Filmmaker Shekhar Kapur, jury chairperson for the 65th National Film Awards, told the media that his "Mr. India" actress Sridevi wasn't chosen for the honor because of his relationship with her but due to her contribution to "Mom".
Film producer Boney, who was married to Sridevi from 1996 until her death, took to Twitter following the announcement to share a message from himself and his daughters, Khushi and Janhvi. The remarks by Kapur, who headed the jury for the prestigious awards, was a sign of things to come. Jayaraj was awarded the Best Direction in the Feature Film category for the movie "Bhayanakam" and Nagraj Manjule won the award for the Best Direction in the Non Feature Film Category.
Fahadh Faasil won best supporting actor for "Thondimuthalum Dhriksakshiyum" and the film also won original screenplay. Pampally won best debut for "Sinjar".
M Mansoor, while the best female singer went to Shashaa Tirupati for the song Vaan for Kaatru Veliyidai. The best Children's film was given to the Marathi Movie Mhorkya, directed by Amar Bharat Deokar. "My director and co-actors made it so easy for me to act in this film". Best Book on Cinema award was given to "Matmagi Manipur-The first Manipuri Feature Film" authored by Bobby Wahengbam.
Newton adjudged as the Best Film in Hindi. I am happy that she got a send off at the state level.
The legendary veteran actor Sridevi was found dead after she was drowned in a bathtub in a hotel of Dubai when she had come back from a party.
In the non-fiction category, Abhishek Verma's "Machher Jhol", and Suresh Eriyat's "The Basket" won the animated film awards. She also did Tamil film Puli during her second stint.
Sridevi played the Mom with the capital M in this revenge thriller that followed a predictable although still discomfiting route. "And this, is just an icing on the cake", says director Ravi Udyawar. Like always, the sanctity of National Awards has questioned again. The film is an absurd and comical take on the corporate culture of life taking over our country, through the eyes of people who struggle under its weight every day.