Actors Amitabh Bachchan and Kangana Ranaut collected their Best Actor and Actress National Awards at a ceremony held in New Delhi on Tuesday. The awards were presented by President Pranab Mukherjee, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Arun Jaitley and his deputy Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore were also present.
Bachchan received the prize for his role in Shoojit Sircar’s Piku, in which he played the cantankerous old Bhashkor Banerjee. This is Bachchan’s fourth Best Actor win after Agneepath, Black and Paa. Bachchan’s actress-politician wife Jaya Bachchan, son Abhishek and daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai accompanied him to the ceremony.
Ranaut, wearing strapless silver gown, took home the trophy for her double role in Aanand L Rai’s Tanu Weds Manu Returns. This is Kangana Ranaut’s third National Award – she won the Best Supporting Actress award for Fashion and Best Actress for Queen. Baahubali, which won Best Feature Film and Special Effects awards, was represented by director S S Rajamouli. Acclaimed period film Bajirao Mastani, starring Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra, won in seven categories, including a prize for director Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
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