National Film Awards: Sridevi awarded best actress, Newton best film
The 65th National Awards were announced on Friday, at PIB Conference Room, Shastri Bhawan in New Delhi. The ceremony will be held on May 3 with the President handing over awards to the winners. Late actress Sridevi was bestowed with the 'Best actress award' for 'Mom'. Rajkummar Rao starrer Newton won the best 'Hindi feature film' award, and actor Pankaj Tripathi got a special mention.
Pankaj Tripathi said, "I had no idea I was even in the running. It feels amazing to know that the whole country thought my role in Newton was one of my best and to win the Special Mention Award is just exhilarating."
'Baahubali 2: The Conclusion' got 'Best Popular Movie' providing wholesome entertainment. 'Mhorkya' helmed by Amar Bharat Deokar won 'Best Children's Film' award. Vinod Khanna won the Dadasaheb Phalke Award. Bengali movie 'Nagarkirtan' star Riddhi Sen won the 'Best Actor (male)' for his terrific performance. Jayaraj got 'Best Director' award for Malayalam film 'Bhayanakam'; KJ Yesudas won 'Best Playback Singer' for 'Poy Maranja Kalam' in 'Viswasapoorvam Mansoor.'
Music maestro AR Rahman was given two awards; one for 'Best Music' in 'Kaatru Veliyidai', and another for 'Best Background Score' in Sridevi starrer 'Mom'. SS Rajamouli's magnum opus 'Baahubali: The Conclusion' received 'Best Action Direction' award and 'Best Special Effects' award. Further, actress Parvathy got special mention for her brilliant performance in 'Take Off', and Santhosh Raman bagged 'Best Production Design' award.
'Walking With The Wind', a Ladakhi film received the award for 'Best Sound Design'. Singer Shashaa Tirupati got 'Best Female Playback Singer' award for 'Kaatru Veliyidai', and Divya Dutta won the 'Best Supporting Actress' award for 'Iraada'. Malayalam film 'Bhayanakam' won 'Best Adapted Screenplay.' Prahlad got 'Best Lyricist' award for 'March 22' song Muthu Ratnada Pyate. Ganesh Acharya got the 'Best Choreography' award for 'Gori Tu Latth Maar'.
Assamese film 'Village Rockstars' won the 'Best Movie' award. 'Best Supporting Male Actor' award was given to Fahad Fazil for 'Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum'. 'Nargis Dutt Award for Best Film on National Integration' went to Marathi film 'Dhappa'. 'Indira Gandhi Award For Best Debut Film of a Director' was given to director Pampally for 'Sinjar'.