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Lagaan sweeps national film awards

Press Trust of India

Posted: Jul 26, 2002 at 1841 hrs IST

Bollywood blockbuster Lagaan, which lost out in the race for an Oscar, won the most popular film award and seven more on Friday. Meanwhile, Kannada film Dweep by Girish Kasaravalli was adjudged the Best Feature Film in the 49th edition of the national film awards announced in New Delhi.

Renowned actress Tabu shared the Best Actress Award for her sensitive depiction of a beer bar dancer in Chandni Bar, with South Indian star Shobana for her role of a lonely mother in Mitr (my friend), K.S. Sethu Madhavan, chairman of the feature film jury said at a press conference in New Delhi.

Malayalam actor Murali bagged the Best Actor Award for his role in Neythukaran (the weaver) which revolves around a committed political worker caught in a web of shifting values.

B. Lenin was adjudged the Best Director for Tamil film Oruku Nooruper (hundred people in a hamlet) a tale of a revolutionary who has killed for his cause and was awarded death sentence.

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