‘Jolly LLB’, ‘Ship Of Theseus’ win National Awards

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New Delhi: Subhash Kapoor-directed Bollywood film ‘Joll LLB’ was on Wednesday named the best Hindi film, while director Nishtha Jain’s ‘Gulabi Gang’ was adjudged the best film on social issues for the 61st National Film Awards here.

‘Gulabi Gang’ is recognised for its powerful depiction of a crusader taking viewers deeper into the continuing struggles of the rural Indian women.

Anand Gandhi’s ‘Ship Of Theseus’ has been adjudged as the best feature film while Hansal Mehta has been named for best direction for the movie ‘Shahid’.

‘Ship Of Theseus’ is the story about an unusual photographer, an erudite Jain monk and a young stock broker told through different segments which finally unite them through a strange circumstance.

According to the jury, the film “depicts issues of intuitive brilliance, metaphysical belief and intricate morality in a world full of contradictions”.

‘Shahid’, starring Rajkummar Rao as the real life slain human rights activist and lawyer Shahid Azmi in the backdrop of communal violence unleashed in Mumbai, tells the story of an impoverished Muslim struggling to come to terms with injustice, inequality and rise above his circumstances.

“It is an inspiring testament to the human spirit,” according to the jury members.

Hansal Mehta’s direction in the “remarkably handled” film “Shahid” has been lauded. Rajkummar Rao also shares the best actor award for ‘Shahid’ alongwith Suraj Venajaramoodu for Malayalam movie ‘Perariyathavar’.

‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ has been named best popular film providing wholesome entertainment. Starring Farhan Akhtar in the lead role, the film not only won critics’ appreciation but the audience loved it too, making it a huge box office success.

Seasoned Indian actor Naseeruddin Shah criticised ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ as a fake film. However, audiences lapped the film and the story of former athlete Milkha Singh aka Flying Sikh did a whopping business of over Rs.100 crore.

Other winners
‘Tuhya Dharma Koncha’ (Marathi) is declared the Best Film on Social Issues
‘Kaphal’ wins the Best Children’s Film
Saurabh Shukla gets the Best Supporting Actor for ‘Jolly LLB’
Best Supporting Actress Award is shared by Amruta Subhash for ‘Astu’ and Alia El Kashif for ‘Ship Of Theseus’
‘Madras Cafe’ wins Best Sound Design
Ganesh Acharya is Best Choreography for ‘Masto Ka Jhund’ from ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’
Best Playback Singer Male award to Rupankar for Bengali film ‘Jatishwar’
Bela Shinde wins Best Female Singer award for the Marathi song ‘Koda Koda’
Yellow and Miss Lovely bag the Special Jury Award
‘The Coffinmaker’ wins Best English Film

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