National Award Best Actor: 1968 – 2016

Akshay Kumar has become only the 16th Hindi film actor to win the National Award.Only 23 performances in Hindi films have won the National Award for Best Actor. Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan has won the most number of awards for his performance in films like Agneepath, Black, Paa and Piku.

Sanjeev Kumar, Om Puri, Naseeruddin Shah and Ajay Devgn are the only actors to win 2 awards each.

The iconic trio of Aamir Khan, Shahrukh Khanand Salman Khan have never won a National Award. Shah Rukh was the leading contender in 2003, but his performance in Swades was overlooked and Saif Ali Khans performance in Hum Tum was declared the winner.

Hrithik Roshan too was expected to win the National Award for his incredible act in Koi Mil Gaya, but Tamil actor Vikram won the award that year for his film Pithamagan.

Check out the full list of Hindi film performance that have won the National Award for Best Actor:

1968Ashok KumarAashirwad
1969Utpal DuttBhuvan Shome
1970Sanjeev KumarDastak
1972Sanjeev KumarKoshish
1974Sadhu MeherAnkur
1976Mithun ChakrabortyMrigayaa
1979Naseeruddin ShahSparsh
1981Om PuriArohan
1983Om PuriArdh Satya
1984Naseeruddin ShahPaar
1985Shashi KapoorNew Delhi Times
1990Amitabh BachchanAgneepath
1994Nana PatekarKrantiveer
1998Ajay DevgnZakhm
2000Anil KapoorPukar
2002Ajay DevgnThe Legend of Bhagat Singh
2004Saif Ali KhanHum Tum
2005Amitabh BachchanBlack
2009Amitabh BachchanPaa
2012Irrfan KhanPaan Singh Tomar
2013Rajkummar RaoShahid
2015Amitabh BachchanPiku
2016Akshay KumarRustom
1967Uttam KumarAntony Firingee, ChiriyakhanaBengali
1968Ashok KumarAashirwadHindi
1969Utpal DuttBhuvan ShomeHindi
1970Sanjeev KumarDastakHindi
1971M. G. RamachandranRickshawkaranTamil
1972Sanjeev KumarKoshishHindi
1973P. J. AntonyNirmalyamMalayalam
1974Sadhu MeherAnkurHindi
1975M. V. Vasudeva RaoChomana DudiKannada
1976Mithun ChakrabortyMrigayaaHindi
1977Bharath GopiKodiyettamMalayalam
1978Arun MukherjeeParasuramBengali
1979Naseeruddin ShahSparshHindi
1980Balan K. NairOppolMalayalam
1981Om PuriArohanHindi
1982Kamal HaasanMoondram PiraiTamil
1983Om PuriArdh SatyaHindi
1984Naseeruddin ShahPaarHindi
1985Shashi KapoorNew Delhi TimesHindi
1986CharuhasanTabarana KatheKannada
1987Kamal HaasanNayaganTamil
1989Mammootty • MathilukalMalayalam
1990Amitabh BachchanAgneepathHindi
1992Mithun ChakrabortyTahader KathaBengali
1993Mammootty • Ponthan MadaMalayalam
1994Nana PatekarKrantiveerHindi
1995Rajit KapurThe Making of the MahatmaEnglish
1996Kamal HaasanIndianTamil
1997Balachandra MenonSamaantharangalMalayalam
1997Suresh GopiKaliyattamMalayalam
1998Ajay DevgnZakhmHindi
1998MammoottyDr. Babasaheb AmbedkarEnglish
2000Anil KapoorPukarHindi
2002Ajay DevgnThe Legend of Bhagat SinghHindi
2004Saif Ali KhanHum TumHindi
2005Amitabh BachchanBlackHindi
2006Soumitra ChatterjeePodokkhepBengali
2007Prakash RajKanchivaramTamil
2008Upendra LimayeJogwaMarathi
2009Amitabh BachchanPaaHindi
2010Salim KumarAdaminte Makan AbuMalayalam
2011Girish KulkarniDeoolMarathi
2012Irrfan KhanPaan Singh TomarHindi
2012Vikram GokhaleAnumatiMarathi
2013Rajkummar RaoShahidHindi
2013Suraj VenjaramooduPerariyathavarMalayalam
2015Amitabh BachchanPikuHindi
2016Akshay KumarRustomHindi


  • As per some trade analysts who just spoke with priyadarshan,akki won national award combinedly for his performances in rustom n airlift both!!don’t know how much authentic this news is..

  • SRK must given national award of best actor for Chak de india in is his best performance of his career till date.

    • National Award Box office se nhi milta. National Award Dene ka jo criteria hai uspar khare utrana jaruri hoti hai.

  • Akshay Kumar has become first Bollywood actor to receive National Award for Best Acting for 2 films. #Airlift #Rustom #NationalFilmAwards

    • Hello
      Amitabh bachchan Have Receive 4 time.
      Kamal Hasan 3 time
      Sanjiv kumar
      Om puri
      Nassuriddin sah and
      Ajay devgan have received twice

    • Hello
      Amitabh bachchan Have Receive 4 time.
      Kamal Hasan 3 time
      Sanjiv kumar
      Om puri
      Nassuriddin sah and
      Ajay devgan have received twice.

  • I don’t say Akshay don’t deserved National award but not for Rustom. National award become butt of joke.

  • Fake patriotic…. He show fake patriotism for the sake of his films and to earn money by fooling us by showing his fake patriotism towards our country….

    He know that showing patriotism can make fool to Billions of indian… hence he do movies containing forced patriotism like Rustom n JollyLLB…

    Before his fake patriotism he was a flop kumar and now he is giving hits on hits only coz of fake patriotism….

    I don’t know what they (many zealot Indian) would have said to Aamir, Salman & SRK of they had Pakistani or Canadian Citizenship. May be terrorist or Traitor for not having Indian citizenship LMAO… but they called akki Real indian and most patriotic LMFAO.

  • Congrats Akshay sir. But what the hell..? . Saif ali khan for hum-tum..?. I think saif ali khan is one of the worst actor i ever seen. That too for film like humtum is waste of the award.

  • Not an aamir fan
    But its ridiculous that his performance in pk and dangal was overlooked
    I just cant see anything speacial in rustoms performance !!
    Akki was better in airlift !
    But still SRK in MNIK and FAN was better than everyone !

  • Akshya Kumar got reward for his bhakti towards Bjp govt.. National award losing its credibility.. Fake Award..

    Many great performances like Laagan, Swadesh, CDI, Daangal are ignored..

  • I dont consider my self as a film critics or dont have much knowledge about acting..but can guarantee say that SRK in swades was way more betr dn saif in hum tum or srk and amir were more desrving this year as can some one overlooked performances in film like CDI, LAGAN,RDB , GUZARISH KOI MIL GAYA AND wven mnik…so its confirmed khan trio will never get national award ..but real love is from croud and they are getting that.

  • For Your information Swades and Hum Tum released in 2004 not 2003.

    I my personal fav is Aamir Khan for Dangal, he made me cry when I saw him in the song Naina. Acted so natural as a heartbroken father.

  • Akshay in Rustom was amazing, one of the best but not the best in 2016 but on the other hand I feel is getting a National Award? is not a joke like Filmfare. It’s a complete internal process and lot of ppl are involved in the decision. So, as some as claiming, just because Priyadarshan was involved in the process doesn’t mean, everyone else in the jury were fools or dogs under his control that they gave away this prestigious award to Akshay without any second thought. Whatever decision has been taken should be respected.

  • 2017 and 2018 is gonna be tge golden period of akshay kumar. . And will be able to prove his sheer actung talent.. with his upcoming movies.. robot 2 toilet ek prem katha, mogul gold and padman.. and also national award as bonus

  • This is a big joke .. Aamir deserved this award more than anyone else.

    Grow up guys do not make fun of Indian cinema….

    Salman deserved for bajarangi and Aamir this year for Dangal…

    The fake people sitting their open your eyes.

  • Akki won national award burnol moment for anti nationals, adarsh liberals, award waspsi gags and peace fools…

  • Awesome article….
    2 decades of hardwork has paid off now..
    Proud to Be his Fan……

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