Bollywood steals the show at annual national awards
At the prestigious National Film Awards, usually Bollywood takes a back seat for a change, and regional language films are given precedence over the more mainstream cinema. However, this year saw an unusual shift, whereby the biggest movies of 2014 were lauded with some of the most sought after awards. Haider, a modern day take on Shakespeare's Hamlet starring Shahid Kapoor, won five prizes, whilst Queen, the fun, light-hearted contemporary story featuring Kangana Ranaut in a refreshingly different character, took home the best Hindi film title, with the leading lady being awarded with best actress. Many appreciated that Queen finally got the credit and recognition it deserved, after being snubbed time and again at the numerous mainstream awards ceremonies by big budget flicks like Happy New Year. The unique and well-made movie which gave Kangana the opportunity to demonstrate her versatility as an all rounded actress, was definitely worthy of the award she was honoured with. Mary Kom starring Priyanka Chopra was also revered as best popular film. Given the three titles that received the most accolade, it is great to see that alternative, well-made and contemporary pictures are being appreciated and acknowledged in an industry, which is overcome by masala, item numbers and often pointless story-lines.