The actress in the leading role for the film gets the National Film Award for Best Actress. Originally, it was known as the Rajat Kamal Award for the Best Actress. However, in 1968, the State Awards for the film started this award, and then it was known as Urvashi Award for the Best Actress. Then, in 1975, its name was changed to Rajat Kamal Award for the Best Actress. 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.
received the first Award for her Bollywood film, Raat Aur Din, in 1968. Here’s a list of the latest 10 Actress who have received this award:
Kangana Ranaut received the National Award for Best Actress at the National Film Festival in 2015. She was awarded this prize for her role in the movie,
Tanu Weds Manu
Returns. Here, she played a double role, one of Tanuja Trivedi and other of Kusum Sangwan. It’s the squealing part of Tanu Weds Manu.
2. Kangana Ranaut
Kangana Ranaut also received the National Award for Best Actress at the National Film Festival in 2014. For the movie Queen, she was awarded the National Award. She played the character of simple Punjabi girl, Rani Mehra, who goes on her honeymoon to Paris and Amsterdam all by herself.
At the 2013 National Film Festival Awards, the award for Best Actress was given to Geetanjali Thapa for her performance in the movie, Liar’s Dice. The film deals with people facing problems after shifting to cities. In the film, the issue of exploitation of laborers is also raised.
Indian Marathi Film actress, Usha Jadhav, received the National Award for the Best Actress in leading role for her movie, ‘Dhag’. In the year 2012, at the National Film Festival, she won this award. The story of the film is about a boy who wants to break the chain of the traditional working of the lower caste people.
Vidya Balan was the awardee of the National Film Festival Awards for the best Actress in 2011. She received this award for her performance in the movie,
The Dirty Picture
. Vidya played the role of Reshma (Silk). The film is on the life of a South Indian actress named,
, who was known for her erotic roles.
Tamil movie actress, Saranya Ponvannan, received the National Award for Best Actress for her role in the film,
. She played the role of Veerayi in the film. At the National Film Festival, Saranya was a joint winner of the award along with Marathi movie actress, '
Mitalee Jagtap Varadkar
7. Mitalee Jagtap Varadkar
Marathi movie actress, Mitalee Jagtap Varadkar received the National Award for Best Actress for her role in the film, Baboo Band Baja. She played the role of Shirmi in the film. At the National Film Festival, Mitalee was a joint winner of the award along with Tamil movie actress, Saranya Ponvannan.
Bengali actress Ananya Chatterjee received the National Award for Best Actress at National Film Festival Awards in 2009. She got this award for her role in the movie, ‘Abohoman’ where she played the character of Shikha.
Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra was the recipient of the National Award for Best Actress at the National Film Festival Awards in 2008.
produced and directed this film. The film focuses on Priyanka Chopra as Meghna Mathur, who was from a small town, but turns out to be a supermodel.
At the National Film Festival Awards in 2007, the National Award for Best Actress was given to Kannada movie actress, Umashree for her performance in the film Gulabi Talkies, where Umashree played the role of Gulabi.