Non-Bollywood movies on Friday, July 22 dominated the National Film Awards for 2020 as Tamil film Soorarai Pottru that tells the life story of aviation icon Captain Gopinath was adjudged the best film. Its lead artistes Sooriya and Aparna Balamurali were chosen as best actor and best actress.
While Tamil and Malayalam movies bagged all the main awards, only solace for Bollywood, the country's biggest film market, came in the form of Ajay Devgn being chosen as best actor along with Sooriya. Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior was named Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment.
The Best Director award went to K R Sachidanandan, known as Sachi in Malayalam film circles, for his film Ayyappanum Koshiyum. He died at the age of 49 in June 2020 soon after the film hit the theatres.
Biju Menon, who played one of the title role Ayappan in Sachi's film, was adjudged the best supporting actor, while Lakshmi Priya Chandramouli was chosen for the best supporting actress for her role in Tamil movie Sivaranjiniyum Innum Sila Pengalum.
From Kannada, Sagar Puranik's Dollu was adjudged the best Kannada film, while it also won another award for location sound recordist for Jobin Jayan. Kannada film Taledanda (Beheading a Life), directed by Praveen Krupakar, has been adjudged the best film on environment conservation.
In the non-feature category, Girish Kasaravalli-directed Naadada Navaneeta Dr PT Venkateshkumar was selected as the Best Arts and Culture Film.