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National Film Awards 2018 Highlights: President Ram Nath Kovind honours late actors Sridevi and Vinod Khanna

National Film Awards: The 65th National Awards ceremony was held in New Delhi at Vigyan Bhawan. Read our blog for all the updates about the coveted award ceremony.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 3, 2018 7:13:17 pm
national film awards The 65th National Awards ceremony was held on Thursday. (Photo by APH Images)

The 65th National Awards ceremony was held in New Delhi in the presence of President Ram Nath Kovind, Information & Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Minister of State, Information & Broadcasting and Narendra Kumar Sinha, Secretary, Information & Broadcasting. While late actor Sridevi, who acted in more than 300 films in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi film industry, was conferred with the award in Best Actor (Female) category, Vinod Khanna was posthumously honoured with Dadasaheb Phalke Award.

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This year the jury was headed by filmmaker Shekhar Kapur who is known for films like Mr India, Masoom, Bandit Queen and others. While announcing the name of the winners, the director-producer said, “The standard of performances in some of the regional films is completely stunning. Hindi films cannot compete with them, not in the state they are… And I know why… Our Hindi films try too hard to become everything. These (regional films) are rooted,” the director said while announcing the name of the winners.”

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National Film Awards: 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.

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In case you missed watching the 65th National Film Awards ceremony, you can catch it here

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65th National Film Awards ends

The ceremony concludes with the National Anthem.

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President Ram Nath Kovind's speech at 65th National Films Awards

"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 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 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. Govt 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."

18:13 (IST)03 May 2018
President remembers Sridevi & Vinod Khanna

President Ram Nath Kovind remembers Sridevi and Vinod Khanna in his speech. He mentions films like Mere Apne and Lamhe as their best works.

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President's address begins

President Ram Nath Kovind addresses the gathering after the awards have been distributed.

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Parvathy skips 65th National Awards ceremony

Parvathy, who won the Special Mention Award for Take Off, was not present at the ceremony.

18:04 (IST)03 May 2018
Parvathy skips 65th National Films Awards

Parvathy, who won the Special Mention Award for Take Off, was not present at the ceremony.

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Smriti Irani's address begins

Smriti Irani addresses the gathering after the awards have been distributed.

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Best Film award

Rima Das collects Best Film award for Village Rockstars. The honour is presented by President Ram Nath Kovind. Village Rockstars won four awards this evening.

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Best Director award

Jayaraj collects Best Director award for the Malayalam film Bhayanakam.

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Best Actor award

Riddhi Sen collects his Best Actor award for his performance in the Bengali film Nagarkirtan.

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Best Actress award

Boney Kapoor, Janhvi Kapoor and Khushi Kapoor accept Best Actress award on behalf of late screen icon Sridevi. The award was presented by President Ram Nath Kovind.

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Best Book on Cinema award

Matmagi Manipur: The first Manipuri Feature Film, written by Bobby Wahengbam is awarded the National Film Award for Best Book on Cinema.

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Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration

Sumatilal Popatlal Shah and Nipun Dharmadhikari collect Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration for Dhappa.

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Dadasaheb Phalke Award

Wife Kavita Khanna and son Akshaye Khanna accept Indian cinema's highest honour Dadasaheb Phalke Award on behalf of late actor Vinod Khanna.The award was presented by President Ram Nath Kovind.

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President Ram Nath Kovind arrives

President Ram Nath Kovind has arrived at the 65th National Film Awards ceremony.

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Inside 65th National Film Awards
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Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut film

Shibu G Suseelan takes home Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut film for Sinjar.

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Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment award

Prasad Devineni collects Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment award for Baahubali - The Conclusion.

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Best Supporting Actress award

Divya Dutta collects Best Supporting Actress award for Irada.

The National Film Awards which were established in 1954 are considered the most prominent awards in the Indian film industry. Talking about the awards, Shekhar Kapur who headed the feature film jury of this year’s National Film Awards, said, "Awards are given not only to highlight the work done by the filmmakers, they are also given so that audiences actually go and watch the films. These films are not just meant to be viewed by film critics.”

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