The 63rd National Film Awards were announced this morning at Delhi and it has added yet another trophy to Bollywood's reigning Queen, Kangana Ranaut. While Amitabh Bachchan took home the award for Best Actor for his stunning performance as the constantly-constipated senior citizen in Piku; Kangana won her third National Award for Best Actress for Tanu Weds Manu Returns. She'd previously won for Fashion (Best Supporting Actress - 2009) and Queen (Best Actress - 2015).In contention for Best Actor along with Amitabh Bachchan, were Salman Khan (Bajrangi Bhaijaan) and Ranveer Singh (Bajirao Mastani) whereas, Deepika Padukone (Piku) was fighting for top honours with Kangana Ranaut.
Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Piku, Bajirao Mastani were forerunners for the Best Film of 2015, but that honour went to SS Rajamouli's magnum opus, Baahubali, which won the prestigious award.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali won the best director award for his dream project, Bajirao Mastani.Surprisingly, India's official entry for the Oscars, Court was completely ignored at the National Film Awards.
It is believed that southern superstar Rajinikanth and Bollywood's Priyanka Chopra will be conferred a special award for their contribution to Indian cinema at a special ceremony next month.
Here's a list of the winners, as of now:
Best Film - Baahubali
Best Director - Sanjay Leela Bhansali for Bajirao Mastani
Best Actor - Amitabh Bachchan for Piku
Best Actress - Kangana Ranaut for Tanu Weds Manu Returns