Prakash Raj was honoured as 'Best Actor" for his awe-inspiring performance in offbeat film Kanchivaram while Priyadarshan was awarded as 'Best Filmmaker" for the same film. Music director Shankar Mahadevan bagged 'Best Male playback singer" for his enchanting song 'Maa" of Taare Zameen Par.
The Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Smt. Ambika Soni, the Ministers of State for Information and Broadcasting, Shri Mohan Jatua and Dr. S. Jagathrakshakan and the Director, Directorate of Film Festivals, Shri S.M. Khan were also present for the occasion.
Director Priyadarshan is much elated with this prestigious award and had wished more good films from Indian film industry must be promoted all throughout the globe.
The 55th National Awards ceremony was held at New Delhi. Actor Prakash Raj, Priyadarshan were honoured by Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, President of India.