National Film Awards to be announced today; Kerala in high hopes

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The 65th National Film Awards were announced in New Delhi today. Sridevi, who passed away on February 24 this year, won the award for her film Mom. However, Mr Kapur's global projects include films like The Four Feathers and the two Elizabeth films, in which she's directed Hollywood-A listers such as Cate Blanchett, Heath Ledger and Kate Hudson. It's time to celebrate her life and her achievements. "Mom" was her 300th film.

The award jury is headed by Veteran director Shekhar Kapur and includes other ten members with five regional chairpersons who heads the respective regional panels. He had worked with Sridevi in 1987 film "Mr India".

It was Sridevi's third film after returning to acting recently with English Vinglish and Tamil film Puli. From a child actor till her last film. "I am sure this news will be a source of tremendous happiness for lakhs of their fans across the world!"

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"This is a very important day for me, and an equally important award".

Hindi film star Divya Dutta was named the best supporting actress for her role in "Irada", which also bagged the award for the best film on environmental conservation/preservation. "I just heard about it is it true?" First my film Manto going to Cannes and now the National award, I am overwhelmed. This will pave the way for viewing such films.

The film set in a remote village of Assam tells the story of a 10-year old girl Dhunu (Bhanita Das) who aspires to be a musician and dreams of owning a guitar.

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Despite the fact that no one in the jury was from the Malayalam film industry, the state was hopeful of bagging awards for the films Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum, Take Off, Bhayanakam, Alorukkam, Ottamurivelicham and Angamaly Diaries, which were considered probable winners in various categories. Ecstatic by this, the Newton actor says, "I am absolutely delighted". I had no idea I was even in the running.

Baahubali won the Best Action Film. "My director and co-actors made it so easy for me to act in this film". Last year, Akshay Kumar bagged the Best Actor award for Rustom.

"It's a huge achievement for all of us. It's a film that has been made with purity and honesty", lead actor Rajkummar Rao, who is already a National award victor, said.

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