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67th National Film Awards: Kangana wins best actress award for ‘Manikarnika,’ SSRs ‘Chhichhore’ declared best film

The winners of 67th National Film Awards were announced on Monday. While Sushant Singh Rajput-starrer ‘Chhichhore’ bagged the National Award in the best Hindi film category, actress Kangana Ranaut won the best actress award for her films ‘Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi? and Panga.

Manoj Bajpaypee and Dhanush were awarded best actors for Hindi film ‘Bhonsle’ and Tamil movie Asuran’ respectively.

Here are all the other winners of 67th National Film Awards:

– Most film-friendly state: Sikkim

– Best Book on Cinema: A Gandhian Affair: India’s Curious Portrayal of Love in Cinema by Sanjay Suri

– Best Film Critic: Sohini Chattopadhyay


– Best Narration: Wild Karnataka, Sir David Attenborough

– Best Editing: Shut Up Sona, Arjun Gourisaria

– Best Audiography: Radha (Musical), Allwin Rego and Sanjay Maurya

– Best On-Location Sound Recordist: Rahas (Hindi), Saptarshi Sarkar

– Best Cinematography: Sonsi, Savita Singh

– Best Direction: Knock Knock Knock (English/Bengali), Sudhanshu Saria

– Best Film on Family Values: Oru Paathiraa Swapnam Pole (Malayalam)

– Best Short Fiction Film: Custody (Hindi/English)

Special Jury Award: Small Scale Societies (English)

– Best Animation Film: Radha (Musical)

– Best Investigative Film: Jakkal

– Best Exploration Film: Wild Karnataka (English)

– Best Education Film: Apples and Oranges (English)

– Best Film on Social Issues: Holy Rights (Hindi) and Ladli (Hindi)

– Best Environment Film: The Stork Saviours (Hindi)

– Best Promotional Film: The Shower (Hindi)

– Best Art and Culture Film: Shrikshetra-Ru-Sahijata (Odia)

– Best Biographical Film: Elephants Do Remember (English)

– Best Ethnographic Film: Charan-Atva The Essence of Being a Nomad (Gujarati)

– Best Debut Non-Feature Film of a Director: Khisa (Marathi)

– Best Non-Feature Film: An Engineered Dream (Hindi)


Special Mention: Biryani (Malayalam), Jonaki Porua (Assamese), Lata Bhagwan Kare (Marathi), Picasso (Marathi)

– Best Tulu Film: Pingara

– Best Paniya Film: Kenjira

– Best Mishing Film: Anu Ruwad

– Best Khasi Film: Lewduh

– Best Haryanvi Film: Chhoriyan Chhoron Se Kam Nahi Hoti

– Best Chattisgarhi Film: Bhulan The Maze

– Best Telugu Film: Jersey

– Best Tamil Film: Asuran

– Best Punjabi Film: Rab Da Radio 2

– Best Odiya Film: Sala Budhar Badla and Kalira Atita

– Best Manipuri Film: Eigi Kona

– Best Malayalam Film: Kalla Nottam

– Best Marathi Film: Bardo

– Best Konkani Film: Kaajro

– Best Kannada Film: Akshi

– Best Hindi Film: Chhichhore

– Best Bengali Film: Gumnaami

– Best Assamese Film: Ronuwa- Who Never Surrender

– Best Action Direction Award

– Best Stunt: Avane Srimannarayana (Kannada)

– Best Choreography: Maharshi (Telugu)

– Best Special Effects: Marakkar- Arab

– Special Jury Award: Oththa Seruppu Size-7 (Tamil)

– Best Lyrics: Kolaambi (Malayalam)

– Best Music Direction

– Songs: Viswasam (Tamil)

– Music Direction: Jyeshthoputro

– Make-Up Artist: Helen

– Best Production Design: Anandi Gopal

– Best Editing: Jersey (Telugu)

– Best Audiography: lewduh (Khasi)

– Best Screenplay

– Original Screenplay: Jyeshthoputri

– Adapted Screenplay: Gumnaami

– Dialogue Writer: The Tashkent Files (Hindi)

– Best Cinematography: Jallikkattu (Malayalam)

– Best Female Playback Singer: Bardo (Marathi)

– Best Male Playback Singer: Kesari, Teri Mitti (Hindi)

– Best Supporting Actress: The Tashkent Files, Pallavi Joshi

– Best Supporting Actor: Super Deluxe, Vijaya Sethupathi

– Best Actress: Kangana Ranaut (Manikarnika, Panga)

– Best Actor: Manoj Bajpayee for Bhonsle and Dhanush for Asuran

– Best Direction: Bahattar Hoorain

– Best Children Film: Kastoori (Hindi)

– Best Film on Environment Conservation: Water Burial

– Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of Director: Helen (Malayalam)

– Best Feature Film: Marakkar Lion of the Arabian Sea (Malayalam)

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‘Parineeta,’ ‘Mardaani’ director Pradeep Sarkar passes away at 67




Radhika Dhawad | Mumbai
Renowned filmmaker Pradeep Sarkar, best known for films like Parineeta, Mardaani, etc., passed away at the age of 67.

Pradeep Sarkar

Renowned filmmaker Pradeep Sarkar, best known for films like Parineeta, Mardaani, etc., passed away at the age of 67 on Friday morning in Mumbai.  Sharing the news, director Hansal Mehta wrote, “Pradeep Sarkar. Dada. RIP.” Sarkar had been unwell for a while and was undergoing dialysis. His potassium levels had dropped drastically so had to be rushed to a hospital at 3 am on Friday.

Actor Ajay Devgn, on his Twitter, wrote, “The news of Pradeep Sarkar’s demise, ‘Dada’ to some of us is still hard to digest. My deepest condolences. My prayers are with the departed and his family. RIP Dada.”

Actor Manoj Bajpayee retweeted Hansal Mehta’s tweet and he wrote, “Ohh! That’s so shocking! Rest in peace Dada.” Filmmaker Ashoke Pandit, in his tribute, wrote, “Sad to know that well known brilliant filmmaker of our country Pradeep Sarkar ji passes away. A great loss to the film industry. Heartfelt condolences to his family and near ones.”

Sarkar, who first worked as an editor on Munna Bhai MBBS, had directed several evergreen music videos that went on to define excellence in visual appeal and storytelling in the 90’s including Euphoria’s ‘Dhoom Pichak Dhoom,’ ‘Maaeri’ and Sultan Khan’s ‘Piya Basanti’ and Bhupen Hazarika’s ‘Ganga.’ 

Sarkar’s funeral will take place at 4 pm at Santacruz Hindu Crematorium in Mumbai. “It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that Pradeep Sarkar has departed for his heavenly abode. Please join us at 4pm for his funeral at Santacruz Hindu Crematorium to say goodbye to him,” read an official statement.

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Inside the famous ₹1.3 crore worth gift bag given to Oscar nominees this year…




Radhika Dhawad | Los Angeles

Oscar gift bag: The gift bag worth ₹1.3 crore is given to nominees who don’t go home with the Oscar award this year.

Oscars is giving out gift bags worth ₹1.3 crore to nominees who don’t go home with the Oscar award this year. Such is the value of the gift bag that brands pay an exorbitant fee just to be included in the hope that celebrities will promote them.

According to a report by Marketing Brew, brands pay a $4,000 (approximately ₹3.28 lakh) to have their product/service in the bag.

What is in the gift bag this time?

  • Luxurious skincare products
  • Bath ritual sets
  • Celebrity-founded tequila
  • Luxury vacations to Italy and Canada
  • Art Lipo body sculpting
  • High-tech meditation orb
  • Flip flops
  • Various luxury food items such as honey, biscuits and more
  • One-square metre plot of land in Queensland, Australia 
  • Cosmetic surgery vouchers
  • Inside are skincare products from Miage
  • Silk pillowcase from Blush Silks
  • Travel pillow from PETA

Premium products from…

  • Ariadne Athens Skin Wellness
  • All Better Co., 
  • Bored Rebel, 
  • Daily Energy Cards, 
  • Effecti-cal, 
  • Kind Reason Co., 
  • KnowingLabs, 
  • Maison Construction, 
  • NaturGeeks, 
  • Rareté Studios, 
  • ReFa, 
  • Proflexa, 
  • Oxygenetix,
  • Millions-Billions-Trillions Brand, among others

Featuring over 60 items, the gift bag this year has several premium beauty and lifestyle gifts, luxury vacations including a $40,000  (over ₹32 lakhs) getaway to a Canadian estate called The Lifestyle, a stay for eight people in a restored Italian lighthouse and ‘a symbolic souvenir’ of a piece of land in Queensland in Australia!

Those wanting to renovate their homes can use the $25,000 (over ₹20 lakhs) worth project management fees for home restoration from Maison Construction apart from lipo-arm sculpting, hair restoration services and a facelift.

While over 50% of the products reportedly come from companies that are women and minority-owned, the gifts will be delivered in Havaianas suitcases this year. The least expensive gifts include a pack of Clif Thins priced at $13.56, and an $18 loaf of Japanese milk bread from Ginza Nishikawa.

Who receives this coveted gift?

The Oscar gift bags are given to the hosts and the nominees for Best Director, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress. Howevr, the recipients also have the right to refuse to accept gifts. Last year, actor Denzel Washington reportedly declined his gift and actor JK Simmons donated it to a charity auction, as did George Clooney in 2006. Moreover, the products and services in the bag are a gift, the recipient does need to pay taxes on it, as it is considered an income.

Also read: Oscars 2023: ‘Naatu Naatu’ from ‘RRR’ wins Best Original Song

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Oscars 2023: ‘Naatu Naatu’ from ‘RRR’ wins Best Original Song




Radhika Dhawad | Los Angeles

A still from ‘Natu Natu’

‘Natu Natu’ song from SS Rajamouli’s magnum opus movie RRR created history be becoming first Indian film ever to win an Oscar for the Best Original Song at Oscars 2023 on Sunday at Los Angeles. 

Keeravaani, music composer of the song, accepted the award in a musical fashion, describing the song as ‘the pride of India’ and greeting Oscar audiences with a ‘namaste.’ RRR is the first Indian film in over two decades to be nominated for the Academy Awards while ‘Naatu Naatu‘ was the first Indian song to be nominated at the Oscars.

In the category, the Telugu song was nominated alongside ‘Applause’ from from “Tell It Like a Woman”, ‘Hold My Hand’ from “Top Gun: Maverick,” ‘Lift Me Up’ from “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” and ‘This Is a Life’ from “Everything Everywhere All at Once.”

Last week, legendary music composer AR Rahman had told ANI, “I want Natu Natu to win awards, I want them to win the Grammy also because any award for any of us will lift India up and the concentration of our culture will become higher.”

He added, “I thought it (India getting a nomination) would start ten years back. It’s 12 years late. This should happen every year from India because we are a country of 1.3 billion people and there are amazing geniuses in every aspect of filmmaking. Most of the movies don’t enter the competition. At least they (makers of RRR) had the thing to put it out there. If nobody knows your movie, who is going to vote for it? I wish them the very best and I want them to win.”

As of 2022, apart from Mother India, only two Indian films have been nominated for the Oscars are Salaam Bombay! (1988) and Lagaan (2001). however, both the movies couldn’t bag the prestigious award.

In 2008, AR Rahman won two awards at the Oscars for his work on the Hollywood production Slumdog Millionaire, set in India, with an all-Indian cast however it was not India’s entry.

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