Akshay Kumar in a still from Rustom
The National Film Awards were announced in New Delhi today and Akshay Kumar has won his first National Award for Best Actor for his work in the 2016 film Rustom. Rustom, based on the real life Nanavati case that led to the scrapping of the jury in India's legal system, starred Akshay as a naval officer accused of murdering his wife's lover. The 49-year-old star's omission from the Filmfare Awards Best Actor category prompted outrage recently - his National Award win is likely to pacify his fans. Rustom released to middling reviews last year but Akshay Kumar's performance was singled out for critical praise.
Actress Sonam Kapoor received a special mention for her film Neerja, which was named Best Hindi Film. Dangal's Zaira Wasim won Best Supporting Actress. Actor Adil Hussain received special mention for his film Muktii Bhawan, which released today. Ajay Devgn's Shivaay won the award for Best Special Effects.
Pink, starring Amitabh Bachchan, won Best Film on Social Issues. Bisarjan won Best Bengali Film, Dashakriya was named Best Marathi Film, and Reservation won Best Kannada Film. Nagesh Kukunoor's Dhanak won Best Children's Film. The Tiger Who Crossed The Line won Best Environmental Film. Uttar Pradesh was named the 'Most Film Friendly State.' Special mention in this category went to Jharkhand.