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65th National Film Awards announcement: Highlights

After the announcement, the award ceremony for the 65th National Film Awards will be held on May 3, 2018.

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Sridevi was declared the Best Actress at the 65th National Film Awards.

The announcement of the 65th National Film Awards was held at PIB Conference Room, Shastri Bhawan in New Delhi. The chairpersons of the three juries (Feature, Non-feature and Writing) for the 65th National Film Awards  announced the awards for the different categories. This year, the jury was headed by director Shekhar Kapur. The jury panel has 10 members which includes 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.

After the announcement, the award ceremony for the 65th National Film Awards will be held on May 3, 2018. The National Film Awards will be presented by President Ram Nath Kovind.

Also read | 65th National Film Awards: Full winners list

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While Riddhi Sen and Sridevi won the Best Actor and Best Actress awards, respectively, Assamese film Village Rockstars was declared the Best Film at the 65th National Awards.

Taapsee Pannu on Ghazi winning the Best Telugu Film Award

Reacting to Ghazi winning the Best Telugu Film award at the 65th National Film Awards, actor Taapsee Pannu said, "I am elated with the news about Ghazi winning the Best Telugu film. This is the third time I have had the opportunity to be a part of a National Award Winning film. Even though I had a special appearance in the film, it was personally a very satisfying part for me as an actor. I’m ecstatic with the news about the film winning the National Award Honour."

Newton director Amit V Masurkar on the big win

After his film being adjudged as the Best Hindi Film, Newton director Amit V Masurkar said, "I want to thank the jury for awarding Newton the National Award for Best (Hindi) Film. I hope this award and the film's commercial success creates a bigger space for relevant political cinema. This wouldn't have been possible without an incredible cast, crew and the love and support from the people of Chhattisgarh where we shot the film."

Pankaj Tripathi on winning Special Mention at the 65th National Film Awards

Pankaj Tripathi, who played the role of a CRPF Officer in Newton has won a Special Mention Award. Expressing his happiness on the big win, the actor said, "I am absolutely delighted. 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 at the highest film award in India is just exhilarating. My director and co-actors made it so easy for me to act in this film."

Best Male Playback Singer

The award goes to K.J Yesudas for his song "Poy Maranja Kalam" in  the movie Viswasapoorvam Mansoor. 

Best Children's Film

The film Mhorkya directed by Amar Bharat Deokar wins the award for Best Children's Film . 

Best Direction

Filmmaker Jayaraj gets the award for his Malayalam film Bhayanakam. 

Best Child Artist

Bhanita Das wins the award for the Assamese film Village Rockstars. 

Indira Gandhi Award For Best Debut Film of a Director

The award goes to director Pampally for the movie Sinjar. 

Best Actor (Male)

Riddhi Sen receives the Best Actor (Male) award for Bengali film Nagarkirtan. 

Best Popular Film providing wholesome entertainment

The award has been given to SS Rajamouli's Baahubali: The Conclusion.

Best Film

The award goes to Assamese film Village Rockstars. 

Nargis Dutt Award for Best Film on National Integration 

Marathi film Dhappa wins the Nargis Dutt Award for Best Film on National Integration 

Dadasaheb Phalke Award

Late actor Vinod Khanna has been awarded the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award. 

Best Actor (Female)

Sridevi gets the Best Actor (Female) award for the movie MOM.

Best Supporting Actor (Female)

Divya Dutta has been awarded the Best Supporting Actor (Female) award for the movie Irada. 

Best Supporting Actor

Actor Fahad Fazil gets the Best Supporting Actor award for the movie Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum. 

Best Female Playback Singer

The award goes to Shashaa Tirupati for her song "Vaan" in the movie Kaatru Veliyidai. 

Best Lyrics

J.M. Prahlad gets the Best Lyrics award for the March 22 song Muthu Ratnada Pyate.  

Best Cinematography

Nikhil S Praveen has won the award for Best Cinematography for the Malayalam film Bhayanakam. 

Best Adapted Screenplay

The Best Adapted Screenplay has been given to Jayaraj for Malayalam film Bhayanakam. 

Best Original Screenplay

The award for the Best Original Screenplay goes to Sajeev Pazhoor for Malayalam film Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum.  

Besi Audiography

The award for the Best Audiography has been given to the Assamese film Village Rockstars. 

Best Sound Design and Best Recordist

The award goes to Ladakhi film Walking with the Wind. 

Best Production Design

The award for the Best Production Design has been given to Santhosh Raman for the Malayalam film Take Off. 

Best Makeup artist

The award has been given to Ram Rajjak for Bengali film Nagarkirtan. 

Best Background Score

A R Rahman gets the Best Background Score award for MOM. 

Best Music Direction

Mani Ratnam's Kaatru Veliyidai receives the award for Best Music Direction. Noted music composer A.R. Rahman has composed the music for the movie. 

Best Special Effects

Prabhas and Rana Daggubati's magnum opus Baahubali: The Conclusion has been given the award for Best Special Effects. 

Best Choreography

The award for the best choreography goes to Ganesh Acharya for Toilet Ek Prem Katha's song  "Gori Tu Latth Maar". 

Best Action Direction

Abbas Ali Moghul has been given the award for Best Action Direction for the movie Baahubali: The Conclusion. 

Best Gujarati Film

DHH is the Best Gujarati Film. 

Best Tamil film

The Best Tamil Film award goes to To-Let. 

Best Assamese Film

The award goes to Ishu. 

Best Telugu film

Ghazi starring Rana Daggubati gets the Best Telugu film award. 

Best Bengali Film

Best Bengali Film award goes to Mayurakshi. 

Shekhar Kapur strongly recommends that Mayurakshi goes to Cannes Film Festival. 

Best Hindi Film

Amit V Masurkar directorial Newton starring Rajkummar Rao and Pankaj Tripathi gets the Best Hindi Film award. 

Best Kannada film

The award goes to Hebbettu Ramakka. 

Best Tulu film

Paddayi is the Best Tulu Film. 

Best Ladakhi film

The award goes to Walking With The Wind. 

Best Malayalam film

The award for Best Malayalam film has been given to Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum. 

The National Film Awards are considered to be the highest honour in Indian cinema. Dadasaheb Phalke Award will also be announced at the same ceremony. Last year, filmmaker Kasinathuni Viswanath was honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award.