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x-default Best actor award winner Akshay Kumar shakes hands with best actress award winner Surabhi at the 64th National Film Awards function at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi on Wednesday. PTI

New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee Wednesday presented the National Film Awards to this year's winners who included Bollywood star Akshay Kumar (best actor) and Rajesh Mapuskar (best director) as well as the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke to renowned filmmaker and actor K. Viswanath.

Mukherjee said he was happy that the 64th edition of the awards represented a "microcosm" of India and celebrates the diversity of languages, customs, religions and culture.

"Indian cinema and its diversity conveys the underlying spirit of brotherhood, tolerance, acceptance and co-existence. The inherent strength of unity in spite of diversity was our cultural heritage which was inherited through ages," Mukherjee said during the ceremony.

Viswanath became the 48th recipient of the Dadasaheb Phalke award, the highest recognition in Indian cinema, which consists of a golden lotus, a citation, cash prize of Rs 10 lakh and a shawl.

akshay-k-vishwanath Dadasaheb Phalke Award winner veteran Telugu filmmaker K Vishwanath with best actor award winner Akshay Kumar at the 64th National Film Awards function at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi on Wednesday. PTI Photo

"It is an auspicious occasion to receive this prestigious award. I offer my 'pranams' to my parents and to the Almighty who is everywhere. Thank you to his excellency, the president, honorable ministers and jury members and to all my fans everywhere in India," the 87-year-old filmmaker said.

Akshay was honored for his portrayal of a patriotic naval officer in Rustom, a court room drama directed by Tinu Suresh Desai, which is loosely based on the 1959 Nanavati murder case. He received the Rajat Kamal and Rs 50,000.

The actor was accompanied by his wife Twinkle Khanna and son Aarav Bhatia.

C.M. Surabhi was given the best actress award for her role in the Malayalam film Minnaminungu-The Firefly. She received the Rajat Kamal and Rs 50,000.

"I am very happy that I have won this award so early in my career. I am thankful to the jury and I am happy that regional cinema is being given its due," Surabhi told PTI after accepting her award.

Surabhi with Sonam Kapoor Surabhi with Sonam Kapoor at the 64th National Film Awards function at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi on Wednesday. PTI

Neerja, directed by Ram Madhvani, was awarded the best Hindi film. It is based on the 1986 hijacking incident during which flight attendant Neerja Bhanot was killed by terrorists while saving passengers.

Neerja star Sonam Kapoor received a special mention for her role in the film. The actress chose to go traditional for the ceremony wearing a pastel green saree. She was accompanied by father, actor Anil Kapoor, mother Sunita Kapoor and rumored beau, businessman Anand Ahuja.

The trio cheered the actress as she went up to the podium to accept the special mention.

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Amitabh Bachchan-starrer Pink, a female-centric court room drama, won the award for best film on social issues.

Bengali filmmaker Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, who made his Hindi directorial debut with Pink, said after the success of this film he now wants to make more Hindi films.

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"It started with a good box office collection and now the national awards. We couldn't have asked for anything more. It gives a huge boost to get an award from the president. I am planning to do more Hindi films," Aniruddha told PTI.

Marathi movie Kasaav led the regional cinema dominance bagging the best feature film honor and was awarded the Swarna Kamal and Rs 2,50,000 each to the director and producer.

Kasaav, directed by Sunil Sukhtankar and Sumitra Bhave, revolves around the issue of depression and environment conservation.

"I am happy that Marathi films are getting national recognition. I hope that the audience and the jury keep appreciating the work coming from regional cinema," veteran actor Mohan Agashe, who has produced the film, said.

Kashmiri actress Zaira Wasim was given the best supporting actress award for her role in the Aamir Khan- starrer Dangal, while Nagesh Kukunoor's Dhanak was honored as the best children's film.

"It has been a marvelous journey with 'Dhanak'. We began the journey at Berlin Film Festival and it culminated with the national awards in Delhi. It is not a bad trip to take over the past three years," Kukunoor said.

Ajay Devgn's Shivaay won the special effects award.

Mapuskar took home the best director award for his film Ventilator and was given the Swarna Kamal and Rs 2,50,000. The movie, produced by actress Priyanka Chopra and her mother Madhu, won three awards.

Ventilator also won the best editing and the best final mixed track award.

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The best adapted screenplay went to Dashakriya, which was honored as the best Marathi film, while its star Manoj Joshi was given the best supporting actor award.

Malayalam film Maheshinte Prathikaaram won the best original screenplay award and the best dialogues went to Telugu movie Peli Chuplu.

Actor Mohanlal received the special jury award for his notable work in films like Pulimurugan, Janatha Garage and Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol.

mohanlal-surabhi Surabhi exchanges greetings with Mohanlal at the 64th National Film Awards function at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi on Wednesday. PTI

The awards for the best male playback singer went to Sundharayyar for Tamil movie Joker for the song 'Jasmine E', while the best female playback singer award went to Iman Chakraborty for 'Tumi Jaake' from the Bengali movie Praktan.

Both Sundharayyar and Iman performed their respective award-winning songs during the ceremony.

The Nargis Dutt award for the best feature film on national integration went to Assamese film "Dikchow Banat Palaax", while the best popular film providing wholesome entertainment honor was handed out to Telugu film "Sathmanam Bhavathi".

The Indira Gandhi Award for the best debut film of a director went to Bengali movie "Alifa" by Deep Choudhary.

Tamil movie 24 won the best cinematography and production design.

Babu Padmanabha was honored with the best music direction award for Kannada film "Allama", while there was a tie in the best lyrics category -- Vairamuthu won for Entha Pakkam from the Tamil film "Dharma Durai" and Anupam Roy for "Tumi Jaake Bhalo Basho" from "Praktan".

Allama also won the award for best make-up.

The best child artist award was shared by Adhish Praveen, Nur Islam, Saimul Alam and Manohara K.

Akshay Kumar, Surabhi and Adish Praveen Akshay Kumar, Surabhi and child actor Adish Praveen at the 64th National Film Awards function in New Delhi on Wednesday. PTI

Peter Hein of Pulimurugan took home the best stunt choreographer award, while Jayadevan won the best sound designer award for Malayalam movie Kaadu Pookunna Neram.

Raju Sundaram won the best choreography award for his work in Telugu film Janatha Garage.

Best costume designer award went to Sachin for the Marathi film Cycle.

Mahayodha Rama won the best animation film award, while Loktak Lairembee won the best environment conservation /preservation.

Hindi films Kadvi Hawa and Mukthi Bhawan received special mentions.

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    Best actress award winner Surabhi exchanges greetings with actor Mohanlal at the 64th National Film Awards function at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi on Wednesday. PTI

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    President Pranab Mukherjee presents Dadasaheb Phalke Award to Telugu filmmaker K Vishwanath at the 64th National Film Awards function in New Delhi on Wednesday. I & B Minister M Venkaiah Naidu and Minister of State for I & B, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore are also seen. PTI

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    Left: President Pranab Mukherjee presents Best Child Actor Award to Adish Praveen for 'Kunju Daivam' at the 64th National Film Awards function in New Delhi on Wednesday. Right: Actress Surabhi poses before shutterbugs. Photos: PTI

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    Best Actor award winner Akshay Kumar shakes hands with Best actress award winner Surabhi at the 64th National Film Awards function at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi on Wednesday. PTI

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    Best Actor award winner Akshay Kumar greets actress Sonam Kapoor as Best actress award winner Surabhi looks on, at the 64th National Film Awards function at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi on Wednesday. PTI

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    Best actress award winner Surabhi with actress Sonam Kapoor at the 64th National Film Awards function at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi on Wednesday. PTI

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    Best Actor award winner Akshay Kumar and actor Anil Kapoor exchange greetings as Dadasaheb Phalke award winner K Vishwanath poses during the 64th National Film Awards function in New Delhi on Wednesday. PTI

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    Akshay Kumar, Surabhi and child actor Adish Praveen at the 64th National Film Awards function in New Delhi. Photo: Suresh J

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    President Pranab Mukherjee presents Best Actress Award to Surabhi at the 64th National Film Awards function in New Delhi on Wednesday. MoS for I & B Rahyavardhan Singh Rathore is also seen. PTI

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    President Pranab Mukherjee presents Best Malayalam movie Award to producer Aashiq Abu and Best actress award to Surabhi at the 64th National Film Awards function in New Delhi on Wednesday. Photo: Suresh J

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    Actress Sonam Kapoor at the 64th National Film Awards function at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi on Wednesday. PTI

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    President Pranab Mukherjee presents Best child actor Award to Adish Praveen and Best Audiography to Ajith Abraham Jyoti at the 64th National Film Awards function in New Delhi on Wednesday. Photo: Suresh J

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    Akshay Kumar, Surabhi and child actor Adish Praveen at the 64th National Film Awards function in New Delhi. Photo: Suresh J

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    Actress Surabhi and child actor Adish Praveen pose for a photo at the 64th National Film Awards function in New Delhi. Photo: Suresh J

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    President Pranab Mukherjee presents Best scenarist Award to Shyam Pushkaran at the 64th National Film Awards function in New Delhi on Wednesday. MoS for I & B Rahyavardhan Singh Rathore is also seen. Suresh J

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