5 Tollywood Actors Who Won The National Film Award

5 Tollywood Actors Who Won The National Film Award

20 Mar 18 @ 12:56 PM | By Vamsee Ajjampudi

The National Film Award is a prestigious award which is given away by the Directorate of Film Festivals. Each year, a committee is constituted by this directorate to pick the movies which are worthy enough to deserve this honour. But, often, there are movies and performances which deserve the award without a second thought. These are the ones which get the Special Jury/ Special Mention award. The difference Special Jury and Special Mention is that special jury awardees get a cash prize and a merit certificate whereas the special mention awardees get the merit certificate only. From Tollywood, there have been 6 personalities who won this award. Here are those talented people who’ve been honoured with the National Film Awards for best actors and actresses in the special mention category

  • Anjali Patil (Naa Bangaru Thalli)

    This movie is about a woman’s struggle against the evil society. After arriving in the city for higher education, she is kidnapped and forced into prostitution. The movie focuses on how she escapes and finds her freedom. Her compelling performance earned her the Special Mention award.

    Anjali Patil
  • Sudha Chandran for Mayuri (1985)

    Sudha Chandran is a Bharatnatyam dancer who unfortunately lost her leg in a accident. Later, she met Singeetam Srinivasa Rao, a Telugu director, on a plane and they got talking about her accident and her life before and after the accident. Later, Singeetam decided to make a movie on her with Sudha Chandran playing herself. The movie, which was titled Mayuri, was produced by Ramoji Rao, a Telugu media baron. The movie was a critical success and it won the Nandi Award for Best Feature Film. Her debut performance garnered her the Special Jury Award.

  • Rohini for Stri (1995)

    Rohini is an actress who has acted in various languages. In 1996, she acted in Stri which was directed by K. S. Sethumadahavan. The movie is about a rural woman (Rohini) who is devoted to her husband, who is a theatre actor. However, her husband is a mercurial fellow who is in love with another woman. When he and his mistress are caught by Rohini, her husband begs for her forgiveness and promises to be faithful from that moment on. The rest of movie is about whether this volatile husband can be trusted or not. The movie won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu. Rohini’s portrayal of a woman with a strong resolve won her the Special Mention award.

  • Akkineni Nagarjuna for Annammaya (1997)

    This movie is one of the best in Nagarjuna’s acting career. This biographical, devotional movie, which is directed by Raghavendra Rao, is about Annamacharya’s devotion to Lord Venkateswara. Nagarjuna, who portrayed Annamacharya, did an exceptionally good job. This performance can be termed as his best in his entire career. The movie was highly successful. The movie garnered various awards some of which include Nandi and Filmfare. Nagarjuna’s performance earned him the Special Mention award.

  • Prakash Raj for Anthapuram (1998)

    Anthapuram is a faction movie which shows the banes of factionalism. Shekhar (Sai Kumar) is the son of Narasimha, a faction leader. He, his wife Bhanumathi (Soundarya) and their son visit his father’s place. Unfortunately, Shekhar is killed by the enemy faction. His sudden death shocks Bhanumathi and she decides to leave the place immediately. However, Narasimha prevent Bhanu from leaving the place as they their grandson as the heir to their factionalism. What happens next forms the crux of the movie. The movie was a blockbuster. It also holds the record for being the first Indian movie with Rayalaseema factionalism as its core theme. For his captivating performance, Prakash Raj received the Special Mention award.

    Prakash Raj
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