1. Most National Film Award to One Person
He has won twenty-six National Awards for Best Producer, Director, Screenplay, and Music. He is undoubtedly the most admirable figure in Indian cinema who also won Academy Award for his unforgettable contribution to cinema.
National Film Awards
Satyajit Ray (6)
Satyajit Ray received six national awards for Best Director for Chiriyakhana (1967), Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne (1968), Pratidwandi (1970), Sonar Kella (1974), Jana Aranya (1975) and Agantuk (1991).
National Film Awards for Best Direction was awarded to Adoor Gopalakrishnan for five times in 1973 for Swayamvaram, 1985 for Mukhamukham, 1988 for Anantharam, 1990 for Mathilukal and 2008 for Naalu Pennungal.
3. Most National Film Award (Best Actress)
Shabana Azmi received the national award for best actress in 1975 for her acting in Ankur, 1983 for Arth, 1984 for Khandhar, 1985 for Paar, and in 1999 for Godmother.
Sharada received national Award for Best Actress for her acting in Thulabharam (1968), Swayamvaram(1973), and Nimajjanam(1979).
4. Most National Award (Best Actor)
Kamal Hassan received National Award for Best Actor in Moondram Pirai (1982), Nayakan (1987), Indian (1996), and as a child artist for
Amitabh Bachan got four national awards for best actor in Agneepath (1991), Black (2007), Paa (2010), and Piku (2016).
5. Most National Award (Best Writing)
M.T. Vasudevan Nair(4)
M.T.Vasudevan received the National Award for Best Screenplay in Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha, Kadavu, Sadayam, and Parinayam.
6. Most National Film Award (Best Music)
Most National Film Award for Best Music was awarded to Ilayaraja for five times in Saagara Sangamam,
, Pazhassi Raja, Rudra Veena, and Tharai Thappattai.
A. R. Rahman (4)
A.R. Rehman received the National Award for Best Music for his composition in Minsara Kanavu, Roja, Kannathil Muthamittal, and Lagaan.
7. Most National Award (Best Singer)
Male Playback Singer
K. J. Yesudas (7)
K.J. Yesudas received seven National Awards for Best Singer in Male Playback Singer category for Sopanam (1994), Bharatham (1992), Meghasandesham (1983), Chitchor (1976), Gayathri (1974), Achanum Bappayum (1973), and Unnikale Uru Kadha (1988).
S. P. Balasubrahmanyam (6)
S.P. Balasubrahmanyam received six National Awards for Best Singer. He was awarded for Om Kaara Nadhaanu, Tere Mere Beech Mein, Vedam Anuvanuvuna, Cheppaalani Undi, Umandu Ghumandu Ghana Gar Je Badara, and Thanga Thamarai.
Female Playback Singer
K. S. Chithra (6)
K.S. Chithra received six National Awards for Best Singer in the female category for Ovvoru Pookalume, Mana Madurai, Payalein Chun Chun, Indupushpam Choodi Nilkum Raathri, Manjal Prasadavum, and Padariyen Padippariyen.
P. Susheela (5)
P. Susheela received five National Awards for Best Singer in the female category for Paal Polave Vaan Meedhile, Chittuk Kuruvikkenna Kattuppaadu, Jhummandi Naadham Sayyandi Paadam, Priye Charusele, and Yentha Beeda Vaade Gopaludu Venugopaludu.
8. Most National Award (Best Cinematographer)
Santosh Sivan received most National Award for best cinematography for four times. The films include Perumthachan, Kalapani, Iruvar, Dil Se. 9. Most National Award (Best Editing)
Sreekar Prasad received the National Award for Best Editing for maximum seven times. The movies include Raak, Rag Birag,
, Vaanaprastham, Kannathil Muthamittal, Firaaq, and a non feature film Nauka Karitramu .
10. Most National Film Award (Best Lyrics)
Vairamuthu received the National Award for Best Lyrics for the record six times. He got this for the songs
Chinna Chinna Aasai
, Poraale Ponnuthaayi, Uyirum Neeye, Mudhal Murai Killiparthein, all songs from Kannathil Muthamittal, and Kallikkaattil Pirandha Thaayee.
Javed Akhtar also received the National Film Award in the same category for penning down best lyrics five times. The fims are Saaz, Border, Refugee, Lagaan, and Godmother.