The actor in the leading role for the film gets the National Film Award for Best Actor. Earlier, it was known as the Rajat Kamal Award for the Best Actor. In 1968, the State Awards for the film started this award. and then it was known as Bharat Award for the Best Actor. Then its name was changed to Rajat Kamal Award for the Best Actor in 1975. Till 1974, the winners were honored with a figurine and certificate, but from 1975 onwards, they were presented with a Silver Lotus known as Rajat Kamal.
Uttam Kumar received the first Award for his Bengali film, ‘Chiriyakhana’ and Antony Firingee in 1968. Here’s a list of the 10 latest actors who have received this award:
The legendary Bollywood actor has won the maximum number of National Awards for Best Actor. In 2015, at the National Film Festival Award, he was honored with the Rajat Kamal for his performance in the movie, ‘
Piku’. He played the character of Bhashkar Banerjee here. His co-actors in the film were
Deepika Padukone and
In the year 2014, Kannada movie actor Sanchari Vijay received the National Award for the Best Actor for the film Naanu Avanalla…Avalu. He received the award at the National Film Festival Awards.
Suraj Venjaramoodu won the National Award for Best Actor at the National Film Festival in 2013. Here, he played the character of a father. The film revolves around the lives of two sweepers. At the Film Festival, he received this joint award with Rajkumar Rao.
Rajkummar Rao received the National Award for Best Actor at the National Film Festival in 2013. For his biographical film, ‘
Shahid’, he received this award. This movie is on the life of a Human activist and lawyer, Shahid Azmi.
Marathi film star, Vikram Gokhale won the National Award for Best Actor for his movie, ‘Anuwati’. He played the character of Ratnakar, and critics acclaimed this film. Vikram Gokhale and
Neena Kulkarni were the lead actors in the film.
6. Irrfan Khan
Bollywood star turned Hollywood star; Irrfan Khan, is the joint winner of National Award for Best Actor. He received this award for his film,
Paan Singh Tomar. It’s a biographical film in which a soldier of the Indian Army wins gold at the National Games, because the situation forces him to become a bandit.
In the year 2011, Marathi movie actor, Girish Kulkarni received the National Award for the Best Actor for the film ‘Deool’. It was a Marathi feature film, which shows the effect of globalization on small Indian towns and villages. At the same National Film Festival Awards, it also received the award for the Best Dialogue.
In 2010, along with
Dhanush, Salim Kumar was also awarded the National Award for Best Actor for his performance in the film, Adaminte Makan Abu. He played the role of Abu here. The film revolves around a poor attar seller Abu, whose only wish in life is Hajj pilgrimage. Salim Kumar and
Zarina Wahab are the lead actors in the movie.
Dhanush received the National Award for the Best Actor in leading role for his performance as K.P. Karuppu in the Tamil film, ‘Aadukalam’. In 2010, at the 58th National Film Festival Award, he was awarded the Rajat Kamal.
Taapsee Pannu and V.I.S Jayapalan were his co-actors in the film.
10. Amitabh Bachchan
Amitabh Bachchan received his third National Award for Best Actor at the National Film Festival Awards in 2009. He played the role of Auro, who is a child with a rare genetic condition called progeria.
Abhishek Bachchan and
Vidya Balan were his co-actors in the film.