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. "Just see Mr India - it was born out of joy", said Shekhar Kapur after he announced Sridevi's Best Actress National Award.
On Friday, Kapur, who announced the awards along with other jury members present at the Press Information Bureau here, was impressed with the scale of regional cinema. The National Award has come posthumously, but it's something we cherish while remembering her for the artiste that she was. She had acted in Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu films, and was often hailed as India's first female superstar.
"It's time to celebrate her life and her achievements".
Thondimuthalam Driksakshiyum won the Best Malayalam Film Award and the award for the Best Screenplay (Sanjeev Pazhoor). Late Actor Sridevi won the best actress award for Mom, a revenge thriller directed by Ravi Udyawar.More news: Oscar winning Czech director Milos Forman dies aged 86
Marathi film Murakhiya, Odia film Hello RC, Malayalam film Take Off received a special mention award and actress Parvathy too got a special mention.
Having started her career as a child artist at the age of four, Sridevi went on to become one of the most popular young actors. "But I am glad to hear all the wonderful things people are saying about the film", she had told The Pioneer when the film did well on the festival circuit.
In the non-fiction category, Abhishek Verma's "Machher Jhol", and Suresh Eriyat's "The Basket" won the animated film awards. But director Shekhar Kapoor was not happy with this announcement.
Earlier, Sridevi's husband Boney Kapoor and daughters Jhanvi and Khushi had also issued a joint statement thanking the Indian government and the jury members for the honour.