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National Film Awards 2018: Sridevi gets best actress - talent or tribute?

13 April 2018, 02:15 | Silvia Roy

National Film Awards 2018: Sridevi gets best actress - talent or tribute?


We have not recovered from the loss of the beloved actress till now, but the resonance of Sridevi's presence in everyone's life can still be felt as she was awarded the National Award for the Best Actress at the 65th edition of the awards today.

Hindi film star Divya Dutta was named the best supporting actress for her role in "Irada", which also bagged the award for the best film on environmental conservation/preservation.

Sridevis producer-husband Boney Kapoor became emotional to know about her win at the 65th National Film Awards. The jury comprising of 10 members headed by Shekhar Kapur honoured the best of Indian cinema for the year 2017, which saw a wide range of films.

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Sridevi, whose filmography spanned across 50 years and in 300 films in languages such as Tamil, Telugu and Hindi, was recognised for her role of an angry mother seeking justice for her daughter in rape revenge drama, "Mom". Last year, Akshay Kumar bagged the Best Actor award for Rustom. Apart from being considered the ultimate recognition for films, the awards also hold the distinction of recognising merit across the country and especially in regional cinema.

Director of the best Marathi film victor "Kaccha Limbu", Prasad Oak, told PTI, "This award is very very special as I have got it for my debut film".

This is what Pankaj Tripathi said after the win: "I am absolutely delighted. My director and co-actors made it so easy for me to act in this film". "She deserves it. I am really happy, it's a great news for me because it was our film".

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Blockbuster "Baahubali 2: The Conclusion" won most popular film and awards for special effects and action choreography. The award for the Best Jasari Film was given to "Sinjar", Best Tulu Film to "Paddayi" and the Best Ladakhi Film to "Walking With The Wind".

I hope this award and the film's commercial success creates a bigger space for relevant political cinema.

"I just heard about it". Singer Shashaa Tirupati won the Best Playback Singer Female for the song "Vaan" from "Kaatru Veliyidai", while legendary singer KJ Yesudas won the Best Playback Singer Male. 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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Fahadh Faasil won best supporting actor for "Thondimuthalum Dhriksakshiyum" and the film also won original screenplay.

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