The 69th National Film Awards event took place today at New Delhi’s Vigyan Bhawan, where President Droupadi Murmu presented the honours. Allu Arjun (Best Actor), Alia Bhatt and Kriti Sanon (Best Actress), and the crews of the films RRR, Sardar Udham, Gangubai Kathiawadi, and The Kashmir Files, all of which received several awards, were among the winners of the National Awards for the year 2021, which were announced in August. The award for Best Feature Film went to Rocketry: The Nambi Effect. Waheeda Rehman received the Dada Saheb Phalke Award, India’s highest cinema honour.
Alia Bhatt and Kriti Sanon won the Best Actress award
Alia Bhatt accepted her award for Best Actress while wearing a Sabyasachi bridal saree and flowers in her hair. On the red carpet, Alia, who was joined by husband Ranbir Kapoor, stated, “The only word on my forehead today is gratitude.” Alia praised her National Award triumph for her performance in and as Gangubai Kathiawadi as a “pinch me moment.”
Kriti Sanon also donned a cream saree with flowers in her hair. Kriti and Alia shared the Best Actress award for their work in the film Mimi, in which they portrayed a surrogate mother. She added on the red carpet that she felt “blessed and fortunate” to have been able to portray such a deep part.
Allu Arjun and R Madhavan received awards
Allu Arjun, who won Best Actor for Pushpa: The Rise, noted on the red carpet that winning for a commercial film was a “double achievement.” One of Telugu cinema’s top performers, Allu Arjun, played the title mobster in Pushpa: The Rise and will reprise the role in Pushpa: The Rule.
Rocketry: The Nambi Effect, directed by R Madhavan, won Best Feature Film. “My God, it’s all been worth it,” he said on the red carpet.