The 65th National Film Awards that was held at Vigyan Bhawan at the national capital saw many names withdrawing from the event, as most of these recipients boycotted the ceremony.
The country honours the filmmaking fraternity every year with The National Film Awards that takes place at the President house. This year it was different and the function went unplaned as over 60 recipients skipped the tradition in Delhi as they were disheartened that they would not be receiving the honour from the President.
The tradition which is over six decades old saw a change as President, Ram Nath Kovind only presented 11 recipients out of 137 and the rest of the awards were handed over by Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani and Minister of State Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore.
The positive highlights of the show were Rima Das winning the best feature film for her Assamese film ‘Village Rockstars‘. This serves as a huge encouragement to all the Indie filmmakers from northeast India. Rima did not have the budget or a big crew, so she decided to do it all alone. She efficiently donned the hat of the producer, director, writer, cinematographer, editor and production designer of the film. The cast comprises of untrained actors mostly local children. The lead role is that of child artist Bhanita Das who in reality is Rima’s cousin. Bhanita too won the National Award for the best child actor.
Noted filmmaker Boney Kapoor too accepted late actress, Sridevi’s award with his daughters Janhvi and Khushi. While Sridevi received the Best Actor award posthumously for her last film MOM, it was Riddhi Sen who won the Best Actor award.
There were other actors like Divya Dutta who was awarded the Best Supporting Actor award for the movie ‘Irada’ and Pankaj Tripathi who was awarded the honour for ‘Newton’.
A. R. Rahman too received the award for Best Background Score for MOM and Best Music Direction for the film Kaatru Veliyidai. Akshaye Khanna attended the event with his step-mom Kavita Khanna to receive the Dadasaheb Phalke Award on behalf of his late father, actor Vinod Khanna.
Though the ceremony got warped by controversy after the sad announcement about the President’s availability for only an hour, there were still other winners who attended the function and made it a success.