Despite being low on glitz and glamour, National Film Awards remain the authentic validation for performance/skills in films. Established in 1954, the National Awards were initially called State Awards for Films and in 1968, Bharat Award for the Best Actor came into being. The 1st recipient of this prestigious honor was Uttam Kumar from Bengali cinema, who won it at the 15th National Film Awards for his performances in 1967 films Anthony Firingee and Chiriyakhana. The award also makes him the first actor to win this award for two different films in the same year. Uttam Kumar's fans began adoring him for his effortless natural performance in front of the camera and was loved for his charisma. Mahanayak indeed!