In the best popular film category, the award has gone to the Hindi movie Rang de Basanti. It has also walked away with the awards for the best audiography and the best editing.
The award for best actor has gone to Amitabh Bachchan for the Hindi movie Black for his "dramatic rendition of a a reformed alcoholic who struggles to give a physically handicapped child a new life." Black has also won the award for the best feature film in the Hindi films category. Actress Sarika has got the award for the best actress for the English movie Parzania "for her rendition of a crusading mother who fights for justice against all adversity in a communally charged environment."
The awards announcement was delayed considerably after one of the jury members for selecting the 2005 awards had gone to court complaining that the awards were "fixed" by the authorities. The petition was dismissed by the Delhi high court a few days ago, clearing the decks for the announcement of the awards.
Both Bachchan and Sarika will be awarded the Rajat Kamal and a cash award of Rs 10,000 each. Mr Dasgupta whose movie has been selected for its "rare lyrical style and a unique cohesion of narrative structure and characters that allow it to flow on different planes" will receive the Swarna Kamal and a cash prize of Rs 50,000. A Swarna Kamal and a cash award of Rs 40,000 will be given to the director of Rang de Basanti, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra.
Among other categories, the best director's award has gone to Rahul Dholakia, the director of Parzania. Not screened in Gujarat theatres - the story was based on the real life story of a Parsi couple after their son went missing during the 2002 communal riots in Gujarat - Parzania has walked away with two national awards.
Naseeruddin Shah has been chosen for the best supporting actor award for the Hindi movie Iqbal. Actress Urvashi has been selected for the best supporting actress award for her "highly credible performance of a brave woman who pledges her life and love for an adopted child" in the Malayalam movie Achhuvinte Amma.
The best male playback singer and the best female playback singer awards have gone to Naresh Iyer and Shreya Ghosal, respectively.
The former has been chosen for the soulfully rendered Roo ba Roo in the movie Rang de Basanti while the latter gets the award for the song Apne aansoo peene ke liye in the movie Paheli.
Lalgudi Jayraman has got the award for the best music direction for the Tamil movie Sringaram while the award for the best lyrics has been won by Barguru Ramchadrappa for a song in the Kannada movie Thaayi.
The Indira Gandhi award for the best first film of a director has gone adman turned filmmaker Pradeep Sarkar for the Hindi movie Parineeta.
The Malayalam movie Daivanamathil has been conferred the Nargis Dutt award for best feature film on national integration.