Romantic drama from director Revanth Korukonda Natyam won two awards at 68th National Film Awards. While Sandhya Raju won the award for best choreography, TV Rambabu received the award for best makeup artist.
Speaking to CE after the announcements, Sandhya Raju, who also produced and starred in the film, said: “Winning an award like this that previously went to stalwarts like Saroj Khan, Prabhu Dheva, Bosco-Caesar and Pandit Birju Maharaj is a high point in my career, it’s way beyond anything I’ve ever dreamed of, because all I wanted to do was make a movie about our own form of dance, Kuchipudi. It is a certain pride to compete with many good choreographers in Bollywood and other languages and win this award. On this occasion, I remember my dance guru, Padma Bhushan Vempati Chinna Satyam for inspiring me, nurturing my talent and dedicating my life to art. I also thank my director Revanth Korukonda, and my team of dancers for supporting me throughout the production of Natyam. As a producer of Natyam, I also take great pleasure in winning another award in the Best Makeup Artist category and congratulate our TV Makeup Artist Rambabu for winning this honor. I hope this recognition of the Kuchipudi dance form will continue to inspire the nation as well as future generations. I also thank my family for supporting me in all these endeavors.”
Natyam was screened at the 52nd International Film Festival of India in the Indian Panorama section in November 2021. It was released on 22 October 2021.