Southern cinema sweeps National Awards.
New Delhi, Sept. 11 -- Malayalam film 'Adaminte Makan Abu' (Abu, son of Adam), a simple yet evocative narrative of a man's pursuit of religion, was adjudged the best feature film and its star Salim Kumar shared the best actor honour with Tamil star Dhanush in a clean sweep for Southern cinema at the 58th National Film Awards on Friday evening.
In the awards, Bollywood was pushed to the background this year with the Salman Khan-starrer Dabangg and Naseeruddin Shah-Vidya Balan starrer Ishqiya being the only two films to pick up awards in prominent categories. Dabangg won the award for best popular film providing wholesome entertainment. Its producers Arbaaz Khan, Malaika Arora Khan and Dhilin Mehta along with director Abhinav Kashyap got the Swarna Kamal and a cash prize of Rs 2 lakh.
In the Best Actor category, Dhanush, the son-in-law of megastar Rajinikanth, who starred in Aadukalam - a Tamil film that looks at the world of cock-fighting - shared the award with Salim Kumar, who usually essays the role of a comedian. "Being mostly seen as a comedian, I approached the role very seriously with lot of preparation," Salim Kumar said.
The best actress award too had two winners - Tamil actress Saranya Ponvannan for Thenmerkku Paruvakkatru and Marathi artiste Mitalee Jagtap Varadkar for Baboo Band Baaja. Adaminte Makan Abu, directed and produced by Salim Ahamed, won the Swarna Kamal and a cash prize of Rs 2,50,000 for its "simple yet evocative articulation of humanist values".
Announcing the awards at a news conference, jury head filmmaker J P Dutta said the best direction award went to Vetrimaran for Aadukalam. In all 161 entries were received in the feature film category.
Rishi Kapoor starrer Do Dooni Char was adjudged the best film in the Hindi language category. Rajinikanth starrer 'Enthiran' won the award for best special effects.
The awards were given away by President Pratibha Patil.
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