“I would be surprised if I don't get unbelievable critical acclaim for 'Dirty Picture' and a National Award for my actress Vidya Balan...” so spoke producer Ekta Kapoor on 'Dirty Picture' before the film was even released. Upon release the movie had indeed received much acclaim, critical and general and now Vidya Balan has been chosen as the best actress for her portrayal of the rebellious Reshma/Silk at the 2011 National Awards.
“This is unbelievable... it is the biggest honour of the country... it is special,” was what the actor had to say about her achievement.
Girish Kulkarni (Image Courtesy: ianslive.in)
'Deool', a film focusing on the present situation of Indian villages since the dawn of globalization, won the award for the Best Film, along with the first ever Byari language film 'Byari', directed by K P Suveeran. Girish Kulkarni, who essayed the role of 'Keshya' in 'Deool' was adjudged the Best Actor. Punjabi director Gurvinder Singh won the Best Director award for his film 'Anhe Ghorey Da Daan'. The Salman Khan produced children's film 'Chillar Party' directed by Nitesh Tiwari and Vikas Bahl, won the award for the Best Children's Film.
Partho Gupthe, son of writer/director Amole Gupthe, who had directed and produced the children's film 'Stanley Ka Dabba', won the Best Child Artist award, along with the child artists of 'Chillar Party'. Tamil film 'Aranyakandam', directed by Kumararaja Tiyagarajan, won the Indira Gandhi award for the Best Debut film. Praveen K L and N B Srikanth shared the award for Best Editing for their work in 'Aranyakandam'.
Vikas Behl and Nitesh Tiwari shared the award for the Best Screenplay for their film 'Stanley Ka Dabba'. Shah Rukh Khan's 'RA.One' won an award for Best Special Effects. Ashvin Kumar's 'Inshallah' on football and Arun Chanda's 'Mindscape' on the intimacy needs of the differently enabled were named the Best Film On Social Issues.
Malayalam films failed to find a mention in the list in spite of the recent signs of resurgence in the industry.