Shekhar Kapur: Regional cinema giving Hindi films a run for its money

65th National Awards Winners List Sridevi Rajkummar Rao's Newton Vinod Khanna Taapsee Pannu's Ghazi Win Laurels

Popular and critically-acclaimed film Take Off won the special jury award for Best Film while its lead actor, Parvathy, who was touted to be a contender for the Best Actress award, got a special mention instead.

Khanna, the suave actor of films such as "Amar, Akbar, Antony" who grew into character roles in his last years, became the 49th recipient of the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, Indian cinema's highest honour. Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum won the Best Malayalam Film Award, and also the award for Best Screenplay. Jayaraj was awarded the Best Direction in the Feature Film category for the movie "Bhayanakam" and Nagraj Manjule won the award for the Best Direction in the Non Feature Film Category.

Delighted by the response to his 2017 magnum opus, Baahubali 2: The Conclusion, at the 65 National Awards, filmmaker SS Rajamouli has congratulated his team and thanked the awards committee for recognizing their efforts.

Thanking the jury for awarding "Newton", Masurkar said in a statement: "I hope this award and the film's commercial success creates a bigger space for relevant political cinema".

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Kannada film "Hebbettu Ramakka" directed by N R Nanjunde Gowda starring Kannada actors Tara and Devaraj bagged the best Kannada film.

Sridevi has been named best actress at the 65th National Film Awards, almost two months after her death. It's a very special moment for all of us. You watch any Hindi film, if you watch two Aamir Khan films one after the other, you will know that both are Aamir Khan. It is because of the support of my family, dancers, and assistants that I've won this award for the second time. The film also won the Best Location Sound Recordist award. The Awards are administered by the government's Directorate of Film Festivals. 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 winners" list has a good mix of Malayalam, Marathi, Bengali and Assamese films."Who knows where is Jasari spoken?

Veteran singer K J Yesudas was recognised as the best male singer for his song "Poy Maranja Kalam" in the Malayalam film "Viswasapoorva M Mansoor", while the best female singer went to Shashaa Tirupati for the song "Vaan" for "Kaatru Veliyidai". I liked every film he featured in. Special Mention Award was given to the Sunil Mishra for his articles on cinema.

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