Ever since the announcement of the 64th National Film Awards was made yesterday, there has been a heated discussion on the social media pertaining to the winners. Some felt that theperformances of Shahrukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Manoj Bajpayee were snubbed while the others finally broke into joy for Akshay Kumar bagging his first National Award for Rustom.
Amidst all these it was these revelations made by the Jury Head
Priyadarshan that left us speechless. Read on to know more-
Dangal Missed Out Because Of Powerful Regional Films
Many felt that Aamir Khan's Dangal was ignored this year. To
which Priyadarshan said, "Dangalwas recalled actually. I
called it back to see it again.Dangalmissed out because
of the powerful regional films. It's not because of anything else.
Some of the Marathi and Bengali films were brilliant and
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Was A Strong Contender For The National Award For Best Actress For Sarbjit
Yes, you heard it right. Priyadarshan dropped a bomb when he
said, "For the Best Actress Award, more than the body of work the
performance was considered. Also, there weren't many actresses who
were part of a lot of films and put up great performances.
Surabhi's only competition was with Aishwarya Rai for Sarabjit.
Surabhi clinched the award as she brilliantly performed her role of
a non-glamourous Indian woman and carried the film on her
Well, this literally stumped up considering Ash's role in
Sarbjit had received so much flak both from the critics as well as
Akshay Kumar Won A National Award For Both, Rustom And Airlift
The minute the news of Akshay Kumar winning the Best Actor Award
for Rustom went viral, one saw many trolls pertaining to the film
for which he bagged the award. However Priyadarshan lost no time in
clarifying, "For the Best Actor category, we had four people in the
final round. Akshay had two films (‘Airlift' and ‘Rustom').
Mohanlal had three films. Besides them, two other Bengali actors
were there. Akshay and Mohanlal were the main two contenders." He
also added, "Akshay has won the Best Actor award for both Airlift
and Rustom. For technical reasons only Rustom is mentioned in the
list of awardees. But he has given contrasting and extremely
sensitive performances in both Airlift and Rustom, and we thought
it was only fair to honour him for both!"
Justifying their choice of the winner, he added, "Sometimes, an
actor looks impressive because of a tailor-made role. But that's
not an actor. An actor is somebody who does different roles and
survives for years... So considering that we found Akshay to be the
Meanwhile Akshay's First Reaction On National Award Win
In an interview to Hindustan Times, reacting to his big win,
Akshay said, "Honestly, my first reaction was, ‘Is this a late
April Fool's joke?' If you think I am kidding, I am actually not. I
am still trying to process this. It's a mix of so many emotions -
surprise, happiness and most importantly gratitude to the jury, the
makers of the film, my parents and, of course my beloved fans," he
says. "Of course, 2016 was fantastic and I couldn't have asked for
more but I guess there are more things in the offing. But I don't
think anything can stop this National award win."
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