This past week India’s most prestigious film awards, the 65th National Film awards were announced with Sridevi winning for MOM and AR Rahman emerged as the biggest winner. The jury was headed by renowned filmmaker Shekhar Kapur of the 10 member panel which comprised the likes of Kannada director P. Sheshadri, screenwriter Imtiaz Hussain, actress Gautami Tadimalla and lyricist Mehboob, Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury among others to recognize Indian cinema in all languages. Sridevi was posthumously awarded the Best Actress for her performance in MOM, while Late Vinod Khanna was conferred with Dada Saheb Phalke Award. AR Rahman bagged two National Awards for Best Music Direction (Songs) for KAATRU VELIYIDAI (Tamil) and Best Music Direction (Background Score) for MOM. There are in total six National Award’s AR Rahman has won so far in his illustrious career. NEWTON India’s official entry to Oscar last year received the award for Best Hindi feature film, while Pankaj Tripathi receives a special mention award for his performance in NEWTON along with him; Parvathy who made her debut in Bollywood last year with QARIB QARIB SINGLLE received the special mention award for the Malayalam film TAKE OFF. Also Divya Dutta won Best Supporting actress for IRADA, while Ganesh Acharya won Best Choreography award for the song Gori Tu Lath Maar from the movie TOILET: EK PREM KATHA. The award for best popular film providing wholesome entertainment and Best special effects was won by SS Rajamouli for his magnum opus BAAHUBALI- THE CONCLUSION.

Besides this, the film also won award for Best Action Direction. The award for Best Actor went to Riddhi Sen for NAGARKIRTAN (Bengali Film) and the award for Best Feature Film was received by VILLAGE ROCKSTARS (Assamese), while Jayaraj for BHAYANAKAM (Malayalam) receives Best Director Award. Other than this various awards were won by films and artists in different categories .The National Film Awards will be presented by President Ram Nath Kovind on May 3rd 2018. In her illustrious career, the late Sridevi won many an awards but National Award is something that eluded her. Her untimely death robbed us of one of our all-time greats but it has also given her fans a reason to relive her memories and finally, the National Awards to make up for many lost opportunities. Same is the case with Late Vinod Khanna being awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke award. It was something really classy that the government did and we only hope that in the future they award the people sooner so no one is simply awarded posthumously! Trade Magazine