New Delhi: The 66th National Film Award ceremony was organized in New Delhi’s Vigyan Bhavan on December 23, 2019.
The winners were honoured by Vice President Venkaiah Naidu.
Dadasaheb Phalke Award winner Amitabh Bachchan did not attend the ceremony. He took to social media to inform fans that he is 'down with fever'.
"Down with fever .. ! Not allowed to travel .. will not be able to attend National Award tomorrow in Delhi .. so unfortunate .. my regrets ..," the actor tweeted.
Information And Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar informed that Bachchan will be presented with the award during high-tea event to be hosted by the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind.
Bulbul can sing, directed by Rima Das won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Assamese.
The coming of age story revolves around two women and a man, expected to conform to social norms and an overall responsibility that requires them to choose their own path.
Bulbul Can Sing has been screened in 40 film festivals including the Toronto Film Festival and Berlin International Film Festival till date and has bagged a total of 13 awards.
Akshay Kumar received the National Award for Best Film on Social Issues for Pad Man, which deals around the concept of menstrual hygiene.
Aditya Dhar received the Best Director for Uri: The Surgical Strike.
Ayushmann Khurrana for Andhadhun and Vicky Kaushal for Uri: The Surgical Strike received awards for the best actor (male).
Keerthy Suresh for Mahanati received the award for the best actor (female).