The award will be presented by President Ram Nath Kovind.
The jury, headed by filmmaker Shekhar Kapur, had handed over its recommendations to Information and Broadcasting minister Smriti Irani yesterday. What came as a pleasant surprise was the Best Actress award.
Assamese Film Village Rockstar bagged the best film award at the 65th National Film Awards. This year at the 65 National film awards with a jury headed by Shekhar Kapur has made a decision to completely sideline Hindi and Bollywood cinema.Not a single major award has gone to any Hindi film, actor or filmmaker this year.
The awards are expected to be announced at 11:30 am.
Hindi film "Newton", a dark comedy on Indian democracy, was named the best Hindi film and a special mention went to its actor Pankaj Tripathi for his portrayal of a cynical CRPF officer Atma Singh. I had no idea I was even in the running.
Parvathy won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress in 2018 for her performance in "Take Off" that released a year ago. The Ghaazi Attack was adjudged the Best Film in Telugu. Taapsee Pannu said, "This is the third time I have had the opportunity to be a part of a National Award Winning film". I'm really happy, it's a great news for me because it was our film. She is not with us today but her legacy will always live on. The actor in me feels alive again and grateful that there is appreciation pouring in.
"National awards tell you that there are films that need to be seen. It means the world". Priti Gandhi of the BJP Mahila Morcha noted, "The legendary Sridevi being conferred the National award and superstar Vinod Khanna being awarded the Dada Saheb Phalke award is a wonderful decision".