The 67th National Film Awards were awarded in person today at New Delhi’s Vigyan Bhawan, as announced earlier this year. Vice President Venkaiah Naidu presented the prizes to the winners. Dhanush And Manoj Bajpayee took home the Best Actor award. Kangana Ranaut took home the Best Actress award. Rajinikanth received the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for the year 2019. Super Deluxe’s Vijaya Sethupathi won home the award for Best Supporting Actor.
In March of this year, the winners were announced, with late actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s film Chhichhore receiving Best Hindi Film and Kangana Ranaut winning her third Best Actress award for her roles in Manikarnika (2019) and Panga (2019). (2020). Manoj Bajpayee and Dhanush were nominated for Best Actor for their roles in Bhonsle and Asuran, which also won Best Tamil Film.
Nitesh Tiwari, the director of Chhicchore, and Sajid Nadiadwala, the producer, dedicated the Best Hindi Film Award to Sushant Singh Rajput, who died last year. At the ceremony, they stated that the late actor will always be remembered as a “integral part of the film.”
The Guest Of Honour was filmmaker Nitesh Ranjan Agnihotri. He was one of the first celebrities to arrive at the ceremonies, along with the prize juries and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award jury. One of the panel members, actor Biswajit Chatterjee, said Rajinikanth was chosen for the award because he is a “brilliant” and “down to earth” person.
Other dignitaries in attendance included Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Anurag Singh Thakur and Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting L Murugan. At the 67th National Awards, Anurag Singh Thakur spoke about the importance of celebrating Hindi cinema. Rajinikanth was given the Dadadsaheb Phalke Award, which he complimented him on. Rajinikanth, he remarked, is not only a star but also an institution in his own right after five decades.
The 67th National Awards were postponed from last year due to the global coronavirus pandemic that wreaked havoc on the global economy last year.