Telugu Films Reap A Fortune in 66th National Film Awards

Josh high at 66th National Film Awards as Uri, Padmaavat win big

Mahanati wins National Award..

Uri: The Surgical Strike, a dramatised version of the first cross border strike by Indian security forces in retaliation to attack on army camp in 2016 won four awards.

Aditya Dhar won the Best Director award for his debut Uri: The Surgical Strike while Andhadhun also won awards for best Hindi film and best adapted screenplay.

This year, a total of 419 entries were received for the National Awards, of which 84 were considered by the 11-member Central Panel. "I am so happy", she told Hindustan Times in an interview. Ayushmann Khurrana and Vicky Kaushal bagged the Best Actor Award for AndhaDhun and Uri respectively.

Three other films, Rangasthalam, Awe and Chi La Sow won awards in different categories, bringing cheer to Tollywood.

Akshay Kumar's Padman won the award for Best Film on Social Issues.

"Padmavaat", which faced many hurdles during its release, walked away with best choreography for "Ghoomer" and the best music director award (Songs) for filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Veteran actress Surekha Sikri was adjudged the Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Badhaai Ho.

Mahanati's director Nag Ashwin said he was happy and excited that Keerthy won the award. Nathicharami won five awards including Best Kannada Film and a Special Mention for actress Sruthi Hariharan. "Padmaavat" won big, especially in the music categories.

Best Action - Anbu Ariv for Kannada film KGF. Lyricist Swanand Kirkire was named Best Supporting Actor for the Marathi film Chumbak.

PV Rohith (Kannada), Sameep Singh (Punjabi), Talha Arshad Reshi (Urdu) and Shrinivas Pokale (Marathi) were declared winners of Best Child Artist awards. The Awards took place at the Shastri Bhawan in New Delhi.

The last time the best actress award came to Tollywood was in 1990 when Vijayashanti got it for Karthavyam, directed by Mr A. Mohan Gandhi. MJ Radhakrishnan won the Best Cinematography award for Olu (Malayalam). It also got an award for Best Music Direction for the background score by Shashwat Sachdev.

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