The 64th National Film Awards were announced today. Akshay won his first ever National Award for Rustom
"In Piku, Deepika Padukone was paid more than me. That says two things - one that she is obviously more important than me and two I have lost my price scale because I have been working for so long and maybe I am not that important now to get that kind of money," said Amitabh Bachchan
"This is my seventh National Award. I am very happy that this time it's for a film like Talvar, a story which needed to be told. This is my second film alone as a writer. So, it gives me confidence, a boost to write. Initially, when my producer told me about the award, I couldn't believe it," said Vishal Bhardwaj
"This comes as a sweet surprise. I feel honoured, and I would like to thank director Vetrimaaran and producer Dhanush for giving me an opportunity to be a part of this important film. Tamil cinema needs more such films," said Samuthirakani. Visaaranai, a film on police brutality, also received two more awards
Amitabh Bachchan won Best Actor for Piku - his fourth National Award - and Kangana Ranaut won Best Actress for Tanu Weds Manu Returns. This was Kangana's third National Award win after last year's Best Actress National Award for Queen and 2009's Best Supporting Actress National Award for Fashion
Baahubali star Rana Daggubati said: "I am thrilled. We took a risk and attempted to do something different with it. Now with this award, we feel honoured." Sanjay Leela Bhansali won the Best Director Award for Bajirao Mastani, starring Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra
Bajrangi Bhaijaan has been named the Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment. Directed by Kabir Khan, Bajrangi Bhaijaan featured Salman Khan, child artiste Harshaali Malhotra, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Kareena Kapoor Khan. It released last year
The Birth of a Nation, a drama about a 19th century slave revolt in Virginia, swept top prizes at the Sundance Film Festival on January 30. Dual awards mark a major victory for filmmaker Nate Parker, who wrote and directed the movie about Nat Turner, who led a slave rebellion in 1831
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
Kangana Ranaut bagged the Best Actress award while Mary Kom was named Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment
The National Film Awards were announced in New Delhi today.
This year's awardees include Paan Singh Tomar, Irrfan Khan, Parineeti Chopra, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Chittagong.