The winners of the 67th National Film Awards are announced in New Delhi on March 22. The ceremony was scheduled to take place in May 2020 but got postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Manoj Bajpayee and Dhanush shared the Best Actor award while Kangana Ranaut was honoured with the Best Actress award. Nitesh Tiwari's Chhichhore received the Best Film award. Hours after the winners were announced, Dhanush issued a statement on social media. The actor, who won an award for Asuran, thanked the film's director, Vetri Maaran, for giving him the role of Sivasami.
"I woke up to this amazing news of being honoured with the prestigious national award for ASURAN. To win one best actor award is a dream, to win two is nothing short of a blessing. I never imagined I would come this far. There are a lot of people to thank, but just gonna state a few. As always I thank my mother and father, my guru, my brother first. I thank Vetri Maaran for giving me 'Sivasami.' Vetri, never thought when I met you at Balu Mahendra sir's office that you would become a friend, companion and a brother. I am so proud of the four films we have worked together and the two films we have produced together. I am very glad you chose to believe in me so much and I chose to believe in you. Now can't wait to hear what you have written for me next. A big hug," Dhanush wrote.
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— Dhanush (@dhanushkraja) March 23, 2021
He further added, "I sincerely thank the National Award jury for this award. I thank my producer Thanu sir for all the support. I thank my entire ASURAN team especially my family, my dear Pachaiyamma Manju, my Chidambaram Ken and my Murugan Teejay. Thank you GV for 'Vaa Asura.' The blood bath song."