The announcement of the 62nd National Film Awards has packed in quite a few surprises this year. But the one big cheer everyone had been rooting for has been Kangana Ranaut’s win. Consequently she is hogging the maximum limelight for winning a Rajat Kamal in the “Best Actress” category for “Queen”. This is her second National Award after having won “Best Supporting Actress” for “Fashion” in 2009. “Queen” quaintly follows the journey of a timid middle-class girl discovering the hiccups and joys of living life on her own terms.
The other big winners are Chaitanya Tamhane’s “Court” for “Best Feature Film”, “Mary Kom” for “Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment”, Srijit Mukherjee for “Best Direction” in “Chotuskone” and Vijay for “Best Actor” following his performance in “Nanu Avanalla Avalu”.
Though Vishal Bhardwaj could not make the “Best Director” category “Haider” bagged five other awards including “Best Music Direction” and “Best Screenplay. “Haider” had made a lot of noise due to its backdrop set in 1990s Kashmir, with it Bhardwaj completed his Shakespeare trilogy. It was a hopeful contender for bagging either the “Best Director” or the “Best Feature Film” award.
“Court” the winner of the “Best Feature Film” zooms into the various facets of the Indian judicial procedure has garnered critical acclaim internationally. While on the other end of the spectrum Priyanka Chopra, who had to deal with brickbats for essaying the character of a Manipuri being a North Indian herself, can feel vindicated with Mary Kom’s win.
Vijay has done his state proud by becoming the first Kannada actor to receive the “Best Actor” award. He has sidled past big names like Aamir Khan, Mammootty and Shahid Khan with his humanizing depiction of a transgender’s dilemmas in an intolerant society. In all the popular categories Srijit Mukherjee’s “Chotuskone” stood out as the only film that lacked an overt social message.