NEW DELHI (Reuters) - ‘Lage Raho Munnabhai’ bagged four trophies on Tuesday at the 54th National Film Awards, announced a year late after legal proceedings dogged the previous edition.
The Sanjay Dutt comedy about a gangster espousing Gandhian values was adjudged the best popular film at the National Film Awards for 2006.
The film also won for best screenplay and lyrics, with Dilip Prabhavalkar winning in the supporting actor category for his portrayal of Mahatma Gandhi.
But the prestigious trophy for best feature film went to the Malayalam film ‘Pulijanmam’. The film, directed by Priyanandanan, deals with the clash between idealism and worldly life.
Soumitra Chatterjee won the best actor award for his portrayal of an elderly man struggling to keep pace with changing times in the Bengali film ‘Podokkhep’.
Priyamani won the best actress prize for her role as a firebrand village girl in the Tamil film ‘Paruthiveeran’.
Although it missed out on the lead acting honours, Bollywood was a winner in the directing category, with Madhur Bhandarkar picking up the Swarna Kamal for ‘Traffic Signal’.
‘Omkara’, a modern-day take on Shakespeare’s Macbeth, earned director Vishal Bhardwaj a special jury award. The film also won Konkona Sen Sharma a trophy for best supporting actress.
Kabir Khan was one of two directors jointly honoured for the best first film. Khan’s ‘Kabul Express’ depicts the journey of two Indian journalists through strife-torn Afghanistan.