Eminent filmmaker Jayaraj bagged the best director and best adapted screenplay award for his movie "Bhayanakam", while Fahadh Faasil was adjudged the best supporting actor for his stellar performance in "Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum".
A jubilant Jayaraj, who won the best director award for the second time, said "Bhayanakam", a part of his 'navarasa' series, revolves around the story of youths from Kuttanad in Kerala who had joined the British Indian army during World War II.
"I dedicate this award to those Kuttanad men who had joined the army and lost their lives in the war," he said.
The "Deshadanam" director also remembered Jnanpith laureate Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai as the theme of the movie was taken from the author's magnum opus "Kayar".
Fahadh Faasil, who was seen surrounded by fans and well-wishers soon after the announcement in Delhi, said his first ever national award was completely "unexpected."
The actor, who played a thief in "Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum", said the role was a "challenging" one.
"I expected some awards for the movie as many of my friends thought it had a pan-India appeal, but I never expected an individual award for me," Fazil, who is currently shooting for director Amal Neerad's movie, said.
Yesudas received his eighth National Award as he was adjudged the best playback singer for the song 'Poyi Maranjakaalam' from "Viswasapoorvam Mansoor".
The wins by "Bhayanakam" also includes the best cinematography award for Nikhil S Praveen.
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