69th National Film Awards 2023: Check out all the winners here

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Allu Arjun is the best actor and Alia Bhatt and Kriti Sanon share the Best Actress Award; Here are the details of all the winners of the 69th National Film Awards 2023

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The moment we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived! The winners of the 69th National Film Awards have been announced and we couldn’t be more excited! This prestigious ceremony, which will be held at a later date, will honour the best Indian films produced across languages in the calendar year 2021. 

Are you ready to discover the winners? The feature and non-feature films certified by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) between January 1, 2021, and December 31, 2021, were eligible for contention. This means that only the most exceptional films made the cut and are now officially recognized as the best of the best. Without further ado, we present to you the full list of winners at the 69th National Film Awards. 

Best Feature Film: Rocketry: The Nambi Effect

Best Director: Nikhil Mahajan, Godavari

Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment: RRR

Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration: The Kashmir Files 

Best Actor: Allu Arjun for Pushpa

Best Actress: Alia Bhatt for Gangubai Kathiawadi & Kriti Sanon for Mimi

Best Supporting Actor: Pankaj Tripathi, Mimi

Best Supporting Actress: Pallavi Joshi, The Kashmir Files 

Best Child Artist: Bhavin Rabari, Chhello Show

Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of a Director: Meppadiyan, Vishnu Mohan

Best Film on Social Issues: Anunaad-The Resonance

Best Film on Environment Conservation/Preservation: Aavasavyuham

Best Children’s Film: Gandhi and Co

Best Screenplay (Original): Shahi Kabir, Nayattu

Best Screenplay (Adapted): Sanjay Leela Bhansali & Utkarshini Vashishtha, Gangubai Kathiawadi 

Best Dialogue Writer: Utkarshini Vashishtha & Prakash Kapadia, Gangubai Kathiawadi 

Best Music Director (Songs): Devi Sri Prasad, Pushpa

Best Music Direction (Background Music): MM Keeravaani, RRR

Best Male Playback Singer: Kaala Bhairava, RRR

Best Female Playback Singer: Shreya Ghoshal, Iravin Nizhal

Best Lyrics: Chandrabose, Konda Polam’s Dham Dham Dham

Best Audiography (Location Sound Recordist): Arun Asok & Sonu K P, Chavittu

Best Audiography (Sound Designer): Aneesh Basu, Jhilli

Best Audiography (Re-recordist of the final mixed track): Sinoy Joseph, Sardar Udham

Best Choreography: Prem Rakshith, RRR

Best Cinematography: Avik Mukhopadhayay, Sardar Udham

Best Costume Designer: Veera Kapur Ee, Sardar Udham

Best Special Effects: Srinivas Mohan, RRR

Best Production Design: Dmitrii Malich and Mansi Dhruv Mehta, Sardar Udham

Best Editing: Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Gangubai Kathiawadi 

Best Make-up: Preetisheel Singh, Gangubai Kathiawadi 

Best Stunt Choreography: King Soloman, RRR

Special Jury Award: Shershaah, Vishnuvardhan

Special Mention: 1. Late Shri Nallandi, Kadaisi Vivasayi 2. Aranya Gupta & Bithan Biswas, Jhilli 3. Indrans, Home 4. Jahanara Begum, Anur

Best Hindi Film: Sardar Udham

Best Kannada Film: 777 Charlie

Best Malayalam Film: Home

Best Gujurati Film: Chhello Show

Best Tamil Film: Kadaisi Vivasayi

Best Telugu Film: Uppena

Best Maithili Film: Samanantar

Best Mishing Film: Boomba Ride

Best Marathi Film: Ekda Kaay Zala

Best Bengali Film: Kalkokkho

Best Assamese Film: Anur

Best Meiteilon Film – Eikhoigi Yum

Best Odiya Film – Pratikshya

Best Film on Environment Conservation/Preservation:

Best Film on Social Issue: Mithu Di (Marathi and Three Two One Marathi & Hindi)

Best Non-feature Film: Ek Tha Gaon (Marathi
and Garhwali)

Best Environment Film: Munnam Valavu (Malayalam)

Best Film on Family Values: Chand Saanse

Best Short Fiction Film: Daal Bhat (Gujarati)

Best Investigative Film: Looking For Challan

Best Promotional Film: Endangered Heritage ‘Warli Art’

Best Science and Technology Film: Ethos of Darkness

Best Exploration Film: Ayushman

Best Educational Film: Sirpigalin Sirpangal

Best Short Fiction Film: Dal Bhat

Best Animation Film: Kandittundu

Best Film on Family Values: Chand Saanse

Best Direction (Non-feature film): Bakul Matiyani, Smile Please

Best Cinematography (Non-feature film): Bittu Rawat, Pataal

Best Non-Feature Film – Ek Tha Gaon (Garhwali & Hindi)

Best Director – Bakual Matiyani for the film Smile Please (Hindi)

Best Film on Family Values – Chand Saanse (Hindi)

Best Cinematographer – Bittu Rawat for the film Pataal Tee (Bhotiya)

Best Investigative Film – Looking For Challan (English)

Best Educational Film – Sirpigalin Sipangal (Tamil)

Best Film on Social Issues – Mithu Di (English), Three Two One (Marathi & Hindi)

Best Environmental Films – Munnam Valavu (Malayalam)

Best Audiography (Re-recordist of the final mixed track): Unni krishnan, Ek Tha Gaon

Best Production Sound Recordist (Location/Sync Sound): Suruchi Sharma, Meen Raag

Best Editing: Abhro Banerjee, If Memory Serves Me Right

Best Music Direction: Ishaan Divecha, Succelent

Best Narration/Voice Over: Kulada Kumar Bhattacharjee, Hathibondhu

Special Mention: 

1. Aniruddha Jatkar, Baale Bangara

2. Srikanth Deva Karuvarai, 

3. Sweta Kumar Das, The Healing Touch

4. Ram Kamal Mukherjee, Ek Duaa

Best Book on Cinema: Music by Laxmikant Pyarelal:

The Incredibly Melodious Journey by Rajiv Vijayakar

Best Film Critic: Purushothama Charyulu

Best Film Critic (Special Mention): Subramanya Bandoor 

The COVID-19 pandemic caused a two-year delay for the award ceremonies. In 2022, the 68th National Film Awards recognized the best Indian films from 2020. Soorarai Pottru, a Tamil film, won the Best Feature Film award, and Sachy won Best Director for Ayyappanum Koshiyum. Ajay Devgn and Suriya shared the Best Actor award, while Aparna Balamurali won Best Actress. The 67th National Film Awards, held in 2021, celebrated the best Indian films from 2019, with Marakkar: Lion of the Arabian Sea winning the top prize.