Actress Alia Bhatt won hearts with her sartorial choice at the 69th National Film Award in New Delhi this week as she walked in with husband Ranbir Kapoor wearing the saree from her wedding ceremony to the actor.
Bhatt was draped in the ivory embroidered outfit designed by Sabyasachi Mukherjee for the award ceremony held at Vigyan Bhawan on October 17, styled somewhat differently this time and accessorised her hair bun with white flowers.
Bhatt bagged the Best Actress National Film Award from Indian President Droupadi Murmu for her role in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film 'Gangubai Kathiawadi'.
'Gangubai Kathiawadi' revolves around a maiden sold by a suitor into prostitution and how she becomes a prominent and celebrated figure in the underworld and Kamathipua red-light district. Bhatt’s stellar performance in the film helped her bag the Best Actress Award at IIFA 2023 and Filmfare Awards 2023 as well. Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali bagged the National Award for Best Editing for the film too.
Meanwhile, the other winners included actor Pankaj Tripathi, who won Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the film 'Mimi'.
"There is hard work of whole team/unit behind any film. I am thankful to the jury for choosing me for this award... I dedicate this award to my father," he said, referring to his father Pandit Banaras Tiwari who passed away in August aged 99.
Kriti Sanon was conferred with the Best Actress Award for the same film and shared: "Just very, very overwhelmed. I feel very blessed and grateful. It is a very special moment, especially for ‘Mimi’ and also my parents were here watching me. I don't think I've felt this before."
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Renowned music director Devi Sri Prasad won the Best Music Director Award for his composition in the Telugu blockbuster film 'Pushpa: The Rise' and Telugu star Allu Arjun was honoured with the Best Actor Award for the same film.
Singer Shreya Ghoshal received the Best Female Playback Singer award for the song 'Mayava Chayava' from the Tamil film 'Iravin Nizhal' and actor R. Madhavan's directorial project 'Rocketry: The Nambi Effect' bagged the Best Feature Film award at the awards.
Veteran actress Waheeda Rehman was conferred with the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Lifetime Achievement Award for her contribution to Indian cinema.
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"I feel very honoured, very humbled. But the place where I am standing today is all because of my love for the film industry. Luckily, I got to work with the best directors, producers, technicians, writers, and music directors, and they all supported me. They gave me love and respect," she said.