The poignantly beautiful Thanga Meenkal emerged the winner at the 61st National Film Awards today. The movie directed by Ram, swept the Best Tamil Film award along with awards for Best Lyrics (Ananda Yaazhai Meettugirai written by Na Muthukumar) and Best Child Artiste (bagged by for Sadhana). And perhaps as a fitting tribute to the late director Balu Mahendra, his Thalaimuraigal won the Nargis Dutt Award for Best Movie on National Integration while editor Sabu Joseph won the National Award for Best Editing for the film Vallinam. Other prominent ones were the Best Actor award, shared by the Shahid star Rajkumar Rao and Suraj Venjaramoodu for Malayalam film Perariyathavar. Also, Shahid‘s Hansal Mehta was named Best Director while Geethanjali Thapa bagged Best Actress for her role in Liar’s Dice. Meanwhile, Best Film went to Ship of Theseus and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag was named Best Popular Film.