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After winning best director for Sriram Raghavan and best actress for Tabu at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne on Thursday, celebrations continued for Team Andhadhun even though Uri: The Surgical Strike was the real big winner as it bagged best Hindi film at the 66th National Film Awards announced Friday.

While Aditya Dhar took home the trophy for best director for Uri, Ayushmann Khurrana and Vicky Kaushal shared the best actor award for Andhadhun and Uri, respectively.

It's truly humbling and hugely gratifying to win the coveted National Award. As an artiste, I have always tried to back disruptive content that stands out for its quality content, wrote Khurrana whose Badhaai Hobagged the best popular film providing wholesome entertainment and best supporting actress for Surekha Sikri in a press statement. Today's honour is a validation of my hard work, belief system, the journey in movies and my reason to be an actor in the first place. Over and above my personal win, I am thrilled both the films I have done Andhadhun and Badhaai Ho have won at the prestigious National Awards. It again validates that people of our country want to see cinema that entertains and can be cherished I have been truly fortunate to be a part of Sriram Raghavan's vision and congratulate my director for his genius. As an artiste, Andhadhun challenged me and I strongly feel it made me a better actor.

Sikri said she was very happy a role like this was written I wish all of us from the team could win awards. Special thanks to the writers and Amit [Sharma] for directing us the way he did. I feel doing this was so worth it. The film deserves a lot more as it is so beautiful, real and entertaining.

Kaushal too posted a statement on social media, saying, Words might fall short to describe the happiness I'm feeling right now. For my work to be recognised by the honourable National Films Awards Jury is truly a moving moment for me and my family I wish to dedicate this Award to my parents, to every member of Team Uri, to our nation and to our armed forces who put their lives on the line each day, come rain or storm. He also said he's happy to be sharing the award with someone whom I admire.

The best adapted screenplay also went to Andhadhun but Uri won for best background music and sound design. Other big winners included regional actress Keerthy Suresh for her role in Mahanati, Sanjay Leela Bhansali for music of Padmaavat and Arijit Singh for singing Padmaavat song Binte Dil.

Social media was abuzz with praise from both fans and colleagues for best actress Suresh was on cloud nine as she never expected the award.

Rima Das seems to be setting a record by winning the National Award for best Assamese film with Bulbul Can Singafter her 2018 win for Village Rockstars. On Thursday, Das had bagged the best indie film in Melbourne.

Aijaz Khan's Hamid was the best Urdu film. I am overwhelmed. I am at a loss for words. This win means a lot to me. I had difficulties to get it released. I can't describe my feeling. It's sad though I can't reach Talha [the lead actor] or his family [because he lives in Kashmir], Khan said about his win.