The National Award is by far the highest honour in the country. Unlike the numerous magazine, channel and other God-knows-what-pre-decided awards in the country, the National Award actually holds a lot of prestige and is extremely difficult to get your hands on. So much so that some of India’s most marvelous male actors like Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Dharmendra, Thalapathy Vijay, Jr. NTR, Vijay Sethupatji, Sunny Deol, Govinda, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Rajkumar Rao and many others have never won it as have several eminent actresses like Rekha and Madhuri Dixit and numerous great filmmakers both past and present such as Raj Khosla, Vijay Anand, Rajkumar Santoshi, Rajkumar Hirani and Neeraj Pandey. Now, what if were to tell you that as tough as it may be, there’s an actor who has won more National Awards than Amitabh Bachchan, Kamal Haasan and Mammootty. We’re talking about the immensely talented Prakash Raj, and today, on his birthday, let’s check out his National Award wins, which place him above myriad legendary actors in the country.
The Singham actor has won a total of five National Awards. Amitabh Bachchan and Kamal Haasan are next with four each while Mammootty has three to his name. Only Mohanlal is tied with Prakash Raj, also having bagged five of these awards over his illustrious career. Coming back to Raj, the polyglot has won each of his National Awards across five categories — Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Film, Special Jury Award and Special Mention. Check them out below:
List of National Awards won by Prakash Raj:
Iruvar (Tamil) – 1997 – Best Supporting Actor
Anthapuram (Telugu) – 1998 – Special Mention
Special Jury Award – 2002 – Various movies across multiple languages
Kanchivaram (Tamil) – 2007 – Best Actor
Puttakkana Highway (Kannada) – 2010 – Best Film (Producer)
Each of Raj’s National Award wins have been richly deserved given the effortless ease with which he can slip into any character in any genre and make it all his own, and we have no doubt that this brilliant actor has plenty more to offer. Happy birthday, Prakash Raj. Stay healthy, stay happy, have a long life and do keep entertaining us. And, you guys, stay tuned to BollywoodLife for all the latest scoops and updates.