'Overwhelmed', 'thankful': Kangana Ranaut, Manoj Bajpayee, Nitesh Tiwari share thoughts on winning National Film Awards


Kangana Ranaut, who was named best actress for Manikarnika and Panga at the 67th National Film Awards, thanked the teams of both the films and said the award is shared by them all. FP Staff March 23, 2021 08:56:56 IST Winners of National Film Awards, including actors Kangana Ranaut, Manoj Bajpayee and Vijay Sethupathi on Monday expressed gratitude towards the members of the jury for honouring their work for the year 2019.

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While Ranaut was named best actress for her roles in Manikarnika and Panga at the 67th National Film Awards, Manoj Bajpayee and Dhanush were announced the joint winners in the best actor category for their films Bhonsle and Asuran, respectively. In a video on Twitter, Ranaut thanked the teams of both the films and said the award is shared by them all. Bajpayee, who currently recovering from COVID-19 , dedicated his award to his co-stars and producers who backed director Devashish Makhija''s vision. Bajpayee features in the Mumbai-set film as a retired policeman who tries to help migrants fight against local politicians.

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"I am happy and thankful to everyone who believed in this film, who believed in me. This award is not only for me but for all these people (who backed the film). With Bhonsle completing its journey with this National Award, I am only feeling thankful and nothing else," Bajpayee said. Sethupathi was declared the best supporting actor for his critically-acclaimed role of trans woman Shilpa/Manickam in Tamil film Super Deluxe. After the announcement, Sethupathi thanked director Thiagarajan Kumararaja on Twitter.

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Nitesh Tiwari, whose Chhichhore was named the best Hindi movie, said the news of the movie winning the National Award "came out of the blue". "I was not even thinking about it. I am still surprised," Tiwari told PTI. Produced by Sajid Nadiadwala, Chhichhore was a coming-of-age comedy drama and starred the late Sushant Singh Rajput and Shraddha Kapoor. Tiwari said his feelings are a "mixed bag" in Rajput's absence.

"On one hand, I am really happy for the team, on the other hand there's this sense of loss because he isn't with us."

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Nadiadwala also dedicated the win to Rajput. "On behalf of NGE, I dedicate this extremely prestigious award to Sushant Singh Rajput. We can't get over his loss ever but I sincerely pray that this award gives a little bit of happiness to his family and fans which includes me," he said. Praak, winner of best male playback singer for the song 'Teri Mitti' from the period patriotic drama Kesari, took to Instagram to share his gratitude to fans and the makers of the Akshay Kumar-starrer. OKumar also congratulated Praak for the song, which marked the Punjabi singer's Bollywood debut.

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South star Nani, whose sports drama Jersey was named the best Telugu film, shared a picture of himself on Twitter celebrating the win for the Gowtam Tinnanuri directorial. Director Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri was named the best dialogue writer in the screenplay category for his film Tashkent Files, which also helped Agnihotri's actor-wife Pallavi Joshi land the best supporting actress win. Agnihotri told PTI winning the award is a dream come true. Agnihotri's actor wife Pallavi Joshi was named best supporting actress for the film.

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The director dedicated the award to Shastri and "the common people of India, who supported the film when everyone else had abandoned the project." Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan, who won the best director honour in the feature film category for Bahattar Hoorain, said he is "overwhelmed" to receive his second National Award after his debut film Lahore. "There were so many wonderful films. I'm so overwhelmed. To get it now in the best director category is humbling," Chauhan told PTI. Tamil film Oththa Seruppu Size 7 bagged the award for re-recording mixer, which was shared by ace sound designer Resul Pookutty and Bibin Dev.

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In a lengthy Facebook post, Oscar winner Pookutty thanked his whole team for their work and support. D Imman, who won the award in the best music director category for his work in Viswasam, said it is "pure joy" to receive national recognition for Tamil music. Nila Madhab Panda bagged the best Odia film award for his movie Kalira Atita. "This is my first Odia film and getting a National Award for it is a huge achievement. I never make films with any ambition, let alone to win awards. My aim is always to make good films," Panda told PTI.

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Rashmi Somvanshi, who led the Satish Kaushik-produced Chhoriyan Chhoron Se Kam Nahi Hoti, said she was thrilled with the win. "I am glad that my first Haryanvi film won the National Award. It was Satish sir's vision that helped shape the film," Somvanshi told PTI. Debutant director Vinod Kamble, whose Kastoori was named the best children's film, said it is a "surreal" feeling. Through the film's 14-year-old Dalit character, who engages in manual scavenging and assists his father in conducting post mortem while struggling for education, Kamble questions caste discrimination.

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The director, who hails from a Dalit family of sanitation workers, told PTI, "It's satisfying because where we come from, not many are able to make it this far. So the national award is a matter of pride for the entire team. With the win, I hope the issue travels far and wide."

For producer Shiladitya Bora and director Abhijeet Mohan Warang it was a moment of pride to see their Marathi film Picasso, currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video, receive a special mention. (With inputs from Press Trust of India)

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