Bollywood tops national film awards
Priyanka Chopra wins best actress for "Fashion"NEW DELHI -- The Indian government's 56th National Film Awards saw Bollywood nabbing the most wins, picking up 13 awards, while regional Bengali film “Antaheen” won best feature.
Walt Disney's debut film here “Roadside Romeo” -- a co-production with veteran Bollywood banner Yash Raj Films –- won best animated film. Best director went to Bala for his Tamil-language film “Naan Kadauul” ("I Am God").
The NFAs are supervised by government body the Directorate of Film Festivals, affiliated with India's Information and Broadcasting Ministry. The NFAs were announced over the weekend for films released in 2008, as the awards are running a year late after court cases in 2008 involving censor certification and alleged rigging delayed the presentations.
India's president Pratibha Devisingh Patil will give away the awards at an official ceremony in March at the president's estate, Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi.
Top Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra, 27, won best actress for her turn as a model in “Fashion," director Madhur Bhandarkar's dark tale about the Indian fashion industry.
Chopra, who is currently shooting a Bollywood film in New York and is one of India's most famous celebrities on Twitter posted in her tweets, “Won the National Award for Fashion! Aaaaaaaahhhh! Too excited!! God is kind and so are all of u!... Rashtrapati Bhawan... Here I come!!! ;)”
Marathi actor Upendra Limaye won best actor for “Jogva,” which also won best film on social issues. Best Hindi film went to “Rock On." Neeraj Pandey's off-beat terrorism drama “A Wednesday” bagged the Indira Gandhi award for best first film of a director.
Harishchadrachi Factory” won best Marathi-language film, even though it didn't make the final cut for the Academy's best foreign film shortlist announced last week.
Other Bollywood films winning in various categories included historical epic “Jodhaa Akbar” (choreography), while comedy “Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!” won best popular film.