Regional cinema eclipses B'wood at 65th National Film Awards

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"Just see Mr India - it was born out of joy", said Shekhar Kapur after he announced Sridevi's Best Actress National Award. Mom happened to be Sridevi's 300th film and she became the first actress in the history of the National Film Awards who was given the award posthumously in the Best Actress category. She essayed the role of a mother who bends every rule and goes the extra mile to ensure justice for her daughter.

Arun Kuppuswami Medhavpranav's "Happy Birthday" won the "Best Film on Family Values" award for depicting the exploration of a small boy's changing attitude towards his fathers sacrifice and love.

Unfortunately, it turned out to be her last performance on the big screen as Sridevi breathed her last in Dubai early this year.

The winners for National Awards for the year 2017 were announced on Friday. It's time to celebrate her achievements.

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She was especially happy that the movie had made parents more conscious about sending their children to parties at farmhouses and made several girls more careful about the vehicle they sit in to return home late at night. The film starring Prabhas, Anushka Shetty, Rana Daggubati, Tamannaah, Ramya Krishnan, Nassar and Sathyaraj won the award for Best Special Effects and Best Action Direction besides the Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment. It also won the best cinematography award. The film also won the Best Location Sound Recordist award.

Sridevi's co-star Anil Kapoor shared a note on social media and thanked the jury for felicitating the actress with the award.

The iconic Bollywood actor was honoured for her role in the Hindi film Mom. Special Jury Award in the Non-Feature category was given to "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings And Monday", directed by Prateek Vats and produced by Films Division.

Overall, Malayalam cinema dominated the awards this year with films like Bhayanakam and Take Off receiving multiple accolades. Riddhi Sen won best actor for "Nagarkirtan". 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.

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