The 65th National Film Awards Ceremony: A Celebration of Talent and Celebrities.

The 65th National Film Awards Ceremony: A Celebration of Talent and Celebrities.

The list is an elaborate and interesting one. Have a look at it!

Best Feature Film: Village Rockstars (Assamese)
Best Actress: Sridevi for MOM
Best Actor: Ridhhi Sen for Nagar Kirtan
Best Director: Jayaraj for Bhayanakam
Best Supporting Actress: Divya Dutta for Irada
Best Supporting Actor: Fahad Fazil for Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum
Best Child Artiste: Bhanita Das for Village Rockstars
Best Popular Film: Baahubali: The Conclusion
Dada Saheb Phalke Award: Vinod Khanna
Best Action Direction: Baahubali 2
Best Choreography: Toilet: Ek Prem Katha (song: Gori Tu Latth Maar)
Best Special Effects: Baahubali: The Conclusion
Special Jury Award: Nagar Kirtan(Bengali)
Best Debut Film Of A Director: Sinjar(Jesari)
Best Short Film Fiction:vMaiyat
Best Film On Family Values: Happy Birthday
Best Film for National Integration: Dhappa
Best Educational Film: The Girls We Were And The Women We Are
Best Anthropological Film: Name Place Animal Thing, Slave Genesis
Best Cinematography: Eye Test, Don
Best Adventure Film: Ladakh Chale Rickshaw Waale
Best Editing: Mrityubhoj
Best Music: Sword Of Liberty
Best Narration: The Lion Of Ladhakh
Best Book On Cinema: Matamgi Manipur
Best Critic On Cinema Award: Giridhar Jha, Special Mention to Sunil Mishra
Best Lyrics: March 22 (song: Mutthu Ratna)
Best Music Director: A R Rahman for Kaatru Veliyidai
Best Background Score: A R Rahman for MOM
Best Make-Up Artiste: Ram Razak for Nagar Kirtan
Best Costume: Govinda Mondal for Nagar Kirtan
Best Production Design: Santosh Rajan for Take Off
Best Editing: Village Rockstars
Best Sound Designer and Re-Recordist: Samuel George, Justin A Jose for Walking With The Film
Best On Location Sound Recordist: Unreserved
Best Location Sound: Mallika Das for Village Rockstars
Best Original Screenplay: Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum
Best Adapted Screenplay: Bhayankam
Best Playback Singer (Female): Shasha Tirupati for Vaan Varuvaan) from Kaatru Veliyidai
Best Playback Singer (Male): Yesudas for Poyi Maranja Kaalam from Viswasapoorvam Mansoor

Special Mention Awards:

Maurkhiya (Marathi)
Hello Arsi (Odiya)
Parvathy for Take Off (Malyalam)
Pankaj Tripathy for Newton

Best Regional Films Awards:
Best Hindi Film: Newton
Best Bengali Film: Mayurakshi
Best Ladakhi Film: Walking With The Wind
Best Tullu Film: Paddayi
Best Odiya Film: Hello Arsi
Best Marathi Film: Kaccha Nimbu
Best Malyalam Film: Thondimuthalum Driksakshiuam
Best Kannada Film: Hebbetu Ramakka
Best Jesari Film: Sinjar
Best Assamese Film: Ishu
Best Tamil Film: To Let
Best Telugu Film: Ghazi
Best Gujarati Film: DHH

Amidst all protestations, the 65th National Film Awards Ceremony was held on Thursday, in Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. About 70 award winners boycotted the event as the President Mr. Ram Nath Kovind was not ready to award all the winners himself (since it is against the protocol for the President to attend any event for more than an hour). He had chosen to award only 11 winners with his own hands.

It was a brilliant evening, lighted up with the glowing stars of Indian cinema. The evening began with Information and Broadcasting Minister, Smriti Irani and Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore giving out the awards for Non-Feature films. After that, the Feature films section awardees were honoured.

As the President graced the event, he gave away 11 awards including the Dadasaheb Phalke Award; the highest honour in Indian cinema, to the legendary actor, Vinod Kumar. His son, Akshaye Khanna along with his wife, Kavita Khanna accepted the honour on behalf of the actor.

Then the other awardees like AR Rahman, Nagraj Manjule and Yesudas among others were honoured. The best actress award was won by Sridevi for her outstanding acting in her film, Mom. Her husband  Boney Kapoor and daughters, Jahnvi and Khushi collected her honour on behalf of the late actress.

The President delivered his speech after that, and congratulated all wholeheartedly –

I congratulate each of the 125 award winners, as well as the countless artistes who have worked on the films that are being recognised today. This is a special moment for all of you.

Sridevi is this year’s winner of the Best Female Actor Award. And Vinod Khanna has been named for the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for his lifetime contribution. We miss them today, and we will miss them forever. When Vinod Khanna and Sridevi passed away, for millions of film lovers, the loss seemed personal. Their fans and followers could be found all over the country, in every state and region. This is the beauty of our cinema. Our film industry unites us as few others do.

Films are made in a variety of languages, from Bhojpuri to Tamil, Marathi to Malayalam. And yet, cinema is a language in itself. Hindi cinema has probably done more than any other institution to popularise Hindi as a language across the country. One doesn’t have to be a Bengali to appreciate the humanism and the nuance of a Satyajit Ray or a Ritwik Ghatak. You need not know Telugu to be mesmerised by the epic of Baahubali. And let us not forget that AR Rahman who has won the National Award again – made an early impression even among those who did not understand the Tamil words of the songs, but were nevertheless enchanted by his music .

Cinema is culture and cinema is also commerce. The Indian film industry is among the largest in the world, with about 1,500 films a year. It is an expression of Indian soft power and has a transcontinental footprint. I am told that Indian film industry employs 2,00,000 people directly and many more indirectly. Thanks to a healthy rise in domestic collections, as well as overseas releases and satellite rights, the industry grew 27% in 2017. These are very impressive numbers.

We are living in an exciting and transformational times for cinema. Technology has changed the way films are made as well as the way they are consumed. With the advent of low-cost data and smartphones and tablets, there is a clear shift in viewership patterns. India is gaining traction as a film-making destination. The success of several India-based films has attracted many international studios. We need to build on this process and create jobs and opportunities for our creative and talented young people. The Government has taken various initiatives to promote India as a global filmmaking hub. A new category of visas for foreign filmmakers has been created. The Film Facilitation Office has been opened to spur filmmaking by international production houses.

May you and may our film industry go from strength to strength. To borrow a line from a film that some of you may remember, “Picture abhi baaki hai!” – the best is ahead of us.”

After he wrapped up his speech, Smriti Irani took over and congratulated the winners again, thus marking the end of a divine and ethereal evening.

There are some strong trends appearing in the Indian cinema, which are shattering stereotypes. The evolution of regional cinema is one of the biggest trends. The beauty, lucidity and unconventional simplicity of regional films has taken the world by surprise. We, in India, too are awed by the dexterous strokes of regional cinema deftly woven webs of complexities in the simplest of lives and the picture of the new India which it is painting.

Kudos to 65 years of Indian Cinema, and for greater years to come!

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