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The best and the beautiful

Buddhadeb Dasgupta

Buddhadeb Dasgupta  

NEW DELHI: Grabbing the headlines again, Madhur Bhandarkar's take on the glitzy but shallow world of the glamour journalism circle, Page 3, has won three National Film Awards — for best film, screenplay and editing.

Saif Ali Khan

Saif Ali Khan  

Bengali film-maker Buddhadeb Dasgupta has one more best director award for Swapner Din. Yash Chopra's magnum opus, Veer Zaara, and Cheran's Autograph (Tamil) share the award for the best popular film providing wholesome entertainment.

Tara

Tara  

Saif Ali Khan finally managed to win the Rajat Kamal: he bagged the best actor award for his "sheer ease, subtlety and spontaneity in portraying a complex and demanding role" in Hum Tum.

Kannada's Tara won the best actress award for the portrayal of a young Muslim wife who questions the traditional laws of her community in Hasina.

Udit Narayan

Udit Narayan  

The awards for 2004 were announced by the National Film Awards jury here on Wednesday.

While Mohan Krishna Indra Ganti's Telugu film Grahanam got the Indira Gandhi award for the best first film of a director, Shyam Benegal's Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose — The Forgotten Hero bagged the Nargis Dutt Award for best feature Film on the subject of National Integration. Rituparno Ghosh has the best Hindi film award for Raincoat.

Bengali actor Haradhan Banerjee is the oldest among the winners, at 92: he won the best supporting actor award for Krantikaal. Sheela won the best supporting actress award for her graceful performance in Akale (Malayalam).

Sheela

Sheela  

Om Bhutakar is the best child artist of the year: for his performance in Chhota Sipahi. Sankalp Meshram's Chutkan ki Mahabharat (Hindi) is the best children's film.

Girish Kasaravalli's Hasina is the best film on the topic of Family Welfare. Malayalam director Kamal's Perumazhakkalam has the award for the best film on the social issues such as prohibition, women and child welfare and so on. Sumitra Bahve and Sunil Sukhtankar's Marathi Devrai is the best film on environment conservation for 2004.

Singers Udit Narayan and Chitra have the best playback singer awards for their rendition of the songs yeh tara in Swades and Autograph. Vidya Sagar's compositions got him the best music director award: for Swarabhishekam.

Prabhu Deva won the best choreography award for his imaginative, dance compositions in Prabhu Deva (Hindi).

In the feature category, Shonali Bose's Amu is the best English film; Santosh Sivan's Navarasa the best in Tamil; Bipin Nadkarni's Uttarayan the best in Marathi, and Sampa Bhattachargee's Krantikaal the best in Bengali.

A special jury award is conferred on J. Phillip for his "incredible acting and dance performances despite being a physically challenged person" in Dancer (Tamil).

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