Ramakanta Biswas

Bhubaneswar: Three Odia films have won national awards in the 67th National Film Awards, 2019 announced in Delhi today.

Sala Budhar Badla and Kalira Atita have been adjudged as best Odia films in feature film category. Sala Budhar Badla is produced by New Generation Films and helmed by Director Sabyasachi Mohapatra. Similarly, Nila Madhab Panda directed Kalira Atita.


Both the films won Rajat Kamal awards and cash reward of Rs 1 lakh

Besides, Srikshetra ru Sahijata', a documentary on famous Sahi Jata of Puri has been adjudged as Best Arts and Culture Film in the non feature film section. Produced and directed by Ashutosh Pattnaik, the film received a Rajat Kamal medal and cash prize of Rs 50,000.

This year, Kangana Ranaut has bean declared Best Actress for her performances in the Hindi films Manikarnika and Panga. Manoj Bajpayee, for the Hindi film Bhonsle, and Dhanush, for his role in the Tamil film Asuran, were jointly declared Best Actor.

Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan won the Best Direction award for Bahattar Hoorain. The Best Feature Film award went to Priyadarshan's lavish Malayalam historical drama, Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham.

The 67th edition of the awards were organised by Directorate of Film Festivals (DFF) of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. The ceremony was scheduled to be held in May 2020 but had to be postponed owing to the Covid pandemic.