Actors Ajay Devgn and Suriya during the 68th National Film Awards
Actors Ajay Devgn and Suriya during the 68th National Film Awards Image Credit: ANI

Ajay Devgn on Friday shared a picture with his fellow best actor award winner Suriya on social media.

Taking to his Instagram stories, the ‘Runway 34’ actor wrote, “It was fantastic to share time with esteemed colleague & fellow best actor award winner, @actorsuriya. Deeply respect his talent & love his movies.”

Devgn won the Best Actor Award for ‘Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior’. This is his third best actor win. He has previously won the award for the 1998 film ‘Zakhm’ and ‘The Legend Of Bhagat Singh’, which was released in 2002.

The ceremony took place at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi on Friday evening. Devgn shared the best actor award with Suriya.

Devgn’s ‘Tanhaji’ also bagged the Best Popular Film Award.

After receiving the award from President Droupadi Murmu, Devgn celebrated his win with a special post on Twitter.

“Not counting the wins or the blessings, just feeling grateful for all of it. Most importantly, your love. I share this win with all of you,” he tweeted.

“Honoured to receive my awards from the President of India, Smt. Droupadi Murmu,” the tweet further said.

‘Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior’ is a historical-action film, which traces the life of Maratha warrior Tanaji Malusare. Om Raut helmed the project.

Suriya, whose real name is Saravanan Sivakumar, won the National Award for his work in the film ‘Soorarai Pottru’ which is a dramatised portrayal of retired Army Captain GR Gopinath’s life as the founder of the low-cost airline Air Deccan.

Despite having a streaming release, the film was a big success, with fans flooding Twitter with rave reviews. Suriya and Guneet Monga both co-produced the film.

‘Soorarai Pottru’ also received the National Award for best feature film. Directed by Sudha Kongara, the film also features Paresh Rawal and Aparna Balamurali in the lead roles.

Aparna Balamurali also received the National Award for best actress in the lead role for her performance in the film.

‘Soorarai Pottru’ is currently being made in Hindi, with actors Akshay Kumar and Radhika Madan in the lead roles. The release date of the film is still not announced.

Tribal folk singer from Kerala Nanjiyamma received the National Award for the song she wrote and sang for the film ‘Ayyappanum Koshiyum’ (2020), directed by late KR Sachidanandan.