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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

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