Today (May 3, 2016) the 63rd National Film Awards ceremony got a dash of glitz and glamour of Bollywood with Megastar Amitabh Bachchan and Kangana Ranaut getting Best Actor and Best Actress honours. President Pranab Mukherjee presented the awards at the ceremony at Vigyan Bhavan.
Along with Amitabh & Kangana, entire Bachchan parivaar, ace director Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Kalki Koechlin, Kabir Khan, Remo D'Souza and other celebs were also present.
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While Amitabh, dressed up in a black suit, picked up the award for his act as a Bengali father in Piku, which also starred Deepika Padukone, Kangana looking radiant in off-shoulder gown got the honour for her superlative dual act in Tanu Weds Manu Returns. She has previously won National Awards twice for her roles in Fashion and Queen.
A total of 21 awards were given by the President in the Non-Feature Film category while the number of awards in Feature Film category were 51. And to add to it, three awards were given to Best Writing on Cinema.
It was the tragic romance saga of Maratha warrior Peshwa Bajirao I (played by Ranveer Singh) and Mastani (Deepika Padukone) in "Bajirao Mastani" that shone through the ceremony as it scooped up many honours. Sanjay Leela Bhansali got the Best Director award for it as Remo D'Souza won the award in Best Choreography.
Superstar Salman Khan's on-screen journey to Pakistan from India via "Bajrangi Bhaijaan" became the Best Popular Film providing Wholesome Entertainment. The film's director Kabir Khan, looking sophisticated in black bandhgala, received the award.
A special jury award has been conferred on Kalki Koechlin, who exuded charm in a off-white sari with green border, for the film "Margarita with a Straw".
This year National Film Awards included a special award given to the state of Gujarat for being the most film friendly state in the country and veteran film actor and director Manoj Kumar was conferred with the 47th Dadasaheb Phalke Award at the function.
Inputs From IANS