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 Film Awards 2017: Apart from Akshay Kumar, other awardees included Dangal star Zaira Wasim who won Best Supporting Actress, Mohanlal who received the Jury Award, and Sonam Kapoor who was given a Special Mention for her work in Neerja
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
The 64th National Film Awards ceremony will be held in New Delhi on Wednesday, May 3. President Pranab Mukherjee will give away the awards to the winners at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Akshay Kumar won his first National Award for Rustom
Suniel Shetty, who co-starred with Akshay Kumar in films like Dhadkan and Hera Pheri, told news agency IANS that the 49-year-old actor is a deserving winner of the Best Actor National Film Award this year
Sonam Kapoor got a Special Mention for her role in Neerja at the 64th National Film Award. She says, "I think I have been doing content-driven films for a couple of years right now, but obviously the National Award is an encouragement to doing more of them"
Akshay Kumar, who recently won the National Award for Best Actor for his performance in Rustom, said that for the first ten years of his career he was only considered for action movies because of his stunts
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Akshay Kumar doesn't perform badly, but giving him an award for Rustom is like giving Virat Kohli a man of the match trophy for a Manyawar commercial
At the 64th National Film Awards, Sonam Kapoor got a Special Mention for her role as Neerja Bhanot in Neerja. Her father Anil Kapoor, actors Alia Bhatt, Dhanush, congratulated the actress on her big win
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National Film Awards: Akshay Kumar, Best Actor, said: "Countless emotions, very hard to express my gratitude right"