Filmmaker Priyadarshan, who chaired the jury of the 64th National Film Awards, was criticized for choosing Akshay Kumar as Best Actor for his work in 2016 movie Rustom
National Awards 2017: Akshay Kumar receives his first National Award for Best Actor, Sonam Kapoor receives a Special Mention. Akshay is being awarded for his performance as a naval officer in the dock for murder in 2016 film Rustom
Kangana Ranaut, who won her third National Award this year said, "It was quite a year. I am just so happy it's over, trust me"
"The makers are planning to offer a double treat to the audience and unveil particular content from the sequel which can be released on the actor's birthday"
Farhan didn't affirm, but he certainly didn't refute the request of a sequel either.
Rinku has been away from Akluj since the film released to a rousing reception, attending promotional and celebration events and appearing on popular TV shows.
"Shanghai is the first place the film is being screened at Asia outside of India, and I was really keen to see how people from china and different parts of Asia react to the film. The jury was from China, Japan and Korea and they unanimously loved this film. The response from the Chinese audience has been overwhelming as well," said Raam Reddy in a statement.
Amitabh Bachchan received the Best Actor prize for his role in Shoojit Sircar's Piku, while Kangana Ranaut took home the Best Actress trophy for her double role in Aanand L Rai's Tanu Weds Manu Returns. This is Mr Bachchan's fourth win and third for Kangana.
"Awards are a recognition for my entire team and the film. Personally, I have immense amount of gratitude for these awards but I really don't take them seriously as I want to be very grounded," said Neeraj
"It's very exciting to hear the news. The film has crossed all international boundaries," said Rana Daggubati. Tamannaah added: "Getting this award is a validation of the appreciation it has received from all quarters. The way it was received in India and abroad proves that language is fast losing its importance"
India's official Oscar entry for this year - the National Award-winning Court - made an early exit from the nominations race but there's still reason to cheer - actress Priyanka Chopra will be at Hollywood's big day, presenting an award
The awards were being closely watched as they were taking place amid a controversy over the lack of diversity in this year's list of Oscar nominees. Idris Elba scooped two awards, one for best supporting actor for NETFLIX's Beasts of No Nation, and one for best actor in a TV series for his role as a detective in the British crime drama Luther