National Film Awards to be declared today

Special mention at National film award is just exhilarating: Pankaj Tripathi

Newton has been selected as the Best Hindi Film.

The 65th National Film Awards are now underway and being announced by the jury headed by renowned filmmaker Shekhar Kapur. The film's director Amit Masurkar told indianexpress.com that he hopes this award and the film's commercial success creates a bigger space for relevant political cinema.

The announcement of the prestigious 65th National Awards have already begun and the award ceremony for the same will be held on May 3.

The Jury Chairpersons of the 65th National Film Awards had submitted its report to the Information & Broadcasting (I&B) minister Smriti Zubin Irani on 12 April.

Last year, the jury was headed by filmmaker Priyadarshan last year and Akshay Kumar had bagged the Best Actor award for his performance in Rustom while Malayalam actor Surabhi Lakshmi won the Best Actress award for Minnaminungu. Taapsee Pannu said, "This is the third time I have had the opportunity to be a part of a National Award Winning film".

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Riddhi Sen was recognised as the best actor for Kaushik Ganguly's "Nagarkirtan", which was also bagged awards in multiple categories, such as the best costume, makeup and special jury. Celebrating the life of the superstar and her last work in the movies, Sridevi was posthumously given the award from her impeccable performance in her last film, Mom.

Malayalam Movie "Aaalorukkam", directed by V.C. Abhilash was awarded the Best Film on Social Issues. It feels awesome 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.

Best Film Critic award was given to Giridhar Jha for his writings covering vast horizon of Hindi cinema with authenticity and originality. Best Book on Cinema award was given to "Matmagi Manipur-The first Manipuri Feature Film" authored by Bobby Wahengbam.

Jayaraj was named the best director and the best adapted screenplay writer for his Malayalam film "Bhayanakam".

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