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Ajay Devgn wins National Film Award for Best Actor for Tanhaji, shares honour with Suriya

Ajay Devgn and Suriya shared the National Film Awards trophy for Best Actor for Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior and Soorarai Pottru respectively.

Devasheesh Pandey Written By: Devasheesh Pandey New Delhi Updated on: December 18, 2022 18:40 IST
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Image Source : INDIA TV Ajay Devgn and Suriya win National Award for Best Actor

The National Film Awards winners list has been announced. Bollywood actor Ajay Devgn took home the Best Actor trophy for Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior. He shared the trophy with Suriya, who won for Soorarai Pottru. 

Read: National Film Awards Winners: Ajay Devgn, Suriya are Best Actors, Soorarai Pottru is Best Film | Complete List   

Ajay has now become a three-time National Award winner after his name was announced as Best Actor for Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior. Prior to this, he won National Award for Best Actor for Zakhm in 1998 and The Legend of Bhagat Singh in 2002. With Ajay winning Best Actor National Award for Tanhaji, in which he plays the brave Maratha warrior Tanhaji Malusare, he has won the honour two times for playing a real-life character. Tanhaji has been the biggest box office hit of 2020. It was released in January 2020 and won the hearts of the audience across India and worldwide. After the film's success, Ajay also shared that he planned on making a franchise out of 'Unsung Warriors' of India. 

Meanwhile, in the National Awards winners list, Tanhaji also won Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment and Best Costume Design trophies.

Read: Suriya's Soorarai Pottru wins National Award for Best Film, Twitterati bursts with excitement

Lately, Ajay has directed Runway 34, in which he was the lead actor. He is currently directing and featuring in Bholaa, the remake of Kaithi. He will be seen in Maidaan, Thankgod, Drishyam 2 and Singham 3 in the coming time. 

Suriya, who played the role inspired by Capt G R Gopinath in Soorarai Pottru, shared the Best Actor award with Ajay. Aparna Balamurali won the Best Actress prize for her role opposite Suriya in Soorarai Pottru. The movie, directed by Sudha Kongara, also won the Best Screenplay and Best Film national awards. The movie follows Nedumaaran Rajangam, nicknamed Maara (Suriya), a former Indian Air Force captain, who dreams of starting a low-cost airline carrier. The movie is also being remade in Hindi with Akshay Kumar and Radhika Madan in the lead roles. The Hindi remake is also being directed by Sudha. 

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