The National Awards ceremony, India’s prestigious film awards ceremony took place on 23rd December at the Vigyan Bhawan in the national capital New Delhi. The honorable vice-president of India Venkaiah Naidu handed out the awards to the winners alongside the minister of Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar.
The winners of the awards were not only from the Hindi film industry but from other regional film industries as well with the Telugu film industry bagging quite a few awards. The team of the blockbuster Telugu movie Mahanati won four awards at the 66th National Film awards ceremony.
The graceful and highly talented Keerthy Suresh who portrayed the role of the famous yesteryears south Indian actress Savitri in the biopic drama Mahanati received the award for the Best Actress for her spectacular performance in Mahanati. Keerthy Suresh who has been making waves in the south film industry received her first-ever national award at the prestigious event yesterday. In an interview to Press Trust of India after the awards ceremony, Keerthy said “I'm happy that my effort has been appreciated. I feel blessed and honored to receive the National Award for a film that is so close to my heart.”
Apart from Keerthy Suresh, the makers of Mahanati, director Nag Ashwin and producer Priyanka Dutt of Vyjayanthi Movies also received the awards for the Best Director and the Best Film (Telugu) respectively. The makers of Mahanati also received the award for the Best Costume Design for the film.
Along with makers of Mahanati bagging quite a few awards, the team of the Telugu psychological thriller Awe received the awards for the Best Special Effects and the Best Makeup at the 66 National film awards. The award for the Best Original Screenplay was awarded to Chi La Sow, the Telugu romantic drama directed by Rahul Ravindran.