65th National Awards: Sridevi wins for 'Mom', regional cinema scores big

65th National Film Awards Did You Know This Year's Best Actor Winner Riddhi Sen Was in Sanjay Dutt's Bhoomi

The film is directed by Dileesh Pothan.

Doffing its hat to mainstream stars Vinod Khanna and Sridevi, the 65th National Film Awards today recognised their contribution to the Indian cinema by honouring them posthumously with the Dadasaheb Phalke and best actress awards. Director Rima Das' coming-of-age Assamese film Village Rockstars was named the best feature film for 2017.

Marathi film Murakhiya, Odia film Hello RC, Malayalam film Take Off received a special mention award and actress Parvathy too got a special mention.

Last year, Syam Pushkaran won the award for Best Screenplay (original) for Maheshinte Prathikaram. Zaira Wasim won the Best Supporting Actor award for her role in Dangal.

AR Rahman won the award for Best Music Direction and Songs for Kaatru Veliyidai. Pampally won best debut for "Sinjar".

Sridevi with Boney Kapoor and AR Rahman during a promotional of the Mom in Chennai a year ago; PTI Photo by R Senthil Kumar. Tolet, directed by Chezhiyan won the Best Film in Tamil. Released in Hindi and Telugu, is a tale of an undersea battle in 1971. After the National Film Awards were announced in New Delhi, Mr Kapur spoke to NDTV on the side-lines and fondly remembered Sridevi as one of the "best actresses" he's worked with. The 10-membered panel comprises the likes of Kannada director P Sheshadri, screenwriter Imtiaz Hussain, actor Gautami Tadimalla and lyricist Mehboob among others.

The veteran actress, Sridevi, died an unfortunate death in Dubai on February 12. "But every time, we came back to Sridevi", he said, implying that she won the award purely for her performance.The jury was headed by him.

Though there is no one from the Malayalam film industry on the panel, Mollywood is hopeful of bagging some key awards this year.

Her "Mom" co-star, Pakistani actor Adnan Siddiqui, told PTI, "I am not surprised, she deserved more". Not only was the film lauded by the critics, it was also appreciated greatly by the fans.

Mom, which was produced by Sridevi's husband Boney Kapoor, saw Sridevi play a biology teacher who sets out to avenge her stepdaughter after she is raped.

Blockbuster "Baahubali 2: The Conclusion" won most popular film and awards for special effects and action choreography.

Another prominent Bollywood win is the very talented Divya Dutta for her performance in the little-known environmental drama Iraada.

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