Sky is the limit for National Film Awards 2018 winners

Kenny Tucker
April 14, 2018

Rajkummar Rao-starrer Bollywood film "Newton" was adjudged as the Best Film at the 65th National Film Awards. The coveted Dadasaheb Phalke Award - the country's highest cinema honour - was reserved for late actor Vinod Khanna, known for films like "Muqaddar Ka Sikandar", "The Burning Train" and "Amar, Akbar, Anthony". I hope this award and the film's commercial success creates a bigger space for relevant political cinema.

Meanwhile, Actor Fahadh Faasil won the Best Supporting Actor award for the film, directed by Dileesh Pothan. I was watching the National Awards but I ended up missing [the announcement of] the main awards.

In an earlier interview to IANS, Sridevi had said she was proud to be a part of a film like "Mom", and the reactions it elicited. The film also won the Best Make-up award and a Special Jury award.

Internationally acclaimed Indian filmmaker and the jury chairperson of the 65th National Film Awards, Shekhar Kapur is amazed at the quality and standard of regional cinema and believes that it is giving Hindi cinema a run for its money.

Oscar winning music composer A R Rahman bagged two awards for best music direction in Tamil film "Kaatru Veliyidai" and best background music score for 'Mom'.

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Ganesh Acharya won for his choreography for the Hindi film "Toilet: Ek Prem Katha". Santhosh Raman won the award for best production design for the same film.

Pankaj Tripathi gets special mention for his performance in Newton. Malayalam cinema witnessed another win with Bhayanakam, which bagged Best Direction and Best Adaptive Screenplay. The National Film Awards would be presented by Hon'ble President of India on May 3, 2018. The Best Children's Film was given to Marathi movie "Mhorkya", and Best Animation honour is shared by "The Fish Curry" and "The Basket".

The other winners in the language categories include "Ishu"(Assamese), "To-Let (Tamil), "Hebettu Ramakka" (Kannada), "Ghazi" (Telugu), "Mayurakshi" (Bengali), "Dhh" (Gujarati), "Paddayi" (Tulu), "Walking With The Wind" (Ladakhi) and "Sinjar" (Jasari)". Over the next one hour, regional films and filmmakers registered their presence in a big way among the winners in 33 categories in the Feature Film section.

Giridhar Jha was named the best film critic and Sunil Mishra from Madhya Pradesh received a special mention for film criticism.

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