National Film Award for Best Actor

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National Film Award for Best Actor
Awarded by Directorate of Film Festivals
Type National
Category Indian Cinema
Description
Description Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Medal Rajat Kamal (Silver Lotus)
Statistics
Instituted 1967
First awarded 1967
Last awarded 2015
Total awarded 54
Cash award 50,000 (US$740)
Previous name(s) Bharat Award (1968–74)
First awardee(s) Uttam Kumar
Recent awardee(s) Amitabh Bachchan

The National Film Award for Best Actor, officially known as the Rajat Kamal Award for the Best Actor (Hindi pronunciation: [rədʒət̪ kəməl]), is an honour presented annually at the National Film Awards of India instituted only since 1967 to actors who have delivered the best performance in a leading role within the Indian film industry.[1] Called the "State Awards for Films" when established in 1954, the National Film Awards ceremony is older than the Directorate of Film Festivals. The State Awards instituted the individual award in 1968 as the "Bharat Award for the Best Actor"; in 1975, it was renamed as the "Rajat Kamal Award for the Best Actor".[1][2][3] Throughout the past 45 years, accounting for ties and repeat winners, the Government of India has presented a total of 52 "Best Actor" awards to 40 different actors. Until 1974, winners of the National Film Award received a figurine and certificate; since 1975, they have been awarded with a "Rajat Kamal" (silver lotus), certificate and a cash prize.[a][2]

Although the Indian film industry produces films in around 20 languages and dialects,[1] the actors whose performances have won awards have worked in seven major languages: Hindi (twenty-two awards), Malayalam (thirteen awards), Tamil (seven awards), Bengali (four awards), Marathi (three awards), Kannada (three awards) and English (two awards).

The first recipient was Uttam Kumar from Bengali cinema, who was honoured at the 15th National Film Awards in 1968 for his performances in Anthony Firingee and Chiriyakhana.[5] As of 2016, Amitabh Bachchan is the most honoured actor, with four awards. Two actors—Kamal Haasan and Mammootty—have been honoured three times, while six actors—Sanjeev Kumar, Mithun Chakraborty, Om Puri, Naseeruddin Shah, Mohanlal, and Ajay Devgn—have won the award two times. Mithun Chakraborty and Mammootty are the only two actors who have achieved the honour for performing in two different languages. The former was awarded in 1977 for the Hindi film Mrigayaa and in 1993 for the Bengali film Tahader Katha. Mammootty was bestowed with the award for his performances in four Malayalam films: for Mathilukal and Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha in 1990 and for Ponthan Mada and Vidheyan in 1994 ; and in 1999 for starring as B. R. Ambedkar in the English film Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar (jointly shared with Devgn).[6] The most recent recipient is Amitabh Bachchan, who will be honoured at the 63rd National Film Awards for his performance in the 2015 Hindi film Piku.

Recipients[edit]

Amitabh Bachchan
Amitabh Bachchan has won the honour maximum number (four) of times.[b]
Kamal Haasan
Mamootty
Kamal Haasan (top) and Mammootty (bottom) have won the award three times.
Mithun Chakraborty
Mithun Chakraborty was awarded for his debut film.[8]
Key
Symbol Meaning
Year Indicates the year in which the film was censored by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC)
dagger Indicates a joint award for that year
List of award recipients, showing the year, role(s), film(s) and language(s)
Year[c] Recipient(s) Role(s) Work(s) Language(s) Refs.
1967
(15th)
Uttam Kumar Anthony Firingee
Byomkesh Bakshi
Antony Firingee
Chiriyakhana
Bengali [9]
1968
(16th)
Ashok Kumar Jogi Thakur Aashirwad Hindi [10]
1969
(17th)
Utpal Dutt Bhuvan Shome Bhuvan Shome Hindi [11]
1970
(18th)
Sanjeev Kumar Hamid Ahmed Dastak Hindi [12]
1971
(19th)
M. G. Ramachandran Selvam Rickshawkaran Tamil [13]
1972
(20th)
Sanjeev Kumar Hari Charan Mathur Koshish Hindi [12]
1973
(21st)
P. J. Antony Velichapad Nirmalyam Malayalam [2]
1974
(22nd)
Sadhu Meher Kishtaya Ankur Hindi [3]
1975
(23rd)
M. V. Vasudeva Rao Choma Chomana Dudi Kannada [14]
1976
(24th)
Mithun Chakraborty Ghinua Mrigayaa Hindi [15]
1977
(25th)
Bharath Gopi Shankaran Kutty Kodiyettam Malayalam [16]
1978
(26th)
Arun Mukherjee Parashuram Parashuram Bengali [17]
1979
(27th)
Naseeruddin Shah Anirudh Parmar Sparsh Hindi [18]
1980
(28th)
Balan K. Nair Govindan Oppol Malayalam [19]
1981
(29th)
Om Puri Hari Mondal Arohan Hindi [20]
1982
(30th)
Kamal Haasan R. Srinivas (Cheenu) Moondram Pirai Tamil [21]
1983
(31st)
Om Puri Anant Velankar Ardh Satya Hindi [22]
1984
(32nd)
Naseeruddin Shah Naurangia Paar Hindi [18]
1985
(33rd)
Shashi Kapoor Vikas Pandey New Delhi Times Hindi [23]
1986
(34th)
Charuhasan Tabara Shetty Tabarana Kathe Kannada [24]
1987
(35th)
Kamal Haasan Sakthivelu Nayakar[d] Nayagan Tamil [26]
1988
(36th)
Premji Raghava Chakyar Piravi Malayalam [27]
1989
(37th)
Mammootty Vaikom Muhammad Basheer [e]
Chandu Chekavar
Mathilukal
Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha
Malayalam [29]
1990
(38th)
Amitabh Bachchan Vijay Deenanath Chauhan Agneepath Hindi [30]
1991
(39th)
Mohanlal Gopinathan Bharatham Malayalam [31]
1992
(40th)
Mithun Chakraborty Shibnath Tahader Katha Bengali [15]
1993
(41st)
Mammootty Ponthan Mada
Bhaskara Patelar
Ponthan Mada
Vidheyan
Malayalam [29]
1994
(42nd)
Nana Patekar Pratap Narayan Tilak Krantiveer Hindi [32]
1995
(43rd)
Rajit Kapur Mahatma Gandhi The Making of the Mahatma English [33]
1996
(44th)
Kamal Haasan Senapathy (Indian),
Chandrabose
Indian Tamil [34]
1997
(45th)
dagger
Balachandra Menon Ismail Samaantharangal Malayalam [35]
1997
(45th)
dagger
Suresh Gopi Kannan Perumalayan Kaliyattam Malayalam [35]
1998
(46th)
dagger
Ajay Devgn Ajay R. Desai Zakhm Hindi [6]
1998
(46th)
dagger
Mammootty B. R. Ambedkar Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar English [6]
1999
(47th)
Mohanlal Kunhikuttan Vanaprastham Malayalam [36]
2000
(48th)
Anil Kapoor Major Jaidev Rajvansh Pukar Hindi [37]
2001
(49th)
Murali Appa Mestry Neythukaran Malayalam [38]
2002
(50th)
Ajay Devgn Bhagat Singh The Legend of Bhagat Singh Hindi [39]
2003
(51st)
Vikram Chithan Pithamagan Tamil [40]
2004
(52nd)
Saif Ali Khan Karan Kapoor Hum Tum Hindi [41]
2005
(53rd)
Amitabh Bachchan Debraj Sahai Black Hindi [42]
2006
(54th)
Soumitra Chatterjee Shashanka Palit Podokkhep Bengali [43]
2007
(55th)
Prakash Raj Vengadam Kanchivaram Tamil [44]
2008
(56th)
Upendra Limaye Tayappa Jogwa Marathi [45]
2009
(57th)
Amitabh Bachchan Auro Paa Hindi [46]
2010
(58th)
dagger
Dhanush K. P. Karuppu Aadukalam Tamil [47]
2010
(58th)
dagger
Salim Kumar Abu Adaminte Makan Abu Malayalam [47]
2011
(59th)
Girish Kulkarni Keshya Deool Marathi [48]
2012
(60th)
dagger
Irrfan Khan Paan Singh Tomar Paan Singh Tomar Hindi [4]
2012
(60th)
dagger
Vikram Gokhale Ratnakar Anumati Marathi [4]
2013
(61st)
dagger
Rajkummar Rao Shahid Azmi Shahid Hindi [49]
2013
(61st)
dagger
Suraj Venjaramoodu Father[f] Perariyathavar Malayalam [49]
2014
(62nd)
Sanchari Vijay Madesha (Vidya) Naanu Avanalla...Avalu Kannada [50]
2015
(63rd)
Amitabh Bachchan Bhashkor Banerjee Piku Hindi [51]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ As of 2014, the cash prize is 50,000 (US$740).[4]
  2. ^ Bachchan has been the most successful actor since 2000, having won the award three times for his performances in Black (2006), Paa (2010) and Piku (2015).[7]
  3. ^ Denotes The year in which the film was censored by the Central Board of Film Certification.
  4. ^ The character played by Kamal Haasan was loosely based on the Mumbai-based Tamil gangster Varadarajan Mudaliar.[25]
  5. ^ Mammootty played the real-life character of Vaikom Muhammad Basheer in the film that was based on an autobiographical novel of the same name by Basheer himself .[28]
  6. ^ The character remained unnamed throughout the film.

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