National Awards in Cinema for the Year 2023: A Look at the Winners

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The National Awards in cinema for the year 2023 Indian cinema unleashed on August 24th, 2023. This list consists of all the awards which was announced at the National Media Center in New Delhi. 

Winners of the National Awards in Cinema for the Year 2023

Here are the list for the National Awards in Cinema for the year 2023.

Best Mishing Film - Boomba Ride

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Boomba Ride” has been honored as the Best Mishing film, an Assamese creation directed by Biswajeet Bora and co-written with Lopamudra Gogoi. The film, was released on September 16, 2022. The story is about a young boy who is the only pupil in a lower elementary school which is on the verge of collapsing. However, the boy uses his wisdom and spreads awareness about the transformative power of education for a better societal life. As per the sources, the movie was wrapped up within a concise span of 13 days. The cast includes prominent names like Sadagar Daw, Dipali Pegu, Hiranya Pegu, and Indrajeet Pegu, all contributing to the film’s success.

Best Feature Film in Assamese Language - Anur

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Anur” an Assamese film, is honored with the prestigious National Award for the year 2021. This movie was directed by Monjal Baruah, and marked his third directorial venture. The film is based on the short story “Bhal Puwar Xomoi” by Sahitya Academy Award-winning author, Anuradha Sharma Pujari. “Anur” tells the story of an elderly woman grieving the loss of her husband. An IAS retired officer helps her cope with her emotional turmoil in the story. The film featured Rajat Kapoor, Jahanara Begum, and Udayan Duarah in pivotal roles, enriching this heartfelt tale.

Best Actor - Allu Arjun

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Allu Arjun has achieved a significant milestone by becoming the first Telugu actor to win the National Award for Best Actor. His performance as the lead in the movie “Pushpa: Part 1” has brought immense success to Telugu cinema. Allu Arjun’s character as Puspa has received praise from movie enthusiasts for its versatility. The movie was directed by Sukumar. This film shows Allu Arjun’s character in various shades, which he demonstrates spectacularly throughout the movie. Allu Arjun has positioned himself as one of the biggest actors to give a blockbuster in a Pan-India project.

Best Actress - Alia Bhatt and Kriti Sanon

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“Alia Bhatt” and “Kriti Sanon” received the National Award for Best Actress for their roles in the films “Gangu Bai Kathiawadi” and “Mimi,” respectively. Both were the main characters in these movies and gained lots of love from the audience. Alia’s film was a blockbuster at the box office, while “Mimi” got praise from experts. Their enactment roles in both movies were extraordinary and put their particular characters to their full strength. For the true fans of both the leading ladies of Bollywood, these two movies are their career’s best movies as of now.

Best Wholesome Film - RRR

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RRR” had a fantastic year and received the National Award for Best Wholesome Film. The movie features Ram Charan and N.T Rama Rao as the main actors and was directed by the famous filmmaker S.S Rajamouli, known for “Baahubali.” This film was a treat for fans specially in India.

Best Choreography - Prem Rakshith

Nato Nato song choreographer

The award for Best Choreography went to “Prem Rakshith” for his outstanding work on the song “Nato Nato” from the movie “RRR.” This song gained widespread acclaim and was even recognized internationally. It’s a beautifully choreographed song featuring Ram Charan and N.T Rama Rao, and it adds a special touch to the movie.

Best VFX - RRR

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The award for Best VFX has been given to the movie “RRR”. Several VFX studios have contributed to making the movie one of the best movies for VFX. Studios such as Moving Picture Company, AB VFX Studio, Alzahra Visual Effects, Animatrik Film Design, and many others have proven to give their best work for this movie.

Best Action Direction - RRR

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The movie “RRR” got the National Award for Best Action Direction, and it’s all thanks to the brilliant work of its director, S.S. Rajamouli. Rajamouli redefined action sequences with his exceptional vision and execution. He masterfully filmed the action scenes, making them a standout feature of the film.

Best Feature film - Rocketry: The Nambi Effect

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The highly-anticipated movie, “Rocketry: The Nambi Effect” has achieved a remarkable feat by winning the 69th National Award for Best Feature Film. This film is not only special but also unique because it’s both acted in and directed by R. Madhavan. It displays the incredible life journey of the scientist Nambi Narayanan. Audiences and critics have showered praise on Madhavan’s performance and the movie itself.

Best Music Director - Devi Sri Prasad

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The award for the best music director at the 69th National Film Awards was given to “Devi Sri Prasad” for the movie Pushpa. Tracks like “Saami Saami,” “Srivalli,” and “Oo Atava” became massive hits, grabbing the hearts of audiences across the country. These songs were not just music; they were a source of pure joy and happiness for everyone who listened to them. In an interview, music director Devi Sri Prasad mentioned,Pushpa won for the songs, I am very grateful for it. I am all the more happy now for Allu Arjun on winning the Best Actor award.”

Best Background score - M.M Keeravani

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“M.M Keeravani” won the best background score award at the 69th National Film Awards. M.M Keeravani received this award for the movie, “RRR”.His song, “Nato Nato” received audience love from all over the place. His music has not only grabbed national attention but also received massive appreciation all over the world. This man was also in charge of writing the music for films like Baahubali Parts 1 and 2.

Best Screenplay - Gangubai Kathiawadi

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The best screenplay award was given to the movie, “ Gangubai Kathiawadi” at the 69th National Film Awards. The nail-biting screenplay for this movie was written by the director, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, along with Utkarshini Vashishtha and S.Hussain Zaidi. The movie starred Alia Bhatt in the lead and Ajay Devgn in a special appearance. The film was a massive blockbuster upon its release and is now streaming on Netflix.

Best Playback singer female - Shreya Ghoshal

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Shreya Ghoshal” won best playback singer female at the 69th National Film Awards for the song ‘Maayava Chaayavaa’ in the Tamil film ‘Iravin Nizhal’. The song was a huge success in the Tamil film industry. With this great achievement, she bagged her fifth National Award in her career. The first national award that she got was in 2002 for the movie, Devdas. Shreya got this National Award for her first Tamil film.

Best Playback singer Male - Kala Bhairava

Kala Bhairava

“Kaala Bhairava” won the Best Male Playback Singer award at the 69th National Awards 2023. The singer won this award for the song Komuram Bheemudo from RRR. With this award, the movie “RRR” received five National Awards this year.

Best Tamil Film - Kadaisi Vivasayi

Best Tamil Film - Kadaisi Vivasayi

The movie “Kadaisi Vivasayi” won the National Award for Best Tamil Film. It was directed and produced by M. Manikandan and released on February 11, 2022. The film stars the late Nallandi as the main actor, with Vijay Sethupathi and Yogi Babu adding their talents to the movie. Interestingly, only Vijay Sethupathi and Yogi Babu were professional actors in the film; everyone else in the cast were farmers trying to act for the first time. This unique blend of professional and amateur actors added a special flavor to the movie-making process and won a National Award this year.

Best Telugu Film - Uppena

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The film “Uppena” won the Best Telugu Film award at the 69th National Awards in 2023. It was written and directed by Buchi Babu Kumar Sana. This movie featured new and talented actors in the lead roles, along with the renowned Telugu superstar Vijay Sethupathi. The music for the film was composed by Devi Shri Prasad.

Best Kannada Film - 777 Charlie


The Best Kannada Film Award was given to the movie “777 Charlie” at the 69th National Award. The film is directed by Kiranraj K. The leading cast members in the movie are Rakshit Shetty, Sangeetha Sringeri, Raj B. Shetty, and Bobby Simha. Showcasing the relationship between a dog and its owner is pure joy. The movie became the fifth highest-grossing Kannada movie at the time of release. The film also collected more than 100 crore worldwide.

Best Malayalam Movie - Home

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The award for Best Malayalam Movie was given to the movie “Home”. The movie was directed by Rojin Thomas. The cast for the movie were Indrans, Sreenath Bhasi and Vijay Babu. The movie was widely appreciated, and Malayalam movies are making an impact in the field of filmmaking. The movie “Home” serves as an excellent example of the quality of movies coming from this region. The film might have not earned well at the box office, but the intent to create quality content is above all.

Best Hindi Film - Sardar Udham Singh

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The Best Hindi Film at the 69th National Awards of 2023 was given to the movie “Sardar Udham Singh”. The actor in a leading role was Vicky Kaushal, who has given one of the best performances of his career. His character’s involvement in the movie deserves special applause. The film is based on a true story that many people were unaware of before watching it. The movie is brilliantly directed by Shoojit Sircar, who also directed previous films such as Andhadhun, October and many more. Apart from winning  Best Hindi Film Nationl Award. Shoojit Sircar’s Sardar Udham Singh won four more National Awards in 2023. These include Best Costume Design awarded to Veera Kapur, Best Cinematography to Avik Mukhopadhyay, Best Audiography to Sinoy Joseph, and Best Production Design to Dmitri Malich-Konkov and Mansi Dhruv Mehta. The film was a massive blockbuster upon its release and is now streaming on Netflix.

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