National Film Awards to be declared today

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Sridevi posthumously won the Best Actress Award for her film MOM that also starred Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Akshaye Khanna and Pakistani actors, Sajal Aly and Adnan Siddiqui in pivotal roles. India's official entry to the Academy Awards a year ago, Amit Masurkar's black comedy Newton, was named the Best Hindi Film.

The 65th National Film Awards were announced today.

Last year, the jury was headed by filmmaker Priyadarshan last year and Akshay Kumar had bagged the Best Actor award for his performance in Rustom while Malayalam actor Surabhi Lakshmi won the Best Actress award for Minnaminungu. On the other hand, "To Let" directed by Prema Chezhiyan was awarded the Best Tamil film of 2017.

Jury member and noted film director Shekhar Kapur said, the jury is stunned at the quality of films in the regional cinema.

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The jury recognised the diversity in Indian cinema by distributing accolades to films belonging to different regional languages. What came as a pleasant surprise was the Best Actress award.

Another prominent Bollywood win is the very talented Divya Dutta for her performance in the little-known environmental drama Iraada.

The Best Music Direction award went to A R Rahman.

"I am absolutely delighted". It was also recognised as the best film in Jasari langauge.

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Ganesh Acharya won the choreography award for the Hindi film "Toilet: Ek Prem Katha". When I stepped out of my village, I had the desire of winning a national award someday. I am thankful to the government for recognising my work.

Thondimuthalam Driksakshiyum won the Best Malayalam Film Award, and the award for the Best Screenplay (Sajeev Pazhoor).

Take off won the award for the Best Production Design.

Malayalam movie Aalorukam won the award for the best film on social issues, while Hindi detective thriller Irada emerged as the best film on environment conservation.

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