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Sanjay Dutt'Lage Raho Munnabhai' sweeps National Film Awards
11th June 2008  09.01 IST
By Agencies  


Sanjay Dutt starrer Lage Raho Munnabhai which brought to fore 'Gandhigiri' by invoking the values of Mahatma Gandhi, swept the 54th National Film Awards for 2006, by winning four honours, including for best popular film.

It thus became the first Hindi film sequel to repeat the feat of winning the award as Munnabhai MBBS had bagged similar honour in 2003.




Veteran Bengali film actor Soumitra Chatterjee won the best actor award for the Bengali film 'Podokkhep', while Tamil actress Priyamani won the best actress award for the film Paruthiveeran .

Madhur Bhandarkar won the best director award for his film Traffic Signal , while Khosla Ka Ghosla won the award for the best Hindi film.

Malayalam film 'Pulijanmam' directed by Priyanandanan, won the honours for the best feature film. Kabul Express directed by Kabir Khan shared the honours with Madhu Kaithapuram's Malayalam film 'Ekantham', for the Indira Gandhi award for the best first film of a director.

There has been no announcement on the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for outstanding contribution to Indian Cinema.

Announcing the winners of the 54th National Film Awards 2006, chairman of the jury for feature films, Budhhadeb Dasgupta told reporters in New Delhi that 'Lage Raho Munnabhai' won awards for other categories like best lyrics (Swanand Kirkire), best screenplay ( Rajkumar Hirani , Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Abhijat Joshi), and best supporting actor (Dilip Prabhavalkar, who portrayed Mahatma Gandhi in the film).

Incidentally it was a double bonanza for Prabhavalkar, who also won the award for best supporting actor award for Marathi film 'Shevri'. He had played a benign middle class clerk in Shevri and the award was given to him for portraying two diverse and equally challenging characters.

Vishal Bharadwaj directed Omkara received the Special Jury award for being an outstanding film that synergises an international treatment with an earthy rooted sensibility.

'Omkara' also brought the best supporting honour for Konkona Sen Sharma . It won the best audiography award for K J Singh and Subhash Sahoo.

Punjabi film 'Waris Shah-Ishq Da Waris', an evocative portrayal of the rich, musical, Sufi tradition, won four national awards for the best film in Punjabi, best art direction (Rashid Rangrez), best costume designer (Manjit Mann) and best male playback singer for Gurdas Mann.

The young director of the film Manoj Punj incidentally had died soon after the film's release in late 2006.

The best female playback singer award went to noted vocalist Aarti Anklekar Tikekar for Konkani film 'Antarnad', which also won the best music direction award for Ashok Patki, as also the best feature film in Konkani.

The film also brought Divya Chahadkar, the best child artiste award for portraying a talented child overshadowed by a celebrity mother.

English film 'Quest', which boldly addresses issues of sexuality got the award for the best film in the language. The film has been directed by noted filmmaker Amol Palekar .

Famous film director Goutam Ghose won the award for best cinematography for Hindi film 'Yatra'.

Nargis Dutt award for best feature film on national integration was won by Kannada film 'Kallarli Huvagi'.

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