the actress said, “I am elated, happy
and speechless at the moment. It can’t
get better than this. Muthazhagu has given
me everything- Name, Fame, Awards, Recognition
and above all box-office success.”
The best Tamil film went to Vasanthabalan’s
Veyil. Finally, Soumitra Chatterjee bagged
best actor for the Bengali film, Podokhep.
Unbelievably enough, this marvellous actor
has never won a National Award for this
category before! The best feature went to
the Malayalam film Pulijanmam, directed
by Priyanandanan. Once again, Madhur Bhandarkar
bagged best director for Traffic Signal.
Speaking to the media, an elated Bhandarkar
quipped, “The National Award is the
only big award for me. It’s an honour
and I could not have asked for more,"
Predictably Lage Raho Munnabhai won for
most popular film, while Kabul Express and
Eakantham jointly took the Indira Gandhi
prize for best first film of a director.
The youngest director in the world, Kishan
SS (who was nine when he made the film)
won best children’s film for Care
of Footpath. Vishal Bhardwaj was given a
special jury award for Omkara, while Konkona
Sen Sharma took best supporting actress
for the same. Dilip Prabhavalkar won best
supporting actor for LRM and for Shevri.
Best cinematography was awarded to Goutam
Ghose for Yatra.