SOORIYA IS ELATED THAT HE HAS BAGGED THE BEST AWARD FOR SOORARAI POTTRI THIS YEAR WITH AJAY DEVGN
The 68th National Film Awards were finally announced on Friday in the capital and the 10 jury members’ team headed by filmmaker Vipul Shah took the final call. Vipul Amrutlal Shah and his team altogether saw a total sum of 66 films in a short period. Despite several challenges coming along the way, the jury has done a spectacular job in choosing the deserving films. Vipul Shah led a 10-member jury submitted a report on National Film Awards to Union Minister Anurag Thakur.
Talking about his experience, Vipul Amrutlal Shah says “Being the chairman of the national award jury was an honor. Though it was for the Covid-affected year 2020, where-in most of the films could not go ahead with the shoot and release and I was sceptical that there may not be enough quality films, but to our surprise there were many amazing films and deliberating on those films was a great honor. We have done our best, with full honesty and commitment. Watching 66 films in a short span of time was challenging and the entire jury was completely committed to the task and they have done a great job so my congratulations to all of them.”
“We have done our best, with full honesty and commitment. Watching 66 films in a short span of time was challenging and the entire jury was completely committed to the task. They have done a great job so my congratulations to all of them,” he further added.
Vipul Shah was unable to attend the full National Awards announcement ceremony, because he had to head out to his on-going shoot. Meanwhile, Vipul Amrutlal Shah is all set to continue his Commando franchise on OTT. After the success of HUMAN on Disney+ Hotstar, this incredible continuation of the Commando franchise in a Web series format sounds like a win-win for the platform and the producer both. Vipul Shah is all set to bring ‘The Kerala Story’ to theatres along with an untitled film on a bank robbery.
Here are the names of the winners of the 68th National Film Awards- Best Feature Film: Soorarai Pottru Best Director: Sachy, Ayyappanum Koshiyum, Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment: Best Actor: Suriya for Soorarai Pottri and Ajay Devgn for Tanhaji, Best Actress: Aparna Balamurali, Soorarai Pottri, Best Supporting Actor: Biju Menon, Ayyappanum Koshiyam, Best Supporting Actress: Lakshmi Priya Chandramouli, Sivaranjiniyum Innum Sila Pengalum etc.
Vipul Shah led the feature film jury. Other notable personalities who chaired other categories included Chitrartha Singh (Non-feature), Anant Vijay (Best writing) and Priyadarshan (Most film friendly state). Chitrartha Singh, heading the non-feature jury told newsmen that one of the important objectives was to review close to 140 non-feature films and the collection from the North-east regions has really been impressive. The Best Writing on Cinema category was chaired by journalist Anant Vijay, who is a senior journalist, columnist and author with over 2 decades of journalistic experience. Till date, he has written 9 books on various topics and is the author of bestselling ‘Bollywood Selfie’. He has also won the National Award for Best Writing in Cinema.
Priyadarshan, who chaired the friendliest state category, is a renowned film director, screenwriter and producer. He has predominantly worked in Malayalam Tamil & Hindi films.