National Awards Battle: Jr NTR, Dhanush, Alia Bhatt, and Kangana Ranaut Compete for Honors

National Film Awards 69th Edition Winners: The excitement and anticipation encompassing the 69th edition of the National Film Awards have reached their pinnacle, as the announcement of winners is on the horizon, scheduled for today at 5 PM during a press conference at the distinguished National Media Centre in New Delhi.

The National Film Awards serve as a testament to the exceptional talents within the Indian film industry, recognizing exceptional performances and remarkable cinematic creations. The list of nominees has already been unveiled across various social media platforms, setting the stage for a spirited competition, particularly within the realms of South Indian and Bollywood films, along with their respective luminaries.

The contenders for this year’s prestigious Best Actor award encompass a diverse array of skilled performers hailing from various film domains. Among the notable nominees are Suriya, Ram Charan, and Jr NTR, who stand out prominently for their exceptional portrayals. These actors have made a lasting impact on audiences through their nuanced performances, intensifying the intrigue surrounding the race for the Best Actor accolade.

Films contending for this esteemed honor include titles like ‘Jai Bhim,’ ‘RRR,’ ‘Pushpa: The Rise,’ ‘Nayattu,’ ‘Minnal Murali,’ and several others. As the announcement draws near, enthusiasts are fervently supporting Jr NTR and Dhanush, hoping they secure the National Award as a recognition of their remarkable contributions to the world of cinema, specifically for their roles in ‘RRR’ and ‘Karnan.

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National Film Awards 69th Edition Winners

The Best Actor category indeed sparkles with star power, featuring outstanding acts from the likes of Jr NTR and Ram Charan for their roles in the blockbuster ‘RRR,’ Suriya for his compelling portrayal in ‘Jai Bhim,’ Dhanush for his powerful performance in ‘Karnan,’ Allu Arjun for his charismatic role in ‘Pushpa: The Rise,’ Silambarasan TR for his notable character in ‘Maanadu,’ Arya for his impactful presence in ‘Sarpatta,’ and actor Joju George for his commendable performance in ‘Nayattu.’ The competition is intense, reflecting the diverse and abundant talent within the Indian film fraternity.

The Best Actress category is equally enthralling, with strong contenders such as Alia Bhatt and Kangana Ranaut for their exceptional roles in ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’ and ‘Thalaivi,’ respectively. Joining the ranks are Lijo Mol for her role as a pregnant woman in ‘Jai Bhim’ and Revathy for her captivating performance in ‘Bhoothakalam.’ These nominees truly epitomize the depth of talent within the Indian film landscape.

The battle for the Best Picture category is equally fierce, with a range of outstanding films vying for the prestigious award. Notable Tamil films like ‘Jai Bhim,’ ‘Karnan,’ ‘Sarpatta Parambarai,’ ‘Vinodhaya Sitham,’ and ‘Maanadu’ are formidable contenders, along with Telugu hits such as ‘RRR,’ ‘Pushpa: The Rise,’ ‘Uppena,’ and ‘Jathi Ratnalu.

Moreover, several Malayalam films, including ‘Nayattu,’ ‘Minnal Murali,’ and ‘Meppadiyan,’ are also in contention. Madhavan’s directorial venture ‘Rocketry: The Nambi Effect’ stands out as another notable competitor, underscoring its potential across various award categories.

While the eligibility criteria for the National Awards stipulate that films must have received certification from the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) between January 1, 2021, and December 31, 2021, it’s noteworthy that SS Rajamouli’s grand creation ‘RRR’ secured its spot on the list. Despite its release in 2022, the film obtained a U/A certificate on November 26, 2021, qualifying it for this year’s awards.

In the realm of music, the brilliance of composer MM Keeravani is also poised for acknowledgment. His compositions for ‘RRR’ have resonated not only with Indian audiences but also garnered international acclaim. The song ‘Naatu Naatu’ from ‘RRR’ clinched the Best Song award at the Oscars in 2023, bearing testament to the caliber of Keeravani’s musical prowess.