National Awards are the most prestigious awards presented to the best movies of India. Movies that are released all across India compete with each other to be recognized at the National level. In this award ceremony, no movie is discriminated on the basis of budget, language or star cast. National award ceremony brings out the hidden gems and gives us new movies to watch. Here is a list of 5 must-watch movies that won national award for the best feature film in their respective years.
1. Baahubali: The Beginning
Baahubali grabbed everyone’s attention with its amazing VFX effects, top-notch action scenes and Hollywood-level execution. It won the national award in the year 2015 ( 63rd National Awards). Baahubali turned out to be the most popular movie that year, as lots of jokes and memes were made, as well as the numerous praises of the movie attracted lots of people to the theatres. Even though South Indian movies are not given as much attention as Bollywood movies, but Baahubali broke all the stereotypes and left Bollywood behind.
Court is a highly underrated movie which won the National award in the year 2014 (62nd National Awards). Not only that, the movie was premiered at 71st Venice International Film Festival and garnered positive reviews from international critics. The movie was India’s official submission for the Oscars. It revolves around India’s judicial system, as it keeps a raw image of the legal system through its witty and superbly-written script. It is directed and written by Chaitanya Tamhane. The movie is a must-watch for anyone who wants to watch Hindi movies beyond the typical mainstream masala.
3. Ship of Theseus
Another underrated movie on our list is Ship of Theseus. It won the National Award in the year 2013 (61st National Awards). The movie was premiered at 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. The movie is a very cleverly-written screenplay which executes the Theseus theory through the life of three extremely different people. As the life story of a blind photographer, a Jain Monk and a stockbroker comes in front of the viewers, we become immensely engaged. The movie is not shot through heavy equipment, but by simply using a Canon EOS-1D Mark IV. It gives a more realistic and simple look to the movie.
4. Paan Singh Tomar
Paan Singh Tomar is among Irrfan Khan’s best movies. It won the National Award in the year 2012 (60th National Awards). It also brought a National Award for the best actor under Irrfan Khan’s belt. The movie revolves around the life of a former athlete who won a gold medal at Indian National Games. But a twist in the fate turns him into a bandit who causes mayhem in the dreadful Chamba valley. The movie establishes the fact that Irrfan Khan is one of the finest actors who is not used fully in the Bollywood movies.
5. Page 3
Madhur Bhandarkar’s highly controversial and successful movie, Page 3, won the National Award in the year 2004 (52nd National Awards). It won three National awards in total along with Golden Lotus Award in the category of Best Film. The movie revolves around the glamorous world of Page 3 and media and what’s truly going on behind the scenes.