Mangalore, March 7: The Beary language movie ‘Byari’ has bagged the National Award for the Best Film at the 59th National Film Awards 2011 in New Delhi on Wednesday.
‘Beary’ has shared the prestigious award with Marathi movie ‘Deool’, produced by Abhijeet Gholap and directed by Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni.
The first ever feature film in Beary dialect ‘Byari’, produced by Mangalore based T H Althaf Hussain and directed by Suveeran, was released in June 2011.
The film, which was shown in some festivals, had won rave reviews. It has Tamil and Malayalam actress Mallika (who got a special mention from the jury for her performance) in the lead role, while popular Malayalam actor Mamukkoya appears in a "very serious negative role" in the film as her father, the director said.
The film depicts the culture, tradition and language of the 'Byari' community. It highlights strict laws and regulations of marriage in the community, pros and cons of divorce in Islam and how it affects the women.
Meanwhile Vidya Balan was called Best Actress for 2011 for The Dirty Picture.
The Dirty Picture won two additional awards: Best Costume Designer (Niharika Khan) and Best Make-up Artiste (Vikram Gayakwad).
Girish Kulkarni was named Best Actor for the film Deool (Marathi).
I AM, directed by Onir, was declared the best Hindi film and Chillar Party (Hindi) won Best Children Film.
Azhagarsamiyin Kuthirai (Tamil) won the award for Wholesome Entertainment.
Gurvinder Singh won Best Director for the Punjabi film, Anhe Ghorey Da Daan.
Other notable winners in the Feature Film Category include:
Best Supporting Actor: Appu Kutty in Azhagarsamiyin Kuthirai (Tamil)
Best Supporting Actress: Leishangthem Tonthoingambi Devi in Phijigee Mani (Manipuri)
Best Singer Male: Anand Bhate in Balgandharva (Marathi)
Best Singer Female: Roopa Ganguly in Abosheyshey (Bengali)
Best Debut Director: Kumararaja Thiagarajan in Aaranyakandam (Tamil)
Best Choreography: Bosco-Caeser for Senorita from Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
Best Special Effects: RA.One