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The 65th National Film Awards were announced on Friday, and the Rajkummar Rao-starrer Newton, India’s official entry to Oscars 2018, won the Best Hindi Film award. Pankaj Tripathi got a Special Mention award for Newton. Sridevi, who died earlier this year, won the Best Actress award for Mom, while Riddhi Sen got the Best Actor trophy for Nagar Kirtan (Bengali).
Last year’s film Baahubali: The Conclusion won the National Award for Best Popular Film. The multilingual epic won two more awards — Best Action Direction and Best Special Effects.
Malayalam filmmaker Jayaraj won the Best Director award for Bhayanakam. The Best Feature Film was Village Rockstars (Assamese).
Actor Vinod Khanna who died last year, was given the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award.
I want to thank the jury for awarding Newton the National Award for Best Hindi Film. I hope this award and the film’s commercial success creates a bigger space for political cinema. AMIT V MASURKAR DIRECTOR
Baahubali has been [winning awards] for years. It just says that we have brought spectacle films in India. It’s a start to many things. I am pretty happy about it. RANA DAGGUBATI ACTOR
Hum gaaon se isiliye toh nikle the ki kuchh aisa ho. Now that it has happened, I can’t believe it. Yeh desh ka award hai, bahut badi cheez hai. PANKAJ TRIPATHI ACTOR
The best choreography award for Lath Mar (in Toilet: Ek Prem Katha) is thrilling! I thank my lyricists, composers, and my choreographer Ganeshji. SHREE NARAYAN SINGH FILMMAKER
Publicity stills of Baahubali 2 (above) and Newton (below)
The late actor Sridevi, whose death in Dubai on February 24 shocked India, won the Best Actress award for her last film, Mom, in which she played a mother out to avenge her child