The winners of the National Film Awards 2023 are all set to be unveiled on August 24 at 5 PM. As the entire industry and fans nationwide eagerly await to hear the names of their favourite films and stars being announced on the special day, here is how you can watch the announcement live. (Also read: IIFA 2023 winners full list: Hrithik Roshan and Alia Bhatt bag best actors, Brahmastra and Gangubai Kathiawadi win big)
Where to watch?
The announcement of the 69th edition of the National Film Awards is scheduled to begin at 5 PM. The winners will be announced during a press conference by the jury at the National Media Center, New Delhi. The event can be watched live on PIB India’s Facebook page and their YouTube channel as well.
Last year, at the 68th National Film Awards, it was Ajay Devgn and Suriya who had won the Best Actor award for their performances in Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior and Soororai Pottru respectively. Suriya’s co-star Aparna Balamurali had won the Best Actress as well. Soororai Poottru also won the National Award for Best Feature Film.
Who will win?
Meanwhile, for this year’s awards, several names from Bollywood are also doing the rounds in the predictions. Chief among them are for Best Actress, where Alia Bhatt and Kangana Ranaut’s names are being considered for their turns in Gangubai Kathiawadi (2022) and Thalaivii (2021) respectively. Kangana is already a multiple National Award-winning actor, having won for one for Supporting Actress for Fashion (2008), and three for Best Actress, for the films Queen (2014), Tanu Weds Manu Returns (2015), and Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi (2019) as well as Panga (2020) respectively. Alia, on the other hand, recently won the Filmfare Award for Best Actress for Gangubai Kathiawadi
Renowned actor Allu Arjun has clinched the prestigious Best Actor award at the 69th National Film Awards, the winners of which were unveiled on Thursday. Allu Arjun earned this distinguished honour for his exceptional portrayal in the blockbuster movie ‘Pushpa: The Rise’. Arjun’s enthralling performance in ‘Pushpa: The Rise’ not only enthralled audiences but also garnered widespread critical acclaim, solidifying his reputation as a versatile and accomplished actor.
Besides this National Award, Allu Arjun boasts an impressive collection of accolades which includes six Filmfare Awards and three Nandi Awards.
Allu Arjun made his cinematic debut with ‘Gangotri’ in 2003. His breakthrough came with Sukumar’s iconic film ‘Arya’ (2004), for which he was honoured with a Nandi Special Jury Award.
Notably, he further strengthened his standing with impactful performances in action-packed movies like ‘Bunny’ (2005), ‘Desamuduru’ (2007), and the romantic drama ‘Parugu’ (2008), which earned him his first Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Telugu.
69th National Film Awards: Alia Bhatt And Kriti Sanon Share ‘Best Actress Award’
The National Film Awards 2023 have honoured two accomplished actresses with the coveted ‘Best Actress Award’ for their performances. Alia Bhatt, acclaimed for her role in ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi,’ and Kriti Sanon, celebrated for her portrayal in ‘Mimi,’ both clinched the prestigious accolade.
Alia Bhatt was honoured with the National Award for Best Actress for her role in Gangubai Kathiawadi, which she shared with Kriti Sanon for Mimi. Allu Arjun was named the Best Actor for Pushpa: The Rise. The award for the best film on National Integration was claimed by The Kashmir Files.
Everyone was eagerly awaiting the announcement of the National Film Awards 2023, which took place today in Delhi. At the national awards, Sardar Udham, RRR, and Gangubai Kathiawadi took home major prizes. According to Neerja Sekhar, Additional Secretary, I&B, 158 non-feature films in 23 languages and a total of 280 feature films in 28 languages have been submitted for evaluation. The prizes were announced by director Ketan Mehta.
R Madhavan’s film Rocketery: The Nambi Effect secured the Best Feature Film award. Alia Bhatt was honoured with the National Award for Best Actress for her role in Gangubai Kathiawadi, which she shared with Kriti Sanon for Mimi. Allu Arjun was named the Best Actor for Pushpa: The Rise. The award for the best film on National Integration was claimed by The Kashmir Files. RRR bagged the National Award for Best Film providing wholesome entertainment, in addition to accolades for Action Direction, Choreography, and Special Effects. Shershaah was bestowed with a Special Jury Award.
Here’s the full list of the winners:
Best Feature Film: Rocketry
Best Director: Nikhil Mahajan, Godavari
Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment: RRR
Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration: The Kashmir Files
Best Actor: Allu Arjun, Pushpa
Best Actress: Alia Bhatt, Gangubai Kathiawadi and Kriti Sanon, Mimi
Best Supporting Actor: Pankaj Tripathi, Mimi
Best Supporting Actress: Pallavi Joshi, The Kashmir Files
Best Child Artist: Bhavin Rabari, Chhello Show
Best Screenplay (Original): Shahi Kabir, Nayattu
Best Screenplay (Adapted): Sanjay Leela Bhansali & Utkarshini Vashishtha, Gangubai Kathiawadi
Best Dialogue Writer: Utkarshini Vashishtha & Prakash Kapadia, Gangubai Kathiawadi
Best Music Director (Songs): Devi Sri Prasad, Pushpa
Best Music Direction (Background Music): MM Keeravaani, RRR
Best Male Playback Singer: Kaala Bhairava, RRR
Best Female Playback Singer: Shreya Ghoshal, Iravin Nizhal
Best Lyrics: Chandrabose, Konda Polam’s Dham Dham Dham
Best Hindi Film: Sardar Udham
Best Kannada Film: 777 Charlie
Best Malayalam Film: Home
Best Gujarati Film: Chhello Show
Best Tamil Film: Kadaisi Vivasayi
Best Telugu Film: Uppena
Best Maithili Film: Samanantar
Best Mishing Film: Boomba Ride
Best Marathi Film: Ekda Kaay Zala
Best Bengali Film: Kalkokkho
Best Assamese Film: Anur
Best Meiteilon Film: Eikhoigi Yum
Best Odiya Film: Pratikshya
Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of a Director: Meppadiyan, Vishnu Mohan
Best Film on Social Issues: Anunaad – The Resonance
Best Film on Environment Conservation/Preservation: Aavasavyuham
Best Children’s Film: Gandhi and Co
Best Audiography (Location Sound Recordist): Arun Asok & Sonu K P, Chavittu
Best Audiography (Sound Designer): Aneesh Basu, Jhilli
Best Audiography (Re-recordist of the final mixed track): Sinoy Joseph, Sardar Udham
Best Choreography: Prem Rakshith, RRR
Best Cinematography: Avik Mukhopadhayay, Sardar Udham
Best Costume Designer: Veera Kapur Ee, Sardar Udham
Best Special Effects: Srinivas Mohan, RRR
Best Production Design: Dmitrii Malich and Mansi Dhruv Mehta, Sardar Udham
Best Editing: Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Gangubai Kathiawadi
Best Make-up: Preetisheel Singh, Gangubai Kathiawadi
Best Stunt Choreography: King Soloman, RRR
Special Jury Award: Shershaah, Vishnuvardhan
Special Mention: 1. Late Shri Nallandi, Kadaisi Vivasayi 2. Aranya Gupta & Bithan Biswas, Jhilli 3. Indrans, Home 4. Jahanara Begum, Anur
Best Non-feature film: Ek Tha Gaon
Best Direction (Non-feature film): Bakul Matiyani, Smile Please
Best Debut Non-Feature Film of a Director: Paanchika, Ankit Kothari
Bes Anthropological Film: Fire on Edge
Best Biographical Film: 1. Rukhu Matir Dukhu Majhi, 2. Beyond Blast
Best Arts Films: T.N. Krishnan Bow Strings to Divine
Best Science & Technology Films: Ethos of Darkness
Best Promotional Film: Endangered Heritage ‘Warli Art’
Best Environment Film (Non-feature film): Munnam Valavu
Best Film on Social Issues (Non-feature film): 1. Mithu Di, 2. Three Two One
Best Investigative Film: Looking For Challan
Best Exploration Film: Ayushman
Best Educational Film: Sirpigalin Sirpangal
Best Short Fiction Film: Dal Bhat
Best Animation Film: Kandittundu
Best Film on Family Values: Chand Saanse
Best Cinematography (Non-feature film): Bittu Rawat, Pataal
Best Audiography (Re-recordist of the final mixed track) (Non-feature film): Unni krishnan, Ek Tha Gaon
Best Production Sound Recordist (Location/Sync Sound) (Non-feature film): Suruchi Sharma, Meen Raag
Best Editing (Non-feature film): Abhro Banerjee, If Memory Serves Me Right
Best Music Direction (Non-feature film): Ishaan Divecha, Succelent
Best Narration/Voice Over (Non-feature film): Kulada Kumar Bhattacharjee, Hathibondhu
Special Mention (Non-feature film): 1. Aniruddha Jatkar, Baale Bangara, 2. Srikanth Deva, Karuvarai, 3. Sweta Kumar Das, The Healing Touch, 4. Ram Kamal Mukherjee, Ek Duaa
Special Jury Award (Non-feature film): Shekhar Bapu Rankhambe, Rekha
Best Book on Cinema: Music by Laxmikant Pyarelal: The Incredibly Melodious Journey by Rajiv Vijayakar
Best Film Critic: Purushothama Charyulu
Best Film Critic (Special Mention): Subramanya Bandoor