New Delhi : Anand Gandhi’s powerful debut venture ‘Ship of Theseus’ was on Wednesday declared the best feature film at the 61st National Film Awards while biopic ‘Bhaag Milka Bhaag’ was named the best popular film at the 61st National Film Awards here.
‘Ship of Theseus’ has been hailed for its brilliant portrayal of complex issues of identity, faith and death through the Theseus paradox.
Hansal Mehta was named the best director for his biopic on slain lawyer-activist Shahid Azmi in ‘Shahid’ while its lead actor Rajkumar Rao shared the best actor trophy with Suraj
Venjaramoodu for Malayalam film ‘Perariyathavar’. Geetanjali Thapa was named the best actress for Hindi film ‘Liar’s Dice’.
“It is a wonderful feeling. It is a tribute to Shahid Azmi. It is just his karma which has worked for the film and for us. It’s also a tribute to my team who stood by me for three and a half years while making this film,” Mehta told PTI.
Saurabh Shukla was declared the best supporting actor for court-room drama ‘Jolly LLB’ which was also named the best Hindi film.
The best supporting actress award will be shared by Amruta Subhas and Aida El-Kashef for Astu (Marathi) and ‘Ship of Theseus’.
The Indira Gandhi Award for best debut film has gone to director Nagraj Manjule for his critically acclaimed Marathi film ‘Fandry’.
An 11-member jury, headed by noted director Saeed Akhtar Mirza, announced the awards which are likely to be given President Pranab Mukherjee on May 3 along with the Dada Saheb Phalke award which will go to lyricist-director Gulzar this year.