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New Delhi : The 64th National Film Awards 2016 were announced on April 7, 2017, by the Chairpersons of the juries on Feature Films, Non Feature Films, Best Writing on Cinema and Most Film Friendly State Award. `Kasaav’ was  the awarded Best Feature Film award and `Sathamanam Bhavathi’ awarded as Best Popular Film providing wholesome entertainment. Akshay Kumar was selected for the Best Actor award for his film Rustom'. Surabhi selected for Best Actress award for her  Malayalam movie Minnaminungu – The Firefly’. Uttar Pradesh was selected for Most Film Friendly State Award and Jharkhand given the Special Mention Award. Rajesh Mapuskar given Best Direction Award for Marathi movie `Ventilator’.

The Feature Film Central panel was headed by Priyadarshan, an eminent film filmmaker known for his Malayalam movie Kanchivaram. The Chairperson for Non – Feature Film Jury was Raju Mishra while the Chairperson for Writing Jury was Bhawana Somaaya. The Most Film Friendly State award, which was introduced as a new category, was announced by Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi, a popular Director in Telugu film industry. The National Film Awards would be presented by President of India on May 3, 2017, according to a PIB release.

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