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69th National Film Awards: Gangubai Kathiawadi, RRR, Sardar Udham Win Big, Check Full Winners List

Indian actor Alia Bhatt achieved the coveted Best Actress Award for her remarkable performance in the movie 'Gangubai Kathiawadi' at the prestigious 69th National Film Awards, held on Tuesday.

The 69th National Film Awards ceremony for 2023 took place on October 17. The winners received their honors from President Droupadi Murmu at New Delhi's Vigyan Bhawan. The event also saw the presence of Union Minister Anurag Thakur.

Notably, Alia Bhatt shared the Best Actor award with Kriti Sanon, who was recognized in the same category for her role in 'Mimi.' Additionally, South Indian superstar Allu Arjun was crowned Best Actor for his stunning performance in 'Pushpa: The Rise,' marking a historic moment as the first Telugu star to win at the National Film Awards. R. Madhavan, who ventured into directing with 'Rocketry: The Nambi Effect,' secured the national award for Best Feature Film. Simultaneously, 'The Kashmir Files' received the Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration.

Here's the complete list of winners at the 69th National Film Awards:

Best Feature Film: Rocketry

Best Director: Nikhil Mahajan for 'Godavari'

Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment: 'RRR'

Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration: 'The Kashmir Files'

Best Actor: Allu Arjun for 'Pushpa'

Best Actress: Alia Bhatt for 'Gangubai Kathiawadi' and Kriti Sanon for 'Mimi'

Best Supporting Actor: Pankaj Tripathi for 'Mimi'

Best Supporting Actress: Pallavi Joshi for 'The Kashmir Files'

Best Child Artist: Bhavin Rabari for 'Chhello Show'

Best Screenplay (Original): Shahi Kabir for 'Nayattu'

Best Screenplay (Adapted): Sanjay Leela Bhansali & Utkarshini Vashishtha for 'Gangubai Kathiawadi'

Best Dialogue Writer: Utkarshini Vashishtha & Prakash Kapadia for 'Gangubai Kathiawadi'

Best Music Director (Songs): Devi Sri Prasad for 'Pushpa'

Best Music Direction (Background Music): MM Keeravaani for 'RRR'

Best Male Playback Singer: Kaala Bhairava for 'RRR'

Best Female Playback Singer: Shreya Ghoshal for 'Iravin Nizhal'

Best Lyrics: Chandrabose for 'Konda Polam's Dham Dham Dham'

Best Hindi Film: 'Sardar Udham'

Best Kannada Film: '777 Charlie'

Best Malayalam Film: 'Home'

Best Gujarati Film: 'Chhello Show'

Best Tamil Film: 'Kadaisi Vivasayi'

Best Telugu Film: 'Uppena'

Best Maithili Film: 'Samanantar'

Best Mishing Film: 'Boomba Ride'

Best Marathi Film: 'Ekda Kaay Zala'

Best Bengali Film: 'Kalkokkho'

Best Assamese Film: 'Anur'

Best Meiteilon Film: 'Eikhoigi Yum'

Best Odia Film: 'Pratikshya'

Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of a Director: 'Meppadiyan' by Vishnu Mohan

Best Film on Social Issues: 'Anunaad - The Resonance'

Best Film on Environment Conservation/Preservation: 'Aavasavyuham'

Best Children's Film: 'Gandhi and Co'

Best Audiography (Location Sound Recordist): Arun Asok & Sonu K P for 'Chavittu'

Best Audiography (Sound Designer): Aneesh Basu for 'Jhilli'

Best Audiography (Re-recordist of the final mixed track): Sinoy Joseph for 'Sardar Udham'

Best Choreography: Prem Rakshith for 'RRR'

Best Cinematography: Avik Mukhopadhayay for 'Sardar Udham'

Best Costume Designer: Veera Kapur Ee for 'Sardar Udham'

Best Special Effects: Srinivas Mohan for 'RRR'

Best Production Design: Dmitrii Malich and Mansi Dhruv Mehta for 'Sardar Udham'

Best Editing: Sanjay Leela Bhansali for 'Gangubai Kathiawadi'

Best Make-up: Preetisheel Singh for 'Gangubai Kathiawadi'

Best Stunt Choreography: King Soloman for 'RRR'

Special Jury Award: 'Shershaah' by Vishnuvardhan"


A.R. Rahman’s clarification on his ‘Marakkuma Nenjam’ concert: I’m terribly disturbed and accountabl

In an exclusive chat with The Hindu, music maestro A.R. Rahman sheds light on the events that unfolded at the 'Marakkuma Nenjam' concert in Chennai on the evening of September 10, leaving many fans disheartened.

A.R. Rahman's recent Chennai concert, named 'Marakkuma Nenjam,' is bound to leave a lasting impression, albeit not for all the right reasons.

With a staggering crowd of over 45,000 gathering at Chennai's Adityaram Palace City on the evening of September 10, the scenes outside the concert venue painted a chaotic picture: lengthy queues, traffic jams, and a mishandling of ticket holders. While numerous fans with valid tickets departed the venue with simmering frustration, a few engaged in heated discussions with both the police and the event organizers (ACTC Events) due to the lack of proper arrangements.

Rahman candidly shared his perspective, stating, "It was a tsunami of people and love that we were unable to handle. As a composer, my role was to deliver an exceptional performance, assuming that everything else would be managed efficiently. I was engrossed in my performance, blissfully unaware of the commotion outside. While our intentions were noble, the response surpassed our expectations. We are presently gathering data and have something special in store for our fans."

He continued, "At the moment, we are deeply troubled. Safety, especially for women and children, was our utmost concern. I don't want to lay blame on anyone, but we must acknowledge that our city is expanding, and the passion for music and art is growing too."

The concert had previously been rescheduled from August to September due to unfavorable weather conditions, a decision made in consultation with authorities to ensure the safety and well-being of his fans.

Despite 'Marakkuma Nenjam' being one of India's highest-selling shows to date, issues such as overselling tickets and poor crowd management contributed to fan dissatisfaction. Rahman explained, "The organizers (ACTC Events) had arranged approximately 46,000 chairs at the venue. In some sections, everyone sat on one side and didn't utilize the other side. Observing this, the on-duty police assumed the venue was full and closed it off. By then, the show had already commenced inside."

While the composer and his music team enthralled the audience with his hit songs, complete with dance sequences and visuals, many fans outside were left unattended. Rahman remarked, "This was an unforeseen cyclone. We conducted 20 concerts in the U.S. last year, and everything ran smoothly because we had faith in the system there. 'Marakkuma Nenjam' is India's highest-selling show to date, which is fantastic, but how we treat our audience matters more than the concert itself. Unfortunately, I had limited control over that aspect. I knew which songs to include, which singers to invite, and what musical surprises to offer fans. However, going forward, artists need to play a role in defining the contractual terms for these arrangements."

Despite organizing numerous successful concerts worldwide and in Chennai, many of the Oscar winner's fans left the Sunday evening event with a bitter taste. Rahman stated, "For global experiences, we need an international setup. This serves as a lesson for me. It inspires me to move beyond being just a musician and engage in infrastructure development. I've visited various arts collectives worldwide, and when I see them, I wonder why we should deny our own people in Chennai this experience. They deserve it and more. What it takes is what we learned during this concert."

Rahman described 'Marakkuma Nenjam' as "90% success and 10% setback," presenting three decades of hit songs to the audience. "Inside the venue, thousands of people were enjoying the concert," he emphasized. "The energy and love in Chennai are overwhelming. Sometimes, when you love something too much, it slips away from you. I believe that's what happened here. I am committed to making Chennai an arts hub, but in relation to this incident, I don't want to blame anyone because people come to concerts for me, not the organizers."

He concluded with determination, "We will address and rectify this issue because every individual is important to me. I told my son, A.R. Ameen, that anything we do in partnership reflects on us, not just the partnerships themselves. Partnerships may come and go, but we will remain. I now have to consider more than just the musical aspects of a concert. We will ensure that such incidents never occur again.


Actor Madhavan to head Film & Television Institute of India

The decision has come just days after Mr. Madhavan's remarkable achievement, as his film "Rocketry: The Nambi Effect" secured the prestigious national award for Best Feature Film in 2021.

Renowned actor R. Madhavan has received a nomination as the President of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII).

Heartiest congratulations to @ActorMadhavan ji for being nominated as the President of @FTIIOfficial and Chairman of the governing council. I'm confident that your extensive experience and strong ethical values will greatly enhance this institute, usher in positive transformations, and elevate it to new heights. My heartfelt best wishes to you," stated Information & Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur in a post on X, made on a Friday.

This significant decision comes shortly after Mr. Madhavan's outstanding achievement with "Rocketry: The Nambi Effect," which clinched the coveted national award for Best Feature Film in 2021.



69th National Film Awards | Allu Arjun, Alia Bhatt, Kriti Sanon win big

Rocketry: The Nambi Effect’ Triumphs as Best Feature Film at National Film Awards 2021

The 69th National Film Awards were recently unveiled at the National Media Centre in New Delhi, celebrating outstanding cinema from the year 2021. These prestigious accolades, organized by the Government of India’s Directorate of Film Festivals, fall under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. The jury panel for this year's awards boasted eminent figures like filmmakers Ketan Mehta and Vasanth S Sai, along with the renowned poet and journalist Yatindra Mishra.

The much-acclaimed 'Rocketry: The Nambi Effect' clinched the National Award for Best Feature Film. Alia Bhatt and Kriti Sanon both shared the limelight, earning the Best Actress prize for their stellar performances in 'Gangubai Kathiawadi' and 'Mimi,' respectively. Telugu superstar Allu Arjun was crowned Best Actor for his remarkable portrayal in 'Pushpa: The Rise (Part I).'

The honor of announcing the National Awards for 2021 was bestowed upon filmmaker Ketan Mehta, who led the 11-member jury panel.

Nikhil Mahajan secured the Best Director accolade for the Marathi film 'Godavari.'

Pankaj Tripathi was recognized as the Best Supporting Actor for 'Mimi,' while Pallavi Joshi earned the title of Best Supporting Actress for 'The Kashmir Files.'

'The Kashmir Files,' directed by Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri, emerged victorious with the Nargis Dutt Award for Best Film on National Integration. The Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment was awarded to the Telugu version of the multilingual film 'RRR.'

Here's a glimpse of the winners in various categories:

Feature Films

  • Best Feature Film: 'Rocketry: The Nambi Effect' (Hindi)
  • Best Actor: Allu Arjun for 'Pushpa: The Rise Part I' (Telugu)
  • Best Actress: Alia Bhatt for 'Gangubai Kathiawadi' (Hindi), Kriti Sanon for 'Mimi' (Hindi)
  • Best Supporting Actor: Pankaj Tripathi for 'Mimi' (Hindi)
  • Best Supporting Actress: Pallavi Joshi for 'The Kashmir Files' (Hindi)
  • Best Direction: Nikhil Mahajan for 'Godavari' (The Holy Water) (Marathi)
  • Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of a Director: 'Meppadiyan' (Malayalam)
  • Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment: 'RRR' (Telugu)
  • Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration: 'The Kashmir Files' (Hindi)

And more...

Non-feature Film Awards

  • Special Mention: Baale Bangara-Aniruddha Jatkar; Karuvarai-Srikanth Deva; The Healing Touch-Sweta Kumar Das; and Ek Duaa- Ram Kamal Mukherjee
  • Best Narration/Voice Over: HatiBondhu (English Partly Assamese)
  • Voice Over: Kulada Kumar Bhattacharjee
  • Best Music Direction: Succulent (Hindi, English, Marathi)
  • Best Editing: If Memory Serves Me Right (English), Editor Abhro Banerjee
  • Best Production Sound Recordist (Location/Sync Sound): Meen Raag (Rajasthani) production sound recordist: Suruchi Sharma
  • Best Audiography (Re-recordist of the final mixed track): Ek Tha Gaon (Garhwali & Hindi), Re-recordist: Unni Krishnan
  • Best Cinematography: Pataal-Tee (Bhotiya), Cinematographer: Bittu Rawat
  • Best Direction: Smile Please (Hindi), director: Bakul Matiyani
  • Best Film On Family Values: Chand Saanse (Hindi), producer: Chandrakant Kulkarni, director: Pratima Joshi
  • Best Short Fiction Film: Dal Bhat (Gujarati) producer and director: Nemil Shah

And more...

Best Writing on Cinema

  • Critic (Special Mention): Subramanya Badoor (Kannada)
  • Best Film Critic: Purushothama Charyulu (Telugu)
  • Best Book on Cinema: 'Music by Laxmikant Pyarelal: The Incredibly Melodious Journey' by Rajiv Vijayakar

These awards truly recognize and celebrate the exceptional talent and creativity in the Indian film industry during the year 2021.


RM promises BTS will ‘be back for sure’ in 2025, says solo projects are ‘a journey to get back home’

BTS leader RM, also known as Kim ‘RM’ Nam-joon, reassured their devoted fans that the group will make a triumphant return in 2025 after they complete their military service obligations in South Korea. RM conveyed his thoughts about the break and his personal ventures in a recent Weverse live stream, now accessible on YouTube.

During the live stream, RM shared a touching letter and song from an ARMY member, expressing the profound significance of BTS in their life and their eager anticipation for the group's comeback in 2025.

RM resonated with these sentiments and disclosed that fellow member Suga had similarly acknowledged the affection showered upon them by fans who are "anticipating the reunion in 2025."

In his own words, RM expressed, "I genuinely share that sentiment… At present, when I'm engrossed in my individual projects, it's akin to a vacation aimed at rediscovering my roots, the BTS family, and our dedicated fans, ARMY."

He further articulated, "Therefore, each solo endeavor signifies a chapter in this voyage, pivotal for our second phase. It's a voyage leading us back to our cherished abode, the moment we all unite again in 2025."

The 28-year-old artist conveyed his gratitude towards fans for their unwavering support and affection, underlining that he never takes it for granted. He affirmed his belief that fellow members share this sentiment.

"This is the grandeur of love... When confronted with such boundless affection, it becomes irresistible, impelling me to confront all the trials, adversities, and challenges that life throws my way."

BTS had formally announced their hiatus in 2022, a customary step for male K-pop groups of their generation due to mandatory military enlistment. Currently, two members, Jin and J-Hope, have commenced their service, while Suga has recently initiated the enlistment process. The remaining members have been actively engaged in diverse solo endeavors. Notably, V has recently unveiled two tracks, "Rainy Days" and "Love Me Again," from his forthcoming solo album "Layover," slated for release on September 8th.

BTS' frontman RM continues to be a guiding force during this phase of their journey, as evidenced by his recent expressions and sentiments shared with their devoted global audience.


Akshay Kumar gets Indian citizenship on 77th Independence Day, actor shares post

Akshay Kumar, who is currently winning hearts with his performance in OMG 2, has been granted Indian Citizenship.

On the 77th Independence Day, Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar finally obtained Indian citizenship. For those who might not know, Kumar previously held Canadian citizenship. He posted on Instagram, sharing the documents and writing, "Both my heart and citizenship are Indian. Happy Independence Day! Jai Hind."

The actor, on multiple occasions, addressed critics who questioned his citizenship. He had expressed disappointment when people doubted his love for the country. In 2019, he applied for Indian citizenship, and three years later, he was granted it. The process took time due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Akshay Kumar is currently receiving enthusiastic reviews for his performance in OMG 2. The movie also features Pankaj Tripathi and Yami Gautam in significant roles. The film promotes the significance of sex education in Indian schools. It follows the story of a follower of Lord Shiva whose life takes a drastic turn when his son is accused of inappropriate behavior at school. He takes the school authorities to court, and the story unfolds with guidance from Lord Shiva's messenger.

Kumar's next appearance will be in 'Bade Miyan Chote Miyan' alongside Tiger Shroff, scheduled to release in theaters on Eid 2024. He also has the fifth installment of the Housefull franchise in his lineup.


DD all set for a makeover with fresh programmes, regional and OTT focus

Public service broadcaster Prasar Bharati is all set for a revamp of its television channels starting this Independence Day. Bringing fresh energy to the Doordarshan logo by restoring its original and vibrant blend of colors, and introducing a wide range of new programs in line with the current times, are in the works.

Ahead of the Independence Day celebrations, Prasar Bharati will be launching the Sanskrit version of the popular patriotic song "Hum Jiyenge Aur Marenge Aye Watan Tere Liye" from the Subhash Ghai-directed action thriller "Karma". The lineup of programs for Independence Day will feature films like the Akshay Kumar-starrer "Kesari" and Sunny Deol’s "Gadar".

For the very first time on any TV channel, Mr. Ghai’s daily show "Jaanaki" will be screened on DD National. The series will be focused on issues related to female empowerment. Inspired by the achievements of Indian-born American astronaut Kalpana Chawla, another series named "Jahan Chand Rehta Hai" will also be broadcast.

Emphasizing that a wide range of changes are being implemented to make DD channels more attractive to viewers across the country, an official stated that there is a focus on incorporating new elements of infotainment in morning shows. "For the first time, DD National has partnered with Bollywood celebrity Shilpa Shetty for Yoga and Fitness, starting August 7 at 7 a.m. every day. Feature film slots are being reintroduced on Fridays and Saturdays, and efforts are underway to screen new movies as much as possible," said the official.

"There are also plans for a collaboration with the National School of Drama and the Indian Film and Television Institute to provide opportunities to young and emerging talent by showcasing their works. This will also enhance the viewer experience. We have already initiated some changes that have yielded positive results. Viewership figures are improving," the official mentioned, adding that discussions were being held with officials of regional channels like DD Podhigai (Tamil) to further enhance the quality of content.

On the sports front, Prasar Bharati has also introduced commentaries in regional languages. For the ongoing India vs West Indies cricket series, commentary is being provided in Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, and Bengali on the respective channels. "Soon, talented commentators from Northeast States, Gujarat, and Maharashtra will also be brought on board," another official stated.

In order to leverage social media platforms to expand the reach of Doordarshan shows, the public broadcaster has strengthened its digital media team. Prasar Bharati, which was recently allocated ₹2,539.61 crore for the upgrade and expansion of broadcasting infrastructure until 2025-2026, is also planning to launch its over-the-top (OTT) platform. It had previously entered into an agreement with Yupp TV, also an OTT platform, to ensure that DD India was accessible in Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe, and the Middle East.

In April this year, the Information & Broadcasting Ministry had entered into an agreement with Amazon India in the field of media, entertainment, and public awareness. The Letter of Engagement allows for a partnership between various organizations under the Ministry and the verticals of Amazon India. "In this context, we are exploring all possibilities to make quality programs available," the official remarked. Prasar Bharati possesses a rich repository of recordings with significant nostalgic value. These archives are also being utilized.