The most awaited 64th National Film Awards were announced yesterday morning. Unlike the previous years, the different thing about this year’s awards, which is refreshing to see, is that it’s not all dominated by Bollywood this year. There are a lot of winners from the regional films as well, mainly from the South and Marathi cinema. There were more than 300 films that were vied for honours this year. Mohan Agashe’s KAASAV, a film which looks at depression and mental health won the award for the best feature film. Priyanka Chopra’s Purple Pebble Films’ marathi feature VENTILATOR bagged a few awards as well. Not only Rajesh Mapuskar named the best director for the film, but the film also won a mention for Best Editing and Best sound mixing. Veteran Marathi actor Manoj Joshi won the best supporting actor award for the Marathi film DASHAKRIYA. At the same time, Zaira Wasim bagged the best supporting actress award for DANGAL. Actor Suriya’s film 24 also bagged 3 awards. All in all it was good to see the regional cinema doing well and getting better and better each year. This is only going to encourage a healthy competition between the regional and the bollywood. Especially now that people are demanding for better content and now that’s what the filmmakers are giving the audience. Talking about the other major awards that were given; Akshay Kumar won the best actor honour for his portrayal in the film RUSTOM. Whereas Surabhi Lakshmi won Best Actress for her turn in MINNAMINUNGU. Ram Madhvan’s biopic on the brave heart Neerja won the award for the best Hindi film. At the same time, Sonam Kapoor also got a special mention for the way she portrayed the character. Besides her, Malayalam superstar Mohanlal was the recipient of a special mention by the jury for his role in the blockbuster PULIMURUGAN as well. Another mention was for PINK which took home the award for Best film with a social message. These were just a few among the others who bagged the National Awards. A few winners obviously surprised a lot of people but then no one can say they didn’t deserve it. It was just really nice to see regional films make their way and win the National Awards like that. I just hope that they continue to go the way they are going now and get the appreciation that they deserve. There were also a few who should’ve won and did not, tough luck for them but we can just hope they are among the few shortlisted for next year again. Just one thing to say: You win some, you lose some. Doesn’t mean you can’t try again. More good content and more entertainment for us film buffs that way! Trade Magazine