Madhuri Dixit and Juhi Chawala starrer ‘Gulabi Gang’ won the award for best film in social welfare. Kiran Rao’s ‘Ship of Theseus’ was announced the best feature film. Farhan Akhtar starrer 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag' was named best popular film providing wholesome entertainment at the National Film Awards.

Pranjal Dua won the best director award for his short film 'Chidiya Udh'. Hansal Mehta was named the best director for 'Shahid', a biopic on slain lawyer-activist Shahid Azmi.

Geetanjali Thapa was named the best actress for Hindi film 'Liar's Dice'. Saurabh Shukla was declared the best supporting actor for court-room drama 'Jolly LLB' which was also named the best Hindi film.
    
The best supporting actress award is shared by Amruta Subhas and Aida El-Kashef for Astu (Marathi) and 'Ship of Theseus' (English-Hindi).
    
Indira Gandhi Award for best debut film will go to Marathi director Nagraj Manjule for his critically acclaimed 'Fandry'. Nargis Dutt Award for best feature film on National Integration will be given to Balu Mahendra directed Tamil film 'Thalaimuraigal'.
    
An 11-member jury, headed by noted director Saeed Akhtar Mirza announced the awards on Wednesday.
    
The National Film Awards along with Dada Saheb Phalke honour, which will go to lyricist-director Gulzar this year, are likely to be given by President Pranab Mukherjee on May 3.

Winners of 61st National Awards

Best Film on Social Issues: Tuhya Dharma Koncha (Marathi)

Best Children's Film: Kaphal

Best Non Feature Film on Social Issues: Gulabi Gang

Indira Gandhi Award For Best Debut Film Of A Director: Nagraaj Manjule for Fandry

Best Feature Film goes to Anand Gandhi's Ship Of Theseus

Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration: Thalaimuraigal (Tamil)

Best Film on Social Issues: Tuhya Dharma Koncha (Marathi) at National Film Awards

Best Popular Film providing wholesome entertainment: Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

Best Director: Hansal Mehta for Shahid.

Best Actor Award: Rajkumar for Shahid and Malayalam actor Suraj Venjaramoodu

Best Supporting Actor: Saurabh Shukla for 'Jolly LLB'

Best Supporting Actress Award: Amruta Subhash for Astu and Alia El Kashif for Ship Of Theseus

Best Playback Singer Male: Rupankar for Bengali film Jatishwar

Best Female Singer award: Bela Shinde for popular Marathi song 'Koda Koda'.

Best Dialogue: Marathi film Astu.

Best Sound Design: Madras Cafe.

Special Jury Award: Yellow and MissLovely

Best Choreography: Ganesh Acharya for 'Masto Ka Jhund' for Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

National Awards Bengali Film: 'Jatishwar' for its soulful music

National Awards Best English Film: The Coffinmaker

National Awards for Best Hindi Film:  Jolly LLB

Southern film industry bags 17 National Awards

Tamil family drama "Thanga Meengal", Telugu drama "Na Bangaru Thalli", Kannada film "Prakruthi" and Malayalam drama "24 North Kaatham" were among the southern movies that pocketed 17 awards at the 61st National Awards.

The other southern films include "Dharmam" (Tamil), "Kanyaka" (Malayalam), "December 1" (Kannada), "Vallinam" (Tamil), "Thalaimuraigal" (Tamil), "Perariyathavara (Malayalam) and "Swapaanam" (Malayalam).

In Tamil, Ram-directed "Thanga Meengal" was adjudged the best Tamil film, besides bagging best lyrics by Na. Muthu Kumar for the song "Ananda Yaazhai" and best child artist for Sadhana as well.

For Tamil sports-drama "Vallinam", VJ Sabu Joseph pocketed an award for best editing.

Late filmmaker Balu Mahendra's Tamil drama "Thalaimuraigal" bagged the Nargis Dutt Award for best film on National Integration.

Tamil film "Dharmam", about middle class hypocrisy, won a special mention award.

Telugu drama "Na Bangaru Thalli", a story about sex trade, bagged three awards - it was adjudged the best film in the language, while actress Anjali Patil received a special mention certificate for her performance in the film and composer Shantanu Moitra won award for background score.

Kannada movie "December 1" bagged two awards - best film and best original screenplay for P Seshadri.

Writer Panchakshari won an award for best adapted screenplay for Kannada drama "Prakruthi".

Malayalam filmdom bagged a total of five awards.

Suraj Venjaramoodu won the best actor award for Malayalam film "Perariyathavara", which also won best film award on Environment Conservation and Preservation.

In the best audiography category, D Yuvaraj won the best re-recordist of the final mixed track award for Malayalam film "Swapaanam".

Malayalam drama "North 24 Kaatham" won the best film award in the language.

Director Christo Tomy won the best debut director award for his Malayalam film "Kanyaka"

Reactions from National Film Awardees

Subhash Kapoor:  Jolly LLB has been adjudged the best Hindi film, while Saurabh Shukla has been named the best supporting actor for his role of a judge in the same movie. Our film has got two National Awards and this is like 'sone pe suhaga'. I was not expecting this.

Hansal Mehta: I am very overwhelmed and really happy after getting best director award for Shahid. It is an award for the entire team and it is the recognition to the fact that anything made with determination will succeed.

Saurabh Shukla: Getting award for Jolly LLB came as a surprise to me ... I was not expecting this. National Award is a prestigious award ... it encourages you and keeps you going. I have no words to explain my feelings. This award has made my day.

Girish Malik:  Getting award for ‘Jal’ is a moment of pride! Finally, our film is being recognised. National Award is one of the prestigious awards and it's like an icing on the cake. Special effects added value to the film. Besides, we worked on a very tight budget and it was a huge challenge. We had to make it look realistic, so it's great that we are being rewarded for our work.

Suraj Venjaramoodu:  I did "Perariyathavar" in my style and I dedicate the award to Malayalam language and Malayalam cinema. Even though normally I play comedy roles, I got my 'first award' after Biju told me to play the lead role in a serious film. Those who watched me on the sets of the movie, told me that this is role will fetch me a National Award and it has come true.

B-Town cheers National Awards
Mahesh Bhatt: Hansal Mehta (best director) and Rajkummar Rao (best actor) get the National Award for 'Shahid'. Mubarak!

Arshad Warsi: So very happy for Saurabh Shukla. Super actor, totally deserves the National Award for best supporting actor. ‘Jolly LLB’ has won the National Award for best (Hindi) film. I am so happy.

Arbaaz Khan: Congrats Raj (Rajkummar Rao) for winning the National Award for best actor for the film ‘Shahid’! Extremely proud of you. Cheers. Shooting with National Award winning actor Rajkummar Rao on the sets of ‘Dolly Ki Doli’. Celebrations on the set, arre kaam kaun karega (who will work).

Amrita Rao: Dude! Congrats team ‘Jolly LLB’. National Award (for) best Hindi film and finally Saurabh Shukla. Justice for the judge!

Boman Irani: Overjoyed, elated and proud to learn that ‘Jolly LLB’ wins National Award for best (Hindi) film...more elation. My friend Saurabh Shukla wins best supporting actor. My good man. Richly deserved.

Sonam Kapoor: How many National Awards Rakeysh Om Prakash Mehra! Awesome ya! Love you! Congratulations to all the National Award winners! All are so deserving!

Sujoy Ghosh: Clap for Rajkummar Rao and Saurabh Shukla.

Abhishek Kapoor: Rajkummar you (are) giant of an actor. Congrats on the National Award. Very proud of you.

Sandhya Mridul: ‘Ship of Theseus’, ‘Shahid’, Hansal Mehta, Rajkummar Rao... lovely list of National Award winners. Yeah ab aaya maza! Nicely done.

Neha Dhupia: Congratulations to all our National Award winners. So well deserved, such great contributions to the art of cinema.

Milap Zaveri: Congrats Hansal Mehta, Rajkummar...on ‘Shahid’ winning the National Award!

JPN/Agencies

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Southern film industry bags 17 National Awards

Tamil family drama "Thanga Meengal", Telugu drama "Na Bangaru Thalli", Kannada film "Prakruthi" and Malayalam drama "24 North Kaatham" were among the southern movies that pocketed 17 awards at the 61st National Awards.

The other southern films include "Dharmam" (Tamil), "Kanyaka" (Malayalam), "December 1" (Kannada), "Vallinam" (Tamil), "Thalaimuraigal" (Tamil), "Perariyathavara (Malayalam) and "Swapaanam" (Malayalam).

In Tamil, Ram-directed "Thanga Meengal" was adjudged the best Tamil film, besides bagging best lyrics by Na. Muthu Kumar for the song "Ananda Yaazhai" and best child artist for Sadhana as well.

For Tamil sports-drama "Vallinam", VJ Sabu Joseph pocketed an award for best editing.

Late filmmaker Balu Mahendra's Tamil drama "Thalaimuraigal" bagged the Nargis Dutt Award for best film on National Integration.

Tamil film "Dharmam", about middle class hypocrisy, won a special mention award.

Telugu drama "Na Bangaru Thalli", a story about sex trade, bagged three awards - it was adjudged the best film in the language, while actress Anjali Patil received a special mention certificate for her performance in the film and composer Shantanu Moitra won award for background score.

Kannada movie "December 1" bagged two awards - best film and best original screenplay for P Seshadri.

Writer Panchakshari won an award for best adapted screenplay for Kannada drama "Prakruthi".

Malayalam filmdom bagged a total of five awards.

Suraj Venjaramoodu won the best actor award for Malayalam film "Perariyathavara", which also won best film award on Environment Conservation and Preservation.

In the best audiography category, D Yuvaraj won the best re-recordist of the final mixed track award for Malayalam film "Swapaanam".

Malayalam drama "North 24 Kaatham" won the best film award in the language.

Director Christo Tomy won the best debut director award for his Malayalam film "Kanyaka"