The 66th National Film Awards will be organized in Delhi in Vigyan Bhawan on Monday. Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu will give away the awards in presence of Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Prakash Javadekar, and other senior dignitaries.
The function will observe film celebrities being awarded for their outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian Cinema.
Conventionally, the National Awards are handed out to the winners by the President of India, but this time President Ram Nath Kovind will not attend the ceremony. Veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan to be awarded the prestigious 50th Dadasaheb Phalke Award, Indian cinema`s biggest honor in his 50th year in the Indian film industry.
But Amitabh Bachchan on Sunday announced his regret in attending the awards due to his health limitations. Earlier, it was was announced that Gujarati film `Hello` won Best Feature Film Award. `Badhaai Ho` bagged the award for Best Popular Film and Hindi movie `Padman` declared Best Film on Social Issues. The Best Director Award is won by Aditya Dhar for `Uri: The Surgical Strike`.
The best Actor Award has been won by Ayushman Khurana and Vicky Kaushal jointly, for their performances in `Andhadhun` and `Uri: The Surgical Strike`. The best Actress trophy is won by Keerthy Suresh for her performance in Telugu movie `Mahanati` and Marathi movie `Paani` won the award for Best Film on Environment Conservation/ Preservation. Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film went to Kannada film `Ondalla Eradalla` which gave a message on National Integration and also Uttarakhand declared Most Film Friendly State.