President Ram Nath Kovind presents 65th National Film Awards
May 4, 2018

President Ram Nath Kovind on May 3, 2018 presented the 65th National Film Awards at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi.

However, this year, controversy engulfed the National Film Awards as more than 60 awardees boycotted the ceremony. In a historic first, the President of India presented the National Film Awards to just 11 of the 137 winners; remaining awards were handed over by the Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Smriti Irani and MoS Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore.

The awardees were informed at the last minute that the President will present only 11 awards. Over 60 awardees signed a letter of protest addressed to the Directorate of Film Festivals, expressing their disappointment at the way the announcement was made.

The President felicitated the winners in top categories such as the Dadasaheb Phalke Award to Vinod Khanna, Best Actress Award to Sridevi, Best Playback Singer Male to KJ Yesudas, Best Actor Award to Riddhi Sen and Best Music Director Award to AR Rahman.

In the history of the awards, it was for the first time that the President attended only the second half of the ceremony, honouring only a few of the winners. For 64 years, the President has been handing over the National Film Awards to all the recipients.

When were the awards announced?

The 65th National Film Awards were announced on April 13, 2017 by the jury headed by renowned filmmaker Shekhar Kapur.

The other members of the jury panel are screenwriter Imtiaz Hussain, lyricist Mehboob, South Indian actress Gautami Tadimalla, Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, Kannada director P Sheshadri, Ranjit Das, Rajesh Mapuskar, Rumi Jaffrey and Tripurari Sharma.
Key Highlights

• This year, Amit V Masurkar's ‘Newton’ movie won the Best Hindi language film award, while Pankaj Tripathi received a special mention for his performance in the same film.
• Ganesh Acharya won the award for Best Choreography for the song ‘Goli Tu Lath maar’ in ‘Toilet Ek Prem Katha’.
• The movie ‘Baahubali: The Conclusion’ by SS Rajamouli won in three categories- Best Action Direction, Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment and Best Special Effects.
• Sridevi was posthumously awarded with the Best Actress award for her movie ‘Mom’ and the Dada Saheb Phalke Award went to late veteran actor Vinod Khanna, who died on April 2, 2017.

 65th National Film Awards

List of awardees

Awards                                              Winners
Best Feature Film                          Village Rockstar (Assamese)

Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut     
Film of a Director                                    
Best Film on social issue                      Aalorukkam
Best Children's Film                                Mhorkya
Best Popular Film Providing              Baahubali 2: The Conclusion
Wholesome Entertainment
Best Director                                        Jayaraj for Bhayanakam
Best Actor                                             Riddhi Sen for Nagarkirtan

Best Actress                                               Sridevi for Mom
Best Supporting Actor   Fahad Faasil for Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum
Best Supporting Actress               Divya Dutta for Irada
Best Child Artist                          Neeta Das for Village Rockstar
Best Male Playback Singer                   Yesudas
Best Regional Film                                  Ladhakh
Best Jasari Film                                        Sinjar
Best Tulu Film                                           Paddayi
Best Tamil Film                                       To Let
Best Gujarati Film                                       Dhh

Best Telugu Film                                       Ghazi
Best Marathi Film                                      Kaccha Limbu
Best Malayalam Film                      Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum
Best Kannada Film                             Hebbettu Ramakka
Best Hindi Film                                       Newton
Best Bengal Film                                  Mayurakshi
Best Assamese Film                              Ishu
Best Special Effects                            Baahubali 2: The Conclusion
Best Music Direction                     AR Rahman for Kaatru Veliyidai

Best Film on Environment
Conservation/ Preservation             
Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature
Film on National Integration
Dada Saheb Phalke Award                               Vinod Khanna
Special Mentions                 Pankaj Tripathi (Newton), Parvathy (Take Off), Prakruti Mishra (Hello Arsi), Yasharaj Karhade (Mhorkya)