The 64th National Film Awards were announced on Friday.
Akshay Kumar won his first National award for his role in courtroom drama ‘Rustom’, inspired by the 1959 Nanavati case. Akshay played a patriotic naval officer, who ends up in jail after killing his wife’s lover.
Sonam Kapoor-starrer ‘Neerja‘, which was directed by Ram Madhvani, was declared as the Best Hindi Feature Film. And the actress also got a Special Mention for her performance in ‘Neerja’.
Over 300 films vied for the honours this year. The process to choose the best from Indian cinema began in mid-March. Filmmaker Priyadarshan was the chairperson of the jury in feature films category, while nationally acclaimed cinematographer and writer Raju Misra was the chairperson in non-feature category.
Akshay Kumar shared a video on Twitter thanking fans for their support. Watch it here:
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) April 7, 2017
Akshay’s wife Twinkle Khanna posted this emotional tweet:
— Twinkle Khanna (@mrsfunnybones) April 7, 2017
Apart from fans, messages came flooding in many of Akshay’s colleagues.
— Sidharth Malhotra (@S1dharthM) April 7, 2017
— bhumi pednekar (@psbhumi) April 7, 2017
— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) April 7, 2017
— Kiara Alia Advani (@Advani_Kiara) April 7, 2017
— Ritesh Sidhwani (@ritesh_sid) April 7, 2017
— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher) April 7, 2017
— Sajid Khan (@SimplySajidK) April 7, 2017
Congratulations Sundi …. extremely thrilled to learn about your National award..love you https://t.co/SFThpCntov
— Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) April 7, 2017