This is the second film of Jaya, which has won the coveted award, after Bishorjon won it in 2017
The Indian Bangali film Ek Je Chhilo Raja, starring Bangladeshi actor Jaya Ahsan, has won the 66th Indian National Award for Best Bengali Regional Film on Friday in New Delhi.
This is the second film of Jaya, which has won the coveted award, after Bishorjon won it in 2017. Jaya made post about the achievement on her verified Facebook page, which reads: "Srijit Mukherji directed Ek Je Chhilo Raja has won the 66th Indian National Award for Best Bengali Regional Film. I am very happy to hear this news for two particular reasons. In 2017 this same award was won by Kaushik Ganguly directed Bisorjon. I played one of the lead characters in that film. I also acted in this year's winner in the same category, Ek Je Chhilo Raja.
"The second reason for happiness is that the setting of this film is in Bhawal region of Bangladesh. As part of the research team for the film, I was involved in collecting the information about Bhawal pronunciation and dialect. Coincidentally, both films were set in Bangladesh, which completes my joy regarding this matter. I heartily congratulate the entire team of Ek Je Chhilo Raja and its production house SVF films."
The winners of India's 66th National Film Awards were announced in New Delhi on Friday. The jury comprised of Rahul Rawail, AS Kanal, and Utpal Bhorpujari. Over 400 films were submitted in the feature film category, and 256 films were submitted in the non-feature category.
The Best Feature Film award went to Hellaro, a film about women empowerment in a patriarchal society. The Best Direction award went to Aditya Dhar for Uri: The Surgical Strike. Best Hindi Film award went to Andhadhun.
The Best Actor award for male was shared by Ayushmann Khurrana for Andhadhun, and Vicky Kaushal for Uri. The Best Actor award for female went to Keerthy Suresh for Mahanati.
Swanand Kirkire in Chumbak won Best Supporting Actor male, and Surekha Sikri in Badhaai Ho won the Best Supporting Actor female.
Best Original Screenplay award went to Rahul Ravindran for Chi La Sow, and the Best Adapted Screenplay award went to Andhadhun writers Sriram Raghavan, Arijit Biswas, Yogesh Chandekar, Hemant Rao, and Pooja Ladha Surti.
Akshay Kumar starrer Padman won the award for Best Film on Social Issues. Sanjay Leela Bhansali won the award for Best Music Direction in Padmaavat.