The famous National Award finally went to Suriya on Friday as the actor bagged the Best Actor award for Soorarai Pottru. Suriya's award for the film was one of the five awards the film won, making it a proud moment for the entire state of Tamil Nadu.

Here is what Suriya had to say in his thank you letter.
“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), GVPrakash (Background score), Sudha Kongara & 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.

I extend my gratitude to Director Vasanth Sai & Filmmaker-Producer Maniratnam who placed their faith in my acting abilities and gave me my first film, Nerukku Ner. My heartiest congratulations to my fellow Best Actor winner Ajay Devgn and other National award winners from Tamilnadu, Filmmaker Vasanth Sai, Editor Sreekar Prasad, Actor Lakshmi Priya Chandramouli, Filmmaker Madonne Ashwin and other award-winners from other States of our country, for the year 2020, in this 68th National Film awards.

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.”