Fahadh Faasil, Jayaraj big winners at the National Film awards

Leslie Hanson
April 14, 2018

It was also an emotional day for Bollywood, as late actor Sridevi bagged the Best Actress award for the revenge drama Mom, while actor-turned-politician Vinod Khanna - who passed away a year ago - was honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for his contribution to Hindi cinema.

Jayaraj was named best director and the best adapted screenplay writer for his Malayalam film "Bhayanakam", which also won the best cinematography award, announced jury chairperson Shekhar Kapur.

Sridevi starrer "Mom" had also won the National Film Award for Best Background Score. She continued delivering hits like a series of blockbusters, such as Nagina, Mr India, Chandni, Lamhe and Chaalbaaz in the Hindi film industry while she also worked in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada movies. It's time to celebrate her achievements. "It's a very special moment for all of us", they said in a statement. Did not expect so much when I was writing the film, but in so many ways it has made us all proud. She was a perfectionist, and that was evident in all the 300-plus films she did. She was not just a super actor but also a super wife and a super mom. "After lots of arguments, she didn't get the award so we have given her a special mention". There was a lot of resistance from people when we were making that film and then it came out in three languages.

"Last year was great for me" I cried when I received the news. Over the next one hour, regional films and filmmakers registered their presence in a big way among the winners in 33 categories in the Feature Film section. Being a first time director and having gotten the chance to work with someone like Sridevi, is an award in itself. I have never seen performances like that. You were too good, too pure, too full of love. I didn't even know I was in contention. As a boy from a village in Bihar, I had big dreams and it feels like they have been fulfilled today. Some of the other prominent winners in various categories for this year National Film Awards included Assamese movie "Village Rockstars" in Best Feature Film category and "Baahubali - The Conclusion" in the Best Popular Film providing Wholesome Entertainment category.

Take off won the award for the Best Production Design.

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