New Delhi: The jury of the 62nd National Film Awards on Tuesday announced a balanced list of winners from the Hindi and regional movie worlds, with Vishal Bhardwaj's “Haider” taking away a bouquet of five awards. Talents from Tamil and Bengali movies have been rightfully lauded too.
“Haider” - a modern-day adaptation of William Shakespeare's classic tragedy “Hamlet” - set in the backdrop of Kashmir, won Best Male Playback Singer for Sukhwinder Singh for the song "Bismil"; Best Dialogues and Music Direction for the film's director Vishal Bhardwaj; Best Choreography for Norway-based Sudesh Adhana; and Best Costume Designer for the effervescent Dolly Ahluwalia.
"We have got more than what we expected... I am overwhelmed," Vishal Bhardwaj, the director of the film, told reporters in Mumbai.
Bollywood's other big winner is “Queen”, which not just won the Best Hindi film, but also the Best Actress honour for Kangana Ranaut, for “an endearingly etched out performance” as Rani. This is her second National Award after she won the Best Supporting Actress for essaying a doomed model in the 2008 film “Fashion”.
The Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment went to "Mary Kom", debut directed by Omung Kumar, for being "an inspiring tale of a woman who becomes a national icon through her determined pursuit of sporting excellence". The film starred National Award winning actress Priyanka Chopra as boxing champion M.C. Mary Kom, and the director is ecstatic about the unexpected victory.