The 65th National Film Awards were announced today. Late Actor Sridevi won the best actress award for Mom, a revenge thriller directed by Ravi Udyawar.
The actor passed away on February 24 this year.
Mom, produced by husband Boney Kapoor and directed by newcomer Ravi Udyavar featured her in the lead as the mother of two children played by Pakistani actors Sajid Ali and Adnan Siddique.
During the announcement, Director, Shekhar Kapur said he insisted to the rest of the jury that Sridevi should not be given the award only because she passed away. “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.
Film writer Imtiaz Hussain headed the South I panel and lyricist Mehboob was the head of the South II panel.
Actor Riddhi Sen won the Best Actor award for Bengali film Nagarkirtan.
Thondimuthalam Driksakshiyum won the Best Malayalam Film Award and the award for the Best Screenplay (Sanjeev Pazhoor).
Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum, a comedy thriller, starring Fahadh Faasil, Suraj Venjaramoodu, Nimisha Sajayan, and Alencier Ley Lopez is largely set in a small police station where our characters tangle and tango with each other, caught in a perplexing and absurd situation.
Meanwhile, Actor Fahadh Faasil won the Best Supporting Actor award for the film, directed by Dileesh Pothan.
He is famous for his realistic acting and choice of interesting roles, has been a recipient of the prestigious Kerala State film awards several times. In 2011, he won the award for Best Supporting Actor category. In 2013, he won the State award for Best Actor for the films Artist.
The Best Music Direction award went to A R Rahman.
Baahubali won the Best Action Film.
Singer Yesudas won the award for Best Playback Singer Male for Poyi.
Maranjakalam from Viswasapooram Mansoor and Shashaa Tirupati won the award for Best Playback Female for Vaan Varuvaan from Kaatru ‘Veliyidai’.
Take off won the award for the Best Production Design.
Parvathy won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress in 2018 for her performance in ‘Take Off’ that released last year. She also won the best actress award in Goa last year for the International Film Festival in India for the film.
Hebbet Ramakka directed by Nanjunde Gowda won the Best Film in Kannada.
‘Tolet’, directed by Chezhiyan won the Best Film in Tamil.
The Ghaazi Attack was adjudged the Best Film in Telugu. Released in Hindi and Telugu, is a tale of an undersea battle in 1971.
Newton adjudged as the Best Film in Hindi.
Despite the fact that no one in the jury was from the Malayalam film industry, the state was hopeful of bagging awards for the films Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum, Take Off, Bhayanakam, Alorukkam, Ottamurivelicham and Angamaly Diaries, which were considered probable winners in various categories.