Lagey Raho Munnabhai , the Sanjay Dutt starrer, which brought forth the concept of Gandhigiri by invoking the values of Mahatma Gandhi, bagged 4 awards, including best popular film, in the 54th National Film Awards for 2006.
Announcing the winners, the chairman of the jury for feature films, Budhhadeb Dasgupta said in New Delhi that Lagey Raho Munnabhai won awards for best lyrics, Swanand Kirkire,
best screenplay ,Rajkumar Hirani, Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Abhijat Joshi, and best supporting actor Dilip Prabhavalkar, who portrayed Mahatma Gandhi in the film.
Incidentally Prabhavalkar also won the award for best supporting actor award for Marathi film Shevri.
Veteran Bengali film actor Soumitra Chatterjee won the best actor award for the Bengali film Podokkhep , while Tamil actress Priyamani won the best actress award for the film Paruthi Veeran .
Madhur Bhandarkar won the best director award for his film Traffic Signal, while Khosla Ka Ghosla won the award for the best Hindi film.
Malayalam film Pulijanmam directed by Priyanandanan, won the honours for the best feature film.
Kabul Express directed by Kabir Khan shared the honours with Madhu Kaithapuram’s Malayalam film Ekantham , for the Indira Gandhi award for the best first film of a director.
Tollywood got Three awards. Kamli ,directed by K.N.T. Sastry received the best Telugu film award.
Hope produced by D Ramanaidu won the best social film award, while Kittu received the best animation film award.