeur of Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi, the 69th National Film Awards event unfolded, leaving the audience in awe. Esteemed talents like Allu Arjun, Kriti Sanon, and Alia Bhatt graced the occasion as shining examples of cinematic brilliance. President Droupadi Murmu had the honour of presenting the awards for Best Actor to these exceptional artists.
The journey to this momentous event began when the 11-member panel, under the guidance of director Ketan Mehta, unveiled the 69th National Film Awards in August. These awards served as a tribute to outstanding films that had graced the screens in 2021.
Allu Arjun, an actor of remarkable prowess, claimed the Best Actor award for his captivating performance in “Pushpa: The Rise,” a creation brought to life by the talented director Sukumar. The Best Actress category saw a tie, with Kriti Sanon, recognized for her stellar role in Laxman Utekar’s “Mimi,” and Alia Bhatt, acclaimed for her portrayal in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Gangubai Kathiawadi.”
“Rocketry: The Nambi Effect,” a biographical drama marking R. Madhavan’s directorial debut, was honoured with the Best Feature Film award. Nikhil Mahajan achieved recognition as the Best Director for the Marathi movie “Godavari.” At the same time, “Gangubai Kathiawadi” secured the National Award for Best Editing, a feat attributed to the brilliance of director Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
In the category of Best Supporting Actress, Pallavi Joshi, for her remarkable performance in “The Kashmir Files,” claimed a well-deserved win. The charismatic Pankaj Tripathi, Kriti Sanon’s co-star in “Mimi,” left the event with the Best Supporting Actor award, further cementing his place in the annals of cinematic history.
The Telugu version of the bilingual film “RRR” enthralled audiences and earned the title of the most famous film, delivering pure cinematic delight. “The Kashmir Files,” directed by Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri, was honoured with the Nargis Dutt Award, celebrating its contribution to national integration.
As the event unfolded, numerous other film industry luminaries were recognized for their remarkable contributions. A director Rajamouli, Shershaah producer Karan Johar, and the Oscar-winning music composer-lyricist duo of Chandrabose and M. M. Keeravani, along with Devi Sri Prasad, who composed the evocative soundtrack for “Pushpa,” all received well-deserved accolades.