The 64th National Film Awards for year 2016 were announced on 07 April 2017. Marathi film Kasaav won the award in the Best Feature Film category and Fireflies in the Abyss won in the Non-Feature Film Category.
Telugu drama film Sathamanam Bhavathi directed by Satish Vegesna was selected as the Best Popular film providing wholesome entertainment.
Over 300 films vied for the honours this year. The winners in feature films category were chosen by jury headed by Filmmaker Priyadarshan and winners in non-feature category were chosen by jury headed nationally acclaimed cinematographer and writer Raju Misra.
The 64th National Film Awards in the various categories are as follows
- Best Feature Film: Kasaav (Marathi).
- Non-Feature Film: Fireflies in the Abyss.
- Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment: Sathamanam Bhavathi
- Best Direction: Rajesh (Ventilator)
- Best Actor: Akhay Kumar (Rustom)
- Best Actress: Surabhi Lakshmi (Minnaminungu)
- Best Supporting Actress: Zaira Wasim (Dangal)
- Best Child Artist: Adhish Praveen (Kunju Daivam), Saj (Noor Islam), Manohara (Railway Children)
- Best stunt choreography: Peter Hein (Pulimurugan)
- Best Children’s Film: Dhanak (Hindi)
- Best Film on social issue: Pink
- Best Male Playback Singer: Sundara Iyer (Joker)
- Best Female Playback Singer: Thume jaake
- Best Screenplay (original): Syam Pushkaran (Maheshinte Prathikaram)
- Best Screenplay (adapted): Sanjay Krishnaji patel (Dashakriya)
- Best Editing: Rameshwar Ventilator
- Sound designer: Jayadevan (Kaadu Pookunna Neram)
- Best production design: 24
- Best Costume Designer: Sachin (Marathi film)
- Best Environmental film including agriculture: The Tiger who crossed the line
- Best Make-up Artist: MK Ramakrishna
- Best Music Direction: Babu Padmanabha (Kannada Lama)
- Special Mention: Kadvi Hawa (Hindi), Mukthi Bhavan (Hindi), Majirathi Keki (Assamese), Sonam Kapoor (Neerja).
- Special Jury award: Mohanlal( Pulimurugan), Janatha Garage and Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol.
- Best feature films in regional languages: Madipur (Tulu), Joker (Tamil), Wrongside Raju (Gujarati), Pelli Chupulu (Telugu), Dashakriya (Marathi), Bisarjan’ (Bengali), Maheshinte Prathikaram (Malayalam), Ke Sara Sara (Konkini), Reservation (Kannada) and Neerja (Hindi).
About National Film Awards
- The National Film Awards are most prominent film award ceremonies in India. It was established in 1954. Since then awarded annually.
- Winners in different categories of these awards are selected by the national panel of Juries appointed by Union Government. These awards are presented by the President of India in the official ceremony.