President to give away 54th National Film Awards on 2 September

MUMBAI: The 54th National Film Awards 2006 will be presented by President Pratibha Patil on 2 September. Veteran filmmaker Tapan Sinha will also be conferred with the Dada Saheb Phalke award by the president on that day, states PTI.

Pratibha Devisingh Patil will give away the awards in presence of Information & Broadcast minister P R Dasmunsi in New Delhi.

The 54th National Film Awards nominations had got delayed due to a legal issue that involved allegations of partiality in the awards. The Supreme Court later resolved the matter in favour of the government.

Following the Supreme Court ruling, the jury for the awards announced names of the winners in June this year. The date for the award function was awaiting consent from the President‘s office.

Sanjay Dutt starrer Lagey Raho Munnabhai won four national honours in categories including best popular film, best screenplay, best lyrics and best supporting actor.

Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee won the best actor award for the Bengali film "Podokkhep", while Tamil actress Priyamani swept away the best actress award for the film "Paruthi Veeran".

Madhur Bhandarkar’s "Traffic Signal" was declared winner of the best director award. Malayalam film "Pulijanmam" received the best feature film award.

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