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64th National Film Awards: Neerja wins best Hindi film award; Akshay wins best actor award for Rustom

The 64th National Film Awards were announced on Friday at the National Media Centre, New Delhi. Here's the complete list of the winners at the awards.

The 64th National film awards were announced today at the National Media Centre, New Delhi. While Neerja starring Sonam Kapoor has bagged the best Hindi feature film award, actor Akshay Kumar was declared as the best actor for the movie Rustom. The best actress award went to actress Surabhi Lakshmi for Minnaminunge. In addition to this, Mohan Agashe’s Kasav was adjudged as the best film, Amitabh Bachchan’s Pink was adjudged as the best film on social causes and Rajesh Mapuskar was adjudged as the best director.

The jury of the 64th National Film Awards was headed by director Priyadarshan in the feature films category and by renonwed cinematographer Raju Misra in the non-feature category. In all, the jury considered 344 films in 26 languages for the awards.

Here’s the complete list of the of the winners at the 64th National Film Awards:

Best actor: Akshay Kumar for Rustom
Best actress: Surabhi CM for Minnaminunge
Best director: Rajesh Mapuskar for Ventilator
Best film on social issues: Pink

Best Childrens Film: Dhanak (Hindi)

Best Feature Film: Kasav (Marathi film)

Best Hindi film: Neerja

Best Tulu film: Madipur
Best Tamil film: Joker

Best Gujarati film: Wrong Side Raju
Best Telugu film: Pelli Chupulu
Best Marathi film: Dashakriya
Best Bengali film: Bisarjan?
Best Malayalam film: Maheshinte Prathikaram
Best Konkini film: Ke Sara Sara
Best Kannada film: Reservation
Best supporting actor: Manoj Joshi for Dashkriya
Best supporting actress: Zaira Wasim for Dangal

Best child Artist: Adhish Praveen (Kunju Daivam), Saj (Noor Islam), Manohara (Railway Children)

Best environmental film: The Tiger who crossed the line
Best educational film: The Waterfalls

Best investigative film: Placebo

Best non-feature film: Fireflies in the Abyss

Special mention award: The Eyes of Darkness

Special mention (feature film): Kadwi Hawa, Mukti Bhavan, Adil Hussain for Mukti Bhavan and Sonam Kapoor for Neerja

Best VFX: Shivaay

Best popular film: Sathamanam Bhavathi
Best stunt choreography: Peter Hein for Pulimurugan

Best music: Leeches

Best male playback singer: Sundar Iyer
Best female playback singer: Iman Chakraborty
Best screenplay (original): Syam Pushkaran for Maheshinte Prathikaram
Best screenplay (adapted): Sanjay Krishnaji Patel for Dashakriya
Best sound editing and mixing: Rameshwar for Ventilator
Best sound designer: Jayadevan for Kaadu Pookunna Neram
Best production design: 24 (Tamil)
Best costume designer: Sachin

Best make-up artist: MK Ramakrishna
Best music direction: Babu Padmanabha
Special Jury award: Mohanlal for Pulimurugan, Janatha Garage and Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol

Best book on cinema: Lata Surgatha for her book on legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar

Best animation: Hum Chitra Banate Hain

Best short fiction: Aba

Best biographical/historical reconstruction: Zikr Uss Parivash Ka

Best non-feature film: Chembai: My Discovery of a Legend (Malayalam)

Best writing in films: G Dhananjayan

Indira Gandhi Award for debut director: Khalifa (Bengali)

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DR Karthikeyan attends Rocketry: The Nambi Effect premier, recalls experience with Dr Nambi Narayanan




Radhika Dhawad | Delhi
Former CBI Director DR Karthikeyan, ex-officials from the probe agency recently attended special screening of ‘Rocketry: The Nambi Effect.’

R Madhavan with DR Karthikeyan (centre)

Former CBI Director DR Karthikeyan, former officials from the probe agency and members of the film industry recently attended a special screening of film ‘Rocketry: The Nambi Effect’ at Siri Fort auditorium in New Delhi.

DR Karthikeyan writes…

“On personal invitation phone call from Dr Nambi Narayanan, I had the opportunity to see the very first premier show of the film ROCKETRY – The Nambi Effect – at Sirifort Auditorium, Delhi on 26th June – Sunday evening.

On arrival at the venue, I was happy to be met by the talented Star/Director/Producer  Mr R Madhavan and senior officers of the Ministry of I&B, Govt of India. It was an amazing production – destined to get an award – nationally and globally! The movie was screened all over the world on 1st July – produced both in English, Hindi and Tamil and also dubbed in many more languages.

Former CBI Director DR Karthikeyan, ex-officials from the probe agency recently attended special screening of ‘Rocketry: The Nambi Effect.’

At the end of the show at the packed auditorium, I was invited by Mr Madhavan to the stage and given a bouquet of flowers along with my colleague PM Nair IPS. I shared a couple of words with the audience. “At that time when there was sensation about the so called “ISRO Spy Case,” I was asked by the CBI HQ for my opinion. I was then investigating Rajiv Gandhi Assassination –  as Chief of SIT CBI – I spent a few hours of conversation with Dr Nambi Narayanan who was in our custody at Malligai, Headquarters of SIT CBI at Chennai. I had no hesitation in reporting to CBI Hq my finding that not only Nambi Narayanan is innocent of any of the charges alleged against him but also he was a noble person.” It so happened when his case came up before the National Human Rights Commission for compensation, I was the Director General, NHRC at Delhi.

After hearing from me what actually happened to Nambi Narayanan, the Commission awarded him financial compensation, as interim relief. Dr Nambi Narayanan has been in touch with me since then from time to time. 

Here is one of his recent communications to me on WhatsApp – “The role you had played in relieving me from the charges was immense.Thank you very much Sir. I will be certainly very happy to meet you in person when I visit Delhi. Once again thank you very much! With regards Nambi Narayanan”. 

As early as on 30th June 2021, Dr Nambi Narayanan had sent to me on email – the extract – MEETING KARTHIKEYAN  ‘Pray to God, he will come.’– chapter 14 of his just then released Biography “Ready to Fire”- (How India and I Survived The ISRO Spy Case).  The same is also attached herewith. The life of Padma Bhushan Dr Nambi Narayanan, the celebrated space scientist, which is very powerfully portrayed in the movie Rocketry – The Nambi Effect carries a powerful message to everyone.

Satyameva Jayate – Truth alone triumphs – Mundaka Upanishad.

While the guilty should be identified and punished promptly and severely, no innocent or the family should suffer physically or mentally or emotionally. That should be the commitment on the part of everyone of us – particularly those in charge of governance, administration, law enforcement, intelligence and the judiciary!”

Released on July 1, the film is a biographical drama based on the life of Nambi Narayanan, a former scientist and aerospace engineer of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), who was falsely charged with espionage in 1994.

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Chandrashekhar Bawankule unveils poster, releases trailer of Nagpur film ‘Aamhi Butterfly’




Nation Next Newsroom | Photographer : Nitin Mankar | Nagpur

Former Maharashtra Minister and current MLC Chandrashekhar Bawankule unveiled the poster and released the trailer and songs of the upcoming Marathi film – Aamhi Butterfly – at an event held at Deshpande Hall in Nagpur. The film, which has been shot in Nagpur and other parts of Vidarbha, has been directed by Aniiket Limje and produced by Rajesh Rangari and Shrinivas Shiras.

Many child actors who have worked in the movie are from Vidarbha. During the trailer launch, MLA Tekchand Sawakar, actor Girish Pardesi and other actors from the movie, were present. Aamhi Butterfly is going to be released in August 2022.

Above are some of the pictures from the event!

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Ram Kamal Mukherjee named ‘Best Director’ for his short film ‘Ek Duaa’ at IWMBuzz Digital Awards




Nation Next Newsroom | Mumbai

Ram Kamal Mukherjee (R) whikle receiving the ‘Best Director’ trophy at IWMBuzz Digital Awards ceremony in Mumbai

Filmmaker Ram Kamal Mukherjee won the ‘Best Director’ award for his short film ‘Ek Duaa’ at the recently held IWMBuzz Digital Awards ceremony at Taj Lands End in Mumbai. The film is produced by Esha Deol Takhtani and Assorted Motion Pictures. Apart from winning the award, it was a special occasion for Mukherjee as two other films he directed also got recognized.

Esha won the ‘Best Actress’ award in the popular categories for her critically acclaimed performance in ‘Ek Duaa.’ After accepting the award, Esha said: “This film is extremely special for me, because I turned producer with this film and I would like to give entire credit to captain of the ship Ram Kamal Mukherjee for bringing such a wonderful subject to me.”

Avinash Dwivedi won the ‘Most Promising Debut’ award for his acclaimed performance in ‘Rickshawala,’ a film directed by Mukherjee. Avinash, who was accompanied by his wife and actor Sambhavna Seth, said: “This is beyond my expectation that today I am getting this recognition as an actor amidst all Bollywood celebrities for my role in Ram Kamal sir’s film Rickshawala. To get honoured for a regional cinema amidst such Bollywood biggie reinforced my faith in good content.”

Gurmeet Choudhary won the ‘Most Popular Actor’ award for his performance in Mukherjee’s film ‘Shubho Bijoya.’ Choudhary said: “Ram Kamal is an amazing story teller. When he narrated this story to me and Debina, we knew that this film will click instantly. I am honoured to receive this award, though the competition was really tough. I thank my fans and jury members who voted for me.”

Other winners at the award ceremony included Kartik Aaryan, Kiara Advani, Rakul Preet, Raveena Tandon, Huma Qureshi, Dino Morea, Sikander Kher, Sonu Sood, Anurag Kashyap, Guneet Monga, Manish Paul and other popular names from the Hindi film industry.

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