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National Film Awards 2021: Malayalam film ‘Marakkar Arabikkadalinte Simhan’ Bags Best Feature Film Award

Marakkar Arabikkadalinte Simhan, the Malayalam film starring Mohanlal, won the best feature film award at the 67th National Film Awards on Monday. Kangana Ranaut, Manoj Bajpayee, and Dhanush won the best actress and best actor awards, respectively, while Chhichhore won the best Hindi language film.

Ranaut, Bajpayee, and Dhanush won their second National Award for Manikarnika and Panga, and Bhonsle, and Asuran respectively. Dhanush, who is currently shooting for The Gray Man in Los Angeles, tweeted, calling it a “dream”.

The awards are given out by the Directorate of Film Festivals, an organisation under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

They were announced by N Chandra, Chairman, central panel, Arun Chaddha, chairman, non feature films jury, Shaji N Karun, chairman, most film friendly state jury and Saibal Chatterjee, chairman best writing on cinema jury, according to a statement released by the committee.


The Hindi film, An Engineered Dream, bagged the award for Best Non-Feature Film, while Sikkim was declared the winner of the Most Film Friendly State.

Malayalam film Helen won two awards- one for the best debut actor for Mathukutty Xavier, and the other for best make-up by Ranjith. Mahesh Babu-starrer Telugu film Maharshi won the Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment. Malayalam film Jallikattu, that was India’s official entry for the 2021 Oscar race, won the best cinematography, while Rahul Riji Nair’s Kalla Nottam won the best Malayalam feature film award. Kolaambi’s Arodum Parayuka Vayya won the best lyrics award.

Nani’s Jersey took home the best editing award. Vijay Sethupathi and Pallavi Joshi won the awards in the supporting actor category for Super Deluxe and Tashkent Files, respectively.

Srijit Mukherjee’s Bengali film Gumnaami, that garnered criticism and was thrown in the eye of controversies, bagged two awards. Based on the conspiracy theories surrounding Subhash Chandra Bose’s death, the film was declared the Best Bengali Film and shared the best screenplay award with Kaushik Ganguly’s Jyeshthoputro and Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri’s The Tashkent Files.

Other awards and recognitions include the Award for the Best Film Critic, given to Sohini Chattopadhyay, and Sanjay Suri’s A Gandhian Affair: India’s Curious Portrayal Of Love In Cinema, bagging the best book on cinema.

Greetings poured in from across the country for the winners:

The list of all the awards and special mentions is linked here.