President Ram Nath Kovind felicitated the winners of the 65th National Film Awards at a ceremony in Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi on Thursday.
Late actor and parliamentarian Vinod Khanna, who passed away last year, was awarded India’s highest film honour, the Dadasaheb Phalke award.
The National Award for best female actor went to Sridevi, posthumously, for her role in the movie ‘Mom’. The award was received by her husband Boney Kapoor and daughters Janhvi and Khushi Kapoor.
19-year-old Riddhi Sen bagged the Best Actor Award for the role displaying the complexities of a boy who changed his gender in the Bengali movie ‘Nagar kirtan’.
Assamese Film “Village Rockstars” was awarded the Best Feature Film and Film Newton as the Best Hindi Film.
Regional Films also bagged many awards. Speaking on the occassion President Kovind said that cinema plays a significant role in social cohesion.
Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani said it was proud moment for her to honour more than 21 women awardees.
The awardees expressed happiness on receiving the award.
Music Maestro AR Rahman bagged the award in Best Music Direction category for the songs in the Tamil movie ‘Kaatru Veliyidai’ and the Background music in the Hindi movie ‘Mom’.