Happy Saturday! I was up way too late last night after the movie, and I didn’t even finish my reviews yet. But today I am going to be all productive and write lots and lots of stuff.
National Awards! Announced yesterday! Full list here, tell me what you think. I can tell you what I think.
I think it is ridiculous that they squeezed in Uri even though it released in 2019.
I think Andhadhun was a great choice for Hindi
Sudani From Nigeria was a good choice for Malayalam (although personally, I think Koode was better. But they are really more like tied, it’s just personal taste).
I think Mahanati should have gotten best costumes, but NOT best film (I would have picked Awe or Goodacheri over it, and I didn’t even like Awe that much and I haven’t seen Goodacheri).
I wouldn’t have picked Keerthy for best actress. Tabu, Parvathy, Neena Gupta, all better choices.
I’m fine with Ayushmann as best actor, but he shouldn’t have to share it with Vicky for a 2019 movie. Really, how did they think they could get away with that?
I think it’s hilarious how they squeezed in Padmaavat as much as possible while still aware that they couldn’t really justify giving it an acting or best picture award.
Pad Man won the award for best film on social issues, thus fulfilling the requirement of Akshay Kumar winning a National Award one way or the other every single year. At least it wasn’t another best actor.
Yaaaaay, Kammara Sambhavam won something! That was a brilliant brilliant DARK movie! Now I want to come back and watch the movie within a movie section again, the only bit that was just straight up funny, not “I don’t know if I should laugh or cry” funny.
And finally, once again, I have NOT won the National Award for best film critic. Clearly the Jury is biased against people they have never heard of who also aren’t Indian.
Now, what are your thoughts?
Most film-friendly state: Uttarakhand
Best book on cinema: Malayalam Book Mano Prarthana Pulley; In A Cult Of Their Own gets Special Mention
Best Film Critic: Blase Johnny (Malayalam), Ananth Vijay (Hindi)
NON FEATURE FILM CATEGORY
Best Film on Family Values: Chalo Jeete Hain
Best Short Fiction Film: Kharvas
Social Justice Film: Why Me
Best Investigation Film: Amoli
Best Sports Film: Swimming Through The Darkness
Best Educational Film: Sarala Virala
Best Film on Social Issue: Taala Te Kunjee
Best Environmental Film: The World’s Most Famous Tiger
Best Promotional Film: Rediscovering Jajam
Best Film on Science and Technology: G.D.Naidu : The Edison Of India
Best Arts and Cultural Film: Bunkar: The Last of The Varanasi Weavers
Best Debut Non-Feature Film of a Director: Sagnik Chatterjee for Feluda_50 Years Rays Detective
Best Non-Feature Film: Sunrise, The Secret Life of Frogs
Actors who get special mention for their performance: Sruthi Hariharan, Chandrachud Rai, Josy Joseph, Savitri
Best Rajasthani Film: Turtle
Best Pangchenpa Film: In The Land Of Poison Women
Best Garo Film: Ma’ama
Best Marathi Film: Bhonga
Best Tamil Film: Baaram
Best Hindi Film: Andhadhun
Best Urdu Film: Hamid
Best Bengali Film: Ek Je Chhilo Raja
Best Malayalam Film: Sudani From Nigeria
Best Telugu Film: Mahanati
Best Kannada Film: Nathicharami
Best Konkani Film: Amori
Best Assamese Film: Bulbul Can Sing
Best Punjabi Film: Harjeeta
Best Gujarati Film: Reva
Best Choreography: Kruti Mahesh Midya and Jyothi D Tommaar for Ghoomar, Padmaavat
Best Music Director: Padmaavat
Best Special Effect: Awe, KGF
Best Music Direction: Sanjay Leela Bhasali for Padmaavat
Best Background Music Award: Uri: The Surgical Strike
Best Makeup Artist: Ranjith for Awe
Best Costume Designer: Rajshree Patnaik, Gaurang Shah and Archana Rao for Mahanati
Best Action: KGF: Chapter 1
Best Lyrics: Nathicharami
Best Production Design: Kammara Sambhavam
Best Editing: Nathicharami
Best Audiography: Tendlya, Uri and Rangasthalam
Best Sound Design: Uri
Best Mixed Track: Rangasthalam
Best Original Screenplay: Chi La Sow
Best Adapted Screenplay: Andhadhun
Best Dialogue: Tarikh
Best Cinematography: Olu (Malayalam) to MJ Radhakrishnan
Best Female Playback Singer: Bindu Mani for Mayavi Manave from Nathicharami
Best Male Playback Singer: Arijit Singh for Binte Dil from Padmaavat
Best Film on Social Issues: Pad Man
Best Supporting Actress: Surekha Sikri for Badhaai Ho
Best Supporting Actor: Swanand Kirkire for Chumbak
Best Actor: Ayushmann Khurrana, Andhadhun, and Vicky Kaushal, Uri
Best Actress: Keerthy Suresh for Mahanati
Best Direction: Aditya Dhar for Uri
Best Feature Film: Hellaro (Gujarati)
Best Children’s Film: Sarkari. Hi. Pra. Shale Kasaragodu, Koduge
Best Child Actors: PV Rohith for Ondalla Eradalla (Kannada), Sameep Singh for Harjeeta (Punjabi), Talha Arshad Reshi for Hamid (Urdu), Shrinivas Pokale for Naal(Marathi)
Best Film on Environment Conservation: Paani
Nargis Dutt Award for National Integration: Ondalla Eradalla
Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment: Badhaai Ho
Jury Awards: Kedara (Bengali), Hellaro (Gujarati)
Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of A Director: Sudhakar Reddy Yakanthi for Naal