20 Indian Actors Who Have Won the Most Number of National Awards

If there is one movie award that holds some prestige in India, it has to be the National Awards. While, every now and then — most recently this year itself — there are controversies surrounding it, over all they at least have a process in place. On the other hand, awards like Filmfare or IIFA are solely driven by commerce. Whoever can sell more number of magazines or pull most number of sponsors are awarded the trophy. So, let’s not even talk about their authenticity. As far as National Awards go, the issue they face is the body that selects the winner is very small in size and comprises of only a handful of members (that keeps changing very year). So, it is highly likely that one or two members can sabotage the whole committee itself. It has happened in the past, and it will continue happening in the past till the time the size of the committee is increased so as to include artists from all the fields of movie-making and from all the regions of the country.

Anyway, with no solution in near sight, let’s celebrate whatever little good National Awards has bestowed upon us. Today, we will look into the 20 actors who have the most number of National awards. Two key things to note here:

  • Lead and Supporting Acting categories have been considered
  • Both Male and Female actors have been considered for the list
  • Non-Acting wins have NOT been considered. Special Jury Award also have not been considered


Pankaj Kapur – 2

Raakh (1988)
Maqbool (2003)


Atul Kulkarni – 2

Hey Ram (1999)
Chandini Bar (2001)


Surekha Sikri – 2

Tamas (1987)
Mammo (1994)


K. P. A. C. Lalitha – 2

Amaram (1990)
Shantham (2000)


Sanjeev Kumar – 2

Dastak (1970)
Koshish (1972)


Om Puri – 2

Arohan (1981)
Ardh Satya (1983)


Mohanlal – 2

Bharatham (1991)
Vanaprastham (1999)


Ajay Devgn – 2

Zakhm (1998)
The Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002)


Smita Patil – 2

Bhumika (1977)
Chakra (1980)


Archana – 2

Veedu (1987)
Daasi (1988)


Shobana – 2

Manichitrathazhu (1993)
Mitr, My Friend (2001)