A Night of Stars and Awards: 69th National Film Awards Highlights

69th National Film Awards In a grand ceremony held at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi, President Droupadi Murmu awarded the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award to legendary actress Waheeda Rehman. The 69th National Film Awards also recognized other talented actors, including Allu Arjun, Alia Bhatt, and Kriti Sanon for their exceptional contributions to Indian cinema in 2021.


President Murmu, in her address, highlighted the significance of cinema as a powerful medium for raising awareness and fostering sensitivity. She emphasized that meaningful films not only depict the achievements but also the challenges faced by society and the nation as a whole. The president praised the film industry for its role in providing a comprehensive glimpse into the diverse reality of Indian society. Cinema, she noted, serves as both a reflection of our society and a means to bring about positive change, with cinema artists playing a vital role as agents of change. 69th National Film Awards.

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The Dadasaheb Phalke Award, India’s highest honor in the field of cinema, was presented to Waheeda Rehman. President Murmu commended Rehman for her remarkable talent, personality, and the significant impact she has had on the film industry. She also lauded Rehman’s choices in roles that challenged traditional stereotypes associated with women, setting an example for women’s empowerment.

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In her acceptance speech, the 85-year-old Waheeda Rehman dedicated the award to the entire film industry, acknowledging the invaluable contributions of directors, producers, filmmakers, technicians, writers, dialogue writers, music directors, and musicians. She emphasized that filmmaking is a collaborative effort and expressed her gratitude for the support and love she has received from the various departments of the film industry.

Allu Arjun, who won the Best Actor award for his role in the Telugu film “Pushpa: The Rise,” received a warm reception from the audience. He expressed his gratitude to the jury, the Ministry, and the Government of India for the recognition. Arjun also credited director Sukumar for his achievement. 69th National Film Awards Alia Bhatt and Kriti Sanon shared the Best Actress award for their outstanding performances in the Hindi films “Gangubai Kathaiwadi” and “Mimi,” respectively. It marked the first National Award win for all three actors.

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The audience erupted in cheers and applause during the ceremony, with “Pushpa: The Rise” and “RRR” receiving the loudest ovations in various categories. Actor-filmmaker R Madhavan was honored with the National Award for Best Feature Film for his directorial debut, “Rocketry: The Nambi Effect,” which is based on the life of Nambi Narayanan, a former aerospace engineer of the Indian Space Research Organisation.

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Pankaj Tripathi, who won the Best Supporting Actor award for his role in “Mimi,” described the win as “special” and emphasized the importance of perseverance with honesty. The film “Shershaah” received a Special Jury Award, with director Vishnu Vardhan and producer Karan Johar in attendance.

Shreya Ghoshal won the Best Female Playback Singer award for her song in the film “Iravin Ninzhal,” while “RRR” dominated the music category with five awards. MM Keeravaani and Devi Sri Prasad shared the Best Music Direction award. “RRR” also received recognition for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment, Best Special Effects, Best Action Director, and Best Choreography.

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Gujarati film “Gandhi & Co” was honored as the Best Children’s Film, and Bhavin Rabari received the Best Child Actor award for his role in “Chhello Show.” Rabari expressed his desire to work with established actors like Allu Arjun and Alia Bhatt.

Shoojit Sircar’s “Sardar Udham,” featuring Vicky Kaushal in the lead role, secured five awards in various categories, including Best Feature Film in Hindi. However, Sircar was unable to attend the ceremony due to his ongoing film shoot in New York.

Vivek Agnihotri’s ‘The Kashmir Files’ received the Nargis Dutt Award for fostering national unity. Pallavi Joshi, a cast member, won Best Supporting Actor and dedicated it to Kashmiri Pandit genocide victims. Agnihotri emphasized the film’s message of humanity and its potential to create awareness about the issues it addresses.

The Best Director award went to Nikhil Mahajan for the Marathi film “Godavari.” Additional awards included Best Original Screenplay for the Malayalam film “Nayattu,” the Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of a Director for the Malayalam film “Meppadiyan,” and the Best Film on Social Issues award for the Assamese film “Anunaad: The Resonance.”

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The National Film Awards, which received 280 feature film entries in 28 languages, recognized excellence in the Indian film industry for the year 2021. The awards also included 24 non-feature film categories, with the top prize going to producer-director Shrishti Lkhera for “Ek Tha Gaon.”

This year’s National Film Awards celebrated the incredible talent and dedication of Indian cinema professionals, showcasing their contributions to the art of filmmaking and their commitment to telling stories that resonate with audiences across the nation and beyond.

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