In New Delhi, the 68th National Film Awards winners were revealed. Suriya and Ajay Devgn will share the Best Actor award for the year for their performances in Soorarai Pottru and Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior, respectively. This is Suriya's first National Award, while Ajay Devgn's third (he won Best Actor for his roles in The Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002) and Zakhm (1998)). The best feature film, Soorarai Pottru, and best actress for Aparna Balamurali were also awarded. This movie is based on the life of G Gopinath, the creator of Simplifly Deccan. The prize for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment went to Tanhaji, a historical drama on the renowned Maratha warrior Tanaji Malusare.
Suriya and Ajay Devgn shared the National Award for Best Actor for their roles in Soorarai Pottru and Tanhaji, respectively. Aparna Balamurali got the Best Actress Award for her work in Soorarai Pottru. Madhya Pradesh won the National Award for Most Film-Friendly State, with special mention going to Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh. Director Priyadarshan served as the chairperson of the jury for this division.
K R Sachidanandan, better known by his stage name Sachy, was awarded Best Director posthumously for the Malayalam thriller Ayyappanum Koshiyum, and Biju Menon was named Best Supporting Actor. At the age of 47, Sachy passed away from a heart attack in 2020.