Awards & Winners

National Film Award for Best Actress

National Film Awards

The National Film Award for Best Actress is an honour presented annually at the National Film Awards of India since 1968 to an actress for the best performance in a leading role within the Indian film industry. The National Film Awards were called the "State Awards for Films" when established in 1954. The State Awards instituted the "Best Actress" category in 1968 as the "Urvashi Award for the Best Actress"; in 1975, the "Urvashi Award" was renamed as the "Rajat Kamal Award for the Best Actress". Throughout the years, accounting for ties and repeat winners, the Government of India has presented a total of 49 Best Actress awards to 39 different actresses. Until 1974, winners of the National Film Award received a figurine and certificate; since 1975, they have been awarded with a "Rajat Kamal", certificate and a cash prize that amounted to 50,000 in 2012. Although the Indian film industry produces films in more than 20 languages and dialects, the actresses whose performances have won awards have worked in ten major languages: Assamese, Bengali, English, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu.
Date Established : 1968

Check all the winners of National Film Award for Best Actress presented under National Film Awards since 1967 .

Geetanjali Thapa

Honored for : Liar's Dice

Usha Jadhav

Honored for : Dhag

Vidya Balan

Honored for : The Dirty Picture
(Role: Reshma (Silk))

Mitalee Jagtap Varadkar

Honored for : Baboo Band Baaja
(Role: Shirmi)

Saranya Ponvannan

Honored for : Thenmerku Paruvakaatru
(Role: Veerayi)

Ananya Chatterjee

Honored for : The Eternal
(Role: Shikha)

Priyanka Chopra

Honored for : Fashion
(Role: Meghna Mathur)


Honored for : Gulabi Talkies


Honored for : Paruthiveeran

Sarika Thakur

Honored for : Parzania


Honored for : Hasina

Meera Jasmine

Honored for : Paadam Onnu: Oru Vilapam

Konkona Sen Sharma

Honored for : Mr. and Mrs. Iyer


Honored for : Mitr, My Friend


Honored for : Chandni Bar

Indrani Haldar, Rituparna Sengupta

Honored for : Crossfire


Honored for : Maachis

Seema Biswas

Honored for : Bandit Queen
(Role: Phoolan Devi)

Debashree Roy

Honored for : Unishe April
(Role: Aditi)


Honored for : Daasi


Honored for : Veedu


Honored for : Umrao Jaan

Smita Patil

Honored for : Bhumika: The Role


Honored for : Sila Nerangalil Sila Manithargal

Sharmila Tagore

Honored for : Mausam

Madhabi Mukherjee

Honored for : Dibratrir Kabya


Honored for : Thulabharam
(Role: Vijaya)


Honored for : Raat Aur Din
(Role: Varuna/Peggy)