South films score big at National Awards with 'Kanjeevaram', Adoor


New Delhi, Sep 7 (IANS) Filmmaker Priyadarshan's offbeat Tamil film "Kanjeevaram" has scored big at the 55th National Film Awards 2007, winning best feature film and best actor for Prakash Raj, while renowned Malayalam director Adoor Gopalakrishnan has been adjudged best director for "Naalu Pennungal", it was announced here Monday.

Kannada actress Uma Shri is best actress for "Gulabi Talkies"; Aamir Khan's directorial debut "Taare Zameen Par" gets best family welfare award.

Lyricist Prasoon Joshi gets the award for the best lyrics for "Maa" from "Taare Zameen Par" about a dyslexic child. The song also gets Shankar Mahadevan the National Award for best playback singer.

Shah Rukh Khan starrer "Chak De! India", about a humiliated national level hockey player who steers the women's team to international victory, has been awarded best film in overall entertainment.

Anil Kapoor's "Gandhi My Father" has won two awards - Feroz Abbas Khan, the director of the film, gets the National Award for best screenplay and Darshan Zariwala bags best supporting actor for portraying Gandhi, the father of the nation who strove for a normal relationship with his son.

Bhavna Talwar's directorial debut "Dharm" that explored religious undercurrents has won best film for national integration award.

Set in the backdrop of Kanjeevaram's handloom silk industry from the 1920s to 1948, "Kanjeevaram" is the story of a non-political weaver who leans towards communism and soon becomes a revolutionary leader and an advocate of the ideology, only to find himself caught between personal needs and his pursuit of social equality.