Chennai: Kollywood’s biggest superstars Rajinikanth and Kamal Hassan have won the coveted NTR National Film Award for 2014, 2015 and 2016 respectively.
The Andhra Pradesh government on Tuesday announced Rajini and Haasan winners of the NTR National Film Award. Elated Haasan took to this Twitter account to thank the state government and to congratulate ‘Thalaiva’.
“ Congratulations, Superstar.Rajinikanth for the NTR National award in 2016. Thank you Andhra for honouring me also, yet again. I am indebted to your continued support, which started early in my career. Kruthagnyathalu ” tweeted Kamal.
Rajinikanth, who is gearing up for his upcoming movie 2.0, also wrote: “I convey my heartfelt thanks and happiness for the prestigious Nandi Awards granted to me.”
Filmmakers R Narayana Murthy, M Keeravani and K S Rama Rao won the Nagi-Reddy Chakrapani Award. On the other hand, Krishnam Raju, Eshwar and Chiranjeevi will get the Raghupathi Venkaiah awards for lifetime achievement and their contribution to the Telugu film industry.
N. Balakrishna (Legend), Mahesh Babu (Srimanthudu) and Junior NTR (Nannaku Prematho and Janatha Garage) won the Nandi awards for best actor.
The awards will be presented to the winners in a ceremony which will take place in January 2018.
The Andhra Pradesh government had not announced the awards since 2014, due to the split of the state into two parts and the formation of Telangana.