NATIONAL Film Awards: VINDOD Khanna Gets Dadasaheb Phalke Award, Sridevi Recognised Best Actress, Newton Best Hindi Film

The Jury headed by Lahore born Shekhar Kapur, actor-director-producer, has recognised talent cum diversity in regional films produced in India while declaring prestigious 65th National Film Awards.  The awards will be given away at a function by President Ramnath Kovind on May 3 in New Delhi. The jury has also announced the best films in other Indian languages and achievements in various branches of film making besides recognising the contribution made by the mainstream of cinema. Bengali cinema has bagged several awards in many years, with young actor Riddhi Sen winning the coveted Best Actor National Award for his turn in the transgender love story Nagar Kirtan (PIC above) directed by Bengal’s festival darling Kaushik Ganguly. The coveted trophy comes to Bengal after 12 years since Soumitra Chatterjee won it for Podokkhep back in 2006. The award for the Best Bengali Film of the year has gone to  Atanu Ghosh’s Mayurakshi.

Popular Bollywood stars Vinod Khanna and Sridevi are being honoured posthumously with the Dadasaheb Phalke and Best Actress awards respectively. Shekhar Kapur said the actor was the most deserving candidate. Sridevi whose filmography spanned over 50 years appearing  in 300 films in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi films .She is  recognised for her role of an angry mother seeking justice for her wronged daughter in Mom . Khanna, one of the biggest stars of Hindi films in ‘70s and ‘80s, became the 49th recipient of Dadasaheb Phalke award, the only second actor to be named for the honour posthumously after Prithviraj Kapoor. Malayalam cinema has won several awards, including Best Director and Best Supporting actor. Director Jayaraj’s Bhayanakam won the Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Cinematography.Jayaraj himself won the Best Director award for the same film. Hindi film star Divya Dutta was named Best Supporting Actress for her role in Irada which has also adjudged the award for the best film on environmental conservation/preservation. Mainstream blockbuster Baahubali: The Conclusion won national award for best popular film providing wholesome entertainment, besides being named for special effects and action direction. Ganesh Acharya won the choreography award for the Hindi film Toilet: Ek Prem Katha.Oscar-winning music composer A.R. Rahman swept the best music direction category by winning Best Song for Kaatru Veliyidai and Best Background Music for the Hindi film Mom.Hindi film Newton, a dark comedy on Indian democracy, was named the Best Hindi Film and a special mention went to its actor Pankaj Tripathi for his portrayal of a cynical CRPF officer Atma Singh.The  jury panel comprises 10 members. They are screenwriter Imtiaz Hussain, lyricist Mehboob, South Indian actress Gautami Tadimalla, Kannada director P Sheshadri, Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, Ranjit Das, Rajesh Mapuskar, Tripurari Sharma and Rumi Jaffrey.The best Films in regional languages are : Assamese film Village Rockstars.Best Direction: Jayaraj, Bhayanakam.Best Actor (Male): Riddhi Sen, Nagarkirtan.Best Actor (Female): Sridevi, MOM.Best Supporting Actor (Male): Fahad Fazil, Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum.Best Supporting Actor (Female): Divya Dutta, Irada.Best Original Screenplay: Sajeev Pazhoor, Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum.Best Adapted Screenplay: Jayaraj, Bhayanakam.Best Hindi Film: Newton.Best Malayalam film: Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum.Best Marathi film: Kaccha Limbu.Best Kannada film: Hebbettu Ramakka.Best Oriya film: Hello Aarsi.Best Jasari film: Sinjar.Best Ladkhi film: Walking With The Wind.Best Tulu film: Paddayi. Best Bengali Film: Mayurakshi.Best Telugu film: Ghazi.Best Assamese Film: Ishu.Best Tamil film: To Let.Best Gujarati Film: DHH.Nargis Dutt Award for Best Film on National Integration: Dhappa.Best Popular Film providing wholesome entertainment: Baahubali: The Conclusion.Best Non-Feature Film: Water Baby.Best Educational Film: The Girls We Were and The Women We Are.Best Animation Film: The Fish Curry and Tokri: The Basket.Best Film on Art and Culture: Girija: A life of music.Best Film on Social Issues: I am Bonnie and Veil Done.Best Short Film (Fiction): Mayyat.Best Music Direction: A R Rahman, Kaatru Veliyidai.Best Background Score: A R Rahman, MOM.Best Male Playback Singer: K J Yesudas, “Poy Maranja Kalam” in Viswasapoorvam Mansoor.Best Female Playback Singer: Shashaa Tirupati, “Vaan” in Kaatru Veliyidai.Best Lyrics: Prahlad, Muthu Ratnada Pyate.Best Audiography: Avinash Sonawane, Pavasacha NibandhaBest Cinematography: Nikhil S Praveen, hayanakam.Special Jury Award: A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings.Special Mention Awards: Marathi film Morkiya, Oriya film Hella Aarsi and Malayalam film Take Off. Best Action Direction: S. S. Rajamouli’s Baahubali: The Conclusion.Best Choreography:  Ganesh Acharya, Toilet Ek Prem Katha’s song “Gori Tu Latth Maar”.Best Special Effects: Baahubali: The Conclusion.Best Makeup artist: Ram Rajjak, Nagarkirtan.Best Production Design: Santhosh Raman, Take Off.Best Sound Design and Best Recordist: Walking with the Wind.

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