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65th National Film Awards: Mollywood shines, Tamil flicks fizzle out 

Here is a roundup of the 65th National Film Awards, which was announced on April 13

Published: 14th April 2018

The 65th National Film Awards were announced yesterday by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, and in contrast to the last few years, when either Bollywood films or those from the South won big, this year's winners list is a mixed package of talents from across the country.  An Assamese film -- Village Rockstars -- bagging the Best Film of the Year award after three decades is an example.

Malayalam films, Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum and Bhayanakam, lead the race in the South winning three major awards each. While Jayaraj was awarded the Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay honours for the latter, which also won Best Cinematography, the dark comedy Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum bagged the Best Malayalam film, Best Supporting Actor (Fahadh Faasil) and Best Original Screenplay (Sajeev Pazhoor) awards. Dileesh Pothan, the director of Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum said, "It's very encouraging. I feel more responsible now. I have to deliver the same level of quality with my next film too." A visibly delighted Sajeev Pazhoor, the screenplay writer, said "It feels really great, considering the fact that this is a small film made with many limitations. I hope these awards will make things easier for our team in the future." Malayalam actor Parvathy's performance as a kidnapped nurse in Take-Off fetched her a special mention.

The blockbuster Telugu film, Baahubali: The Conclusion, won three awards -- Best Special Effects, Best Action Direction, and Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment. Debutant director Sankalp Reddy's period war film, Ghazi Attack, secured the Best Telugu Film Award. The overjoyed filmmaker said, "I never expected this award. We didn't make Ghazi with an intention to win the award. As a team, we worked sincerely and tried to give our best for the film. It's really exciting and the news is still sinking in." 

Hebettu Ramakka, based on the political reservation of women, grabbed the award for the Best Kannada Film. "The film has a universal subject and is an educative film. The very purpose of making this film was to create awareness at a national level," said  director Nanjunde Gowda. The only other award for the industry went to lyricist Prahalad, who bagged the Best Lyrics Award for his song Muthu Ratnada Pyate in the film, March 22. "I never expected national recognition, though I got good feedback for the lyrics. It feels so surreal, I am extremely happy," he said.

AR Rahman won the awards for the Best Music Director (Kaatru Veliyidai) and Best Background Score (Mom). His last National Award was also for a Mani Ratnam film -- Kannathil Muthamittal in 2003. "I think the importance of the role played by a musician/poet has to increase now. In a world filled with confusion, aggression, we are all triggered by many negative emotions, and it's poetry and music that can take people back to sanity. I have always believed that a song can inspire a person, that music can stop violence," the composer said.

Singer Saashaa Tirupati, who won her first National Award for the song Vaan Varuvaan in Kaatru Veliyidai, said, "Rahman sir believed in me when nobody else did. The award isn’t mine; it’s his! I remember how I had goosebumps when he played the tune to me at his studios. Even now, when I sing the song at shows, I get the same feeling. It's just heavenly."

Tamil cinema which has figured prominently in the awards list in recent years, having mainly won awards in the Best Feature Film and Best Director categories in the past, failed to impress the committee this year. Cinematographer-turned-director Chezhiyan, whose yet-to-be-theatrically-released drama film, To Let, was a lone winner, and secured the award for Best Tamil Film, said, "A filmmaker can't make films expecting awards. We just make them, and if our work is good enough, it gets recognition. Simple and realistic films will always get their due. To Let is the best example of this."

The top acting honours went to the late veteran actor Sridevi, who was named best actress for her performance in Mom, and Bengali actor Ridhi Sen, won the Best Actor Award for his film Nagar Kirtan, which also won the Special Jury, Best Costume, and Best Makeup awards. 

Following is the complete list of winners:

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 - Mhorkya

Malayalam - Take Off

Best Regional Films:

Hindi - Newton

Ladakh - Walking With The Wind

Lakshadweep - Sinjar

Tulu - Paddayi

Marathi - Kachcha Limboo

Malayalam - Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum

Kannada - Hebbettu Ramakka

Bengali - Mayurakshi

Assamese - Ishu

Telugu - Ghazi

Gujarati – Dhh

Odiya - Hello Arsi

(With inputs from Murali Krishna CH, Sajin Shrijith,  A Sharadhaa, and S Subhakeerthana)

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