Regional cinema dominated the award function, while Bollywood maintained a low key this year.
Top honours, including best feature film, best direction and best actor titles, were bagged by regional talents, while Bollywood's bold and beautiful Vidya Balan kept the Hindi film industry in the reckoning by receiving the best actress trophy for "The Dirty Picture".
Vidya came on the dais in a rose pink-coloured sari with her hair neatly tied in a bun to receive the award.
Image: Vice-President Hamid Ansari gives the Best Lead Actress Award to Vidya Balan at the 59th National Film Awards 2011 function in New Delhi on Thursday, 3 May 2012
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