National Film Award for Best Actor

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National Film Award for Best Actor
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The 2020 recipient: Manoj Bajpayee (left) and Dhanush for Bhonsle and Asuran respectively
Awarded forBest Performance by an Actor
Sponsored by Directorate of Film Festivals
Formerly calledBharat Award (1968–1974)
Reward(s)
  • Rajat Kamal (Silver Lotus)
  • 50,000 (US$700)
First awarded1967
Last awarded2019
Most recent winner Manoj Bajpayee, Dhanush
Highlights
Most awards Amitabh Bachchan(4)
Total awarded60
First winner Uttam Kumar

The National Film Award for Best Actor, officially known as the Rajat Kamal Award for the Best Actor (Hindi pronunciation:  [rədʒət̪ kəməl] ), is an honour presented annually at the National Film Awards of India instituted since 1967 to actors who have delivered the best performance in a leading role within the Indian film industry. [1] Called the "State Awards for Films" when established in 1954, the National Film Awards ceremony is older than the Directorate of Film Festivals. The State Awards instituted the individual award in 1968 as the "Bharat Award for the Best Actor"; in 1975, it was renamed as the "Rajat Kamal Award for the Best Actor". [1] [2] [3] Throughout the past 45 years, accounting for ties and repeat winners, the Government of India has presented a total of 52 "Best Actor" awards to 40 actors. Until 1974, winners of the National Film Award received a figurine and certificate; since 1975, they have been awarded with a "Rajat Kamal" (silver lotus), certificate and a cash prize. [lower-alpha 1] [2]

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Although the Indian film industry produces films in around 20 languages and dialects, [1] the actors whose performances have won awards have worked in seven major languages: Hindi (twenty-five awards), Malayalam (thirteen awards), Tamil (eight awards), Bengali (five awards), Marathi and Kannada (three awards) and English (two awards).

The first recipient was Uttam Kumar from Bengali cinema, who was honoured at the 15th National Film Awards in 1967 for his performances in Anthony Firingee and Chiriyakhana . [5] He was also the first actor who won this award for two different films in the same year. As of 2020, Amitabh Bachchan is the most honoured actor with four awards followed by Kamal Haasan and Mammootty with three awards, while seven actors—Sanjeev Kumar, Om Puri, Naseeruddin Shah, Mithun Chakraborty, Mohanlal, Ajay Devgn and Dhanush—have won the award two times. Two actors have achieved the honour for performing in two languagesMithun Chakraborty (Hindi and Bengali) and Mammootty (Malayalam and English). [6] Riddhi Sen is the youngest recipient of the award at the age of 19. The most recent recipients are Manoj Bajpayee and Dhanush, who were honoured at the 67th National Film Awards for their performances in the films Bhonsle and Asuran respectively.

Key

SymbolMeaning
YearIndicates the year in which the film was censored by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC)
Dagger-14-plain.pngIndicates a joint award for that year
Double-dagger-14-plain.pngIndicates that the winner won the award for two performances in that year

Multiple Winners

Recipients

Uttam Kumar was the first-ever recipient of the Best Actor Award for his performances in Antony Firingee and Chiriyakhana in 1967. Uttam Kumar 2009 stamp of India.jpg
Uttam Kumar was the first-ever recipient of the Best Actor Award for his performances in Antony Firingee and Chiriyakhana in 1967.
Amitabh Bachchan has been the most frequent winner of the award (four times). Amitabh.Bachchan.jpg
Amitabh Bachchan has been the most frequent winner of the award (four times).
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Kamal Haasan (top) and Mammootty (bottom) have won the award three times each.
Mithun Chakraborty was awarded for his debut film. Mitun-chakraborty (cropped).jpg
Mithun Chakraborty was awarded for his debut film.
Riddhi Sen is the youngest recipient of the Award at the age of 19. Riddhi Sen in May 2018.jpg
Riddhi Sen is the youngest recipient of the Award at the age of 19.
List of award recipients, showing the year, role(s), film(s) and language(s)
Year [lower-alpha 3] Recipient(s)Role(s)Work(s)Language(s)Refs."
1967
(15th)
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Uttam Kumar Anthony Firingee Antony Firingee Bengali [9]
Byomkesh Bakshi Chiriyakhana
1968
(16th)
Ashok Kumar Shivnath "Joggi Thakur" Choudhary Aashirwad Hindi [10]
1969
(17th)
Utpal Dutt Bhuvan Shome Bhuvan Shome Hindi [11]
1970
(18th)
Sanjeev Kumar Hamid Ahmed Dastak Hindi [12]
1971
(19th)
M. G. Ramachandran Selvam Rickshawkaran Tamil [13]
1972
(20th)
Sanjeev Kumar Hari Charan Mathur Koshish Hindi [12]
1973
(21st)
P. J. Antony Velichapad Nirmalyam Malayalam [2]
1974
(22nd)
Sadhu Meher Kishtaya Ankur Hindi [3]
1975
(23rd)
M. V. Vasudeva Rao Choma Chomana Dudi Kannada [14]
1976
(24th)
Mithun Chakraborty Ghinua Mrigayaa Hindi [15]
1977
(25th)
Bharath Gopi Shankaran Kutty Kodiyettam Malayalam [16]
1978
(26th)
Arun Mukherjee Parasuram Parasuram Bengali [17]
1979
(27th)
Naseeruddin Shah Anirudh Parmar Sparsh Hindi [18]
1980
(28th)
Balan K. Nair Govindan Oppol Malayalam [19]
1981
(29th)
Om Puri Hari Mondal Arohan Hindi [20]
1982
(30th)
Kamal Haasan R. Srinivas
(Cheenu)
Moondram Pirai Tamil [21]
1983
(31st)
Om Puri Anant Velankar Ardh Satya Hindi [22]
1984
(32nd)
Naseeruddin Shah Naurangia Paar Hindi [18]
1985
(33rd)
Shashi Kapoor Vikas Pande New Delhi Times Hindi [23]
1986
(34th)
Charuhasan Tabara Shetty Tabarana Kathe Kannada [24]
1987
(35th)
Kamal Haasan Sakthivelu Nayakar [lower-alpha 4] Nayakan Tamil [26]
1988
(36th)
Premji Raghava Chakyar Piravi Malayalam [27]
1989
(37th)
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Mammootty Vaikom Muhammad Basheer [lower-alpha 5]
Mathilukal Malayalam [29]
Chandu Chekavar Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha
1990
(38th)
Amitabh Bachchan Vijay Deenanath Chauhan Agneepath Hindi [30]
1991
(39th)
Mohanlal Kalliyur Gopinathan Bharatham Malayalam [31]
1992
(40th)
Mithun Chakraborty Shibnath Tahader Katha Bengali [15]
1993
(41st)
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Mammootty Ponthan Mada Ponthan Mada Malayalam [29]
Bhaskara Patelar Vidheyan
1994
(42nd)
Nana Patekar Pratap Narayan Tilak Krantiveer Hindi [32]
1995
(43rd)
Rajit Kapur Mahatma Gandhi The Making of the Mahatma English [33]
1996
(44th)
Kamal Haasan Senapathy
(Indian),
Chandrabose
(Chandru)
Indian Tamil [34]
1997
(45th)
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Balachandra Menon Ismail Samaantharangal Malayalam [35]
Suresh Gopi Kannan Perumalayan Kaliyattam Malayalam
1998
(46th)
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Ajay Devgn Ajay R. Desai Zakhm Hindi [6]
Mammootty B. R. Ambedkar Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar English
1999
(47th)
Mohanlal Kunjikuttan Vanaprastham Malayalam [36]
2000
(48th)
Anil Kapoor Major Jaidev Rajvansh Pukar Hindi [37]
2001
(49th)
Murali Appa Mestry Neythukaran Malayalam [38]
2002
(50th)
Ajay Devgn Bhagat Singh The Legend of Bhagat Singh Hindi [39]
2003
(51st)
Vikram Chithan Pithamagan Tamil [40]
2004
(52nd)
Saif Ali Khan Karan Kapoor Hum Tum Hindi [41]
2005
(53rd)
Amitabh Bachchan Debraj Sahai Black Hindi [42]
2006
(54th)
Soumitra Chatterjee Shashanka Palit Podokkhep Bengali [43]
2007
(55th)
Prakash Raj Vengadam Kanchivaram Tamil [44]
2008
(56th)
Upendra Limaye Tayappa Jogwa Marathi [45]
2009
(57th)
Amitabh Bachchan Auro Paa Hindi [46]
2010
(58th)
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Dhanush K. P. Karuppu Aadukalam Tamil [47]
Salim Kumar Abu Adaminte Makan Abu Malayalam
2011
(59th)
Girish Kulkarni Keshya Deool Marathi [48]
2012
(60th)
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Irrfan Khan Paan Singh Tomar Paan Singh Tomar Hindi [4]
Vikram Gokhale Ratnakar Anumati Marathi
2013
(61st)
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Rajkummar Rao Shahid Azmi Shahid Hindi [49]
Suraj Venjaramoodu Father [lower-alpha 6] Perariyathavar Malayalam
2014
(62nd)
Sanchari Vijay Madesha
(Vidya) [lower-alpha 7]
Naanu Avanalla...Avalu Kannada [50]
2015
(63rd)
Amitabh Bachchan Bhashkor Banerjee Piku Hindi [51]
2016
(64th)
Akshay Kumar Commander Rustom Pavri Rustom [lower-alpha 8] Hindi [54]
2017
(65th)
Riddhi Sen Puti Nagarkirtan Bengali [55]
2018
(66th)
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Ayushmann Khurrana Akash Andhadhun Hindi
Vicky Kaushal Major Vihaan Singh Shergill Uri: The Surgical Strike Hindi
2019
(67th)
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Manoj Bajpayee Ganpath Bhonsle Bhonsle Hindi [56]
Dhanush Sivasaami Asuran Tamil

Footnotes

  1. As of 2014, the cash prize is 50,000 (US$700). [4]
  2. Bachchan has been the most successful actor since 2000, having won the award three times for his performances in Black (2005), Paa (2009) and Piku (2015). [7]
  3. Denotes The year in which the film was censored by the Central Board of Film Certification.
  4. The character played by Kamal Haasan was loosely based on the Mumbai-based Tamil gangster Varadarajan Mudaliar. [25]
  5. Mammootty played the real-life character of Vaikom Muhammad Basheer in the film that was based on an autobiographical novel of the same name by Basheer himself . [28]
  6. The character remained unnamed throughout the film.
  7. Vijay played the character of a transgender.
  8. In interviews with The Quint and Hindustan Times , the then-jury chairman Priyadarshan stated that Kumar won the award for Rustom and Airlift , but for technical reasons only one film was mentioned in the list of winners. [52] [53]

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