Suriya has bagged his maiden National Film Award for Best Actor for his outstanding performance as Maara in Soorarai Pottru and the official announcement regarding the same was made yesterday (July 22) much to the delight of fans. Ever since the announcement was made, the entire social media has been abuzz about it and Suriya has been receiving wishes from across the globe and several superstar heroes have also extended their heartfelt wishes. That being said, Suriya has issued an official statement expressing his thanks and gratitude to all of them for the wishes.

Suriya also thanked the other National Film Award winners from Tamil cinema including Madonne Ashwin, Lakshmi Priyaa Chandramouli, Sreekar Prasad. Suriya's official statement read, "Vanakkam! My heartfelt thanks for all the love & Good wishes that has reached us & enriched our lives so far... We are ecstatic with the Five National awards for Soorarai Pottru. The overwhelming reception for our film which was released directly on OTT during a pandemic, has made our eyes well up in joy. Our happiness is doubled at this National recognition for Soorarai Pottru, as it is a testimony of Sudha Kongara's many years of hard work & creative vision of Captain Gopinath's story. My heartfelt congratulations for the National Award winners of our film - Aparna Balamurali (Best Actress), GV Prakash (Background Score), Sudha Kongara and Shalini Usha Nair (Best Screenplay).

My sincere appreciation and gratitude to all the talents who stood by us during the making of this good film. The Best Film award is a great recognition for team 2D and I thank them along with my best friend & CEO Rajsekar Karpoorasundarapandian. My special thanks to my Jyotika, who insisted I should produce & act in Soorarai Pottru. My love and Thank You to all those who have encouraged my efforts so far and to my Amma & Appa, Karthi & Brinda, who have supported me always. I dedicate this award to my kids Diya and Dev and to my loving family. I share this joyous moment with all my brothers and sisters who are out there, who have shown me immense love and acceptance right through my career. My heartfelt thanks to you all my #anbaanafans.

The National Award gives me the motivation to work harder and walk my talk... and give you all good films, now & always. My sincere thanks to the Government of India and the National Awards jury for this high recognition of our work. I once again thank each and everyone of you for your love & good wishes".

Soorarai Pottru bagged a total of 5 awards at the 68th National Film Awards - Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Screenplay, Best Music (Background Score), and Best Feature Film.

மனமார்ந்த நன்றி!
Overwhelmed!! #SooraraiPottru

— Suriya Sivakumar (@Suriya_offl) July 22, 2022