65th National Film Awards 2018: Looks like Regional Films dominated the winners list this year

It’s National film awards time where the best Indian cinema and artists are recognised and honoured. From Bollywood to regional films, the 65th National Film Awards have been announced. Filmmaker Shekhar Kapur headed the jury of the film awards which recognises talents across cinema in all languages. Shekhar Kapur, said that he was stunned by the quality of films that were nominated this year for the National Film Awards, especially those from regional cinema.

Bollywood film Newton bagged the Best Hindi Language Feature Film award directed by Amit V Masurkar. Pankaj Tripathi, who was also appreciated for his performance in the same film, received a Special Mention from the jury at the 65th National Film Awards.

Late actress Sridevi, who passed away in February this year was named Best Actress for the film Mom. Music maestro AR Rahman won the Best Music Director award for his work in Mani Ratnam’s Tamil film Kaatru Veliyidayi and for the Background Music in Mom. This makes him the only composer to win six National Awards.

SS Rajamouli’s Baahubali 2: The Conclusion’ also grabbed 3 trophies at the national awards this year such as the Best Special Effects, Best Action Direction and the Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment.

The Dadasaheb Phalke Award this year was awarded to late actor Vinod Khanna for his immense contribution to Indian cinema, who breathed his last on April 27 last year.

The 65th National Film Awards saw regional films dominating the winners list. Bollywood films were mostly missing from the winners list at the 65th National Film Awards.

65th national awards list
Image Source: Indianexpress.com

Here’s the winners list of 65th National Film Awards:

Best Actress: Sridevi for ‘Mom’

Best Actor: Riddhi Sen for ‘Nagar Kirtan’

Best Director: Jayaraj for ‘Bhayanakam’

Best Film: Village Rockstars (Assamese)

Best Action Direction: ‘Baahubali 2: The Conclusion’

Best Choreography: Ganesh Acharya for ‘Gori Tu Latth Maar’ from the film ‘Toilet Ek Prem Katha’

Best Special Effects: ‘Baahubali 2: The Conclusion’

Special Jury Award: Nagar Kirtan (Bengali)

Best Lyrics: Muthurathinam

Best Music Direction: AR Rahman for ‘Katru Veliyidayi’

Best Make-up Artist: Ram Rajak for ‘Nagar Kirtan’

Best Costume: Gobinda Mandal for ‘Nagar Kirtan’

Best Production Design: Santosh Rajan ‘Take Off’

Best Editing: Rima Das for ‘Village Rockstar’

Best Sound Design: ‘Walking With The Wind’

Best Audiography (Location Sound): Mallika Das, Village Rockstar

Best Location Sound Recording: Mallika Das for ‘Village Rockstar’

Best Screenplay Original: Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum

Best Screenplay Adapted: Bhayanakam

Best Cinematography: Bhayanakam

Best Female Playback Singer: Sashaa Tirupati for ‘Kaatru Veliyidayi’

Best Male Playback Singer: K.J Yesudas for the song ‘Poy Maranja Kalam’ from ‘Viswasapoorvam Mansoor’

Best Child Artist: Anita Das for ‘Village Rockstar’

Best Children’s Film: ‘Mhorkya’

Best Film on Environmental Conservation: ‘Irada’

Best Direction: Jayaraj for ‘Bhayanakam’

Best Feature Film on National Integration: Dhappa (Marathi)

Best Debut Film of a Director: ‘Sinjar’

Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment: ‘Baahubali 2: The Conclusion’

Best Regional Films Special Mention:


Marathi – Murkhya, Yash Raj Kharade

Odiya – Hello Aarsee

Malayalam – Take Off

Pankaj Tripathi in Newton

Best Regional Films:

Ladakh – Walking With The Wind

Lakshadweep – Sinjar

Tulu – Paddayi

Kachcha Limboo – Marathi

Marathi – Kachcha Limbo

Malayalam – Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyumm

Kannada – Hebettu Ramakka

Hindi – Newton

Bengali – Mayurakshi

Assamese – Ishu

Telugu – Ghazi

Gujarati – Dhh

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