Published: Fri, April 13, 2018
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

Posthumous national award to Sridevi warms hearts

Posthumous national award to Sridevi warms hearts

Divya Dutta, who won the Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the film "Irada" at the 65th National Film Awards on Friday, says it is such achievements that make her feel alive as an actor. "It feels fantastic to know that the whole country thought my role in "Newton" was one of my best and to win the Special Mention Award at the highest film award in India is just exhilarating", he added. Rima Das' Assamese film "Village Rockstars", about the music aspirations of a village girl, was named the best feature film, besides scoring awards for the best location sound recordist, editing and best child artiste (Bhanita Das). Sridevi has been posthumously awarded the Best Actress award for Mom.

"We are overjoyed to know that the jury has conferred the best actor award to Sridevi for her performance in?Mom".

"The point of these awards is that you go back and watch these films", Kapur said before announcing the winners, referring to the often unrecognised potential of regional cinema in India. 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.

Established in 1954, the National Film Awards have been administered by the Indian government's Directorate of Film Festivals, along with the International Film Festival of India and the Indian Panorama.

Pankaj Tripathi, who received a special mention at the National Awards for his role in the "Newton", said it was a moment of celebration for him.

Her "Mom" co-star, Pakistani actor Adnan Siddiqui, told PTI, "I am not surprised, she deserved more".

"I just heard about it is it true?" Newton also fetched a Special Mention Award for Pankaj Tripathi. Ganesh Acharya has won the award for Best Choreography for the song Goli Tu Lath maar in Toilet Ek Prem Katha.

Newton had earlier been India's official entry in the Foreign Language Film category at the 2018 Oscars. It was also recognised as the best Odiya film.

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