National Film Awards 2018: Boney Kapoor, Janhvi accept Sridevi's Best Actress award

Sergio Conner
May 3, 2018

The award will be conferred on May 3 by President Ram Nath Kovind. Sridevi won the National Film Award for Best Actress for revenge drama Mom. At the ceremony, veteran actors Vinod Khanna and Sridevi are conferred posthumously while SS Rajamouli's Baahubali 2: The Conclusion receives three awards including Best Special Effects, Best Action Direction and the Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment.

Film director Shekhar Kapoor announced the winners of 65th National Awards in New Delhi on Friday. Boney Kapoor will be receiving the honour on behalf of late Sridevi for Mom which was her 300th film.

Daughters Janhvi and Khushi accompanied Kapoor to the ceremony. More than 70 winners of the National Film Awards announced to skip the ceremony after a last-minute announcement that President Ram Nath Kovind would be presenting only 11 awards, a departure from tradition. Sridevi, who passed away a couple of months back, had got the National Award for the Best Actress for her performance in Mom posthumously.

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Actor Akshaye Khanna, too, reached Delhi to collect the Dadasaheb Phalke Award bestowed on his father, Vinod Khanna.

Apart from them, actor Pankaj Tripathi, Divya Dutta, choreographer Ganesh Acharya and others are present to receive the prestigious award. "She is not with us today but her legacy will always live on". "It's a very proud moment at the same time". She truly deserved it. We miss her, it is a very proud moment at the same time.

Expressing "surprise" at the "11th-hour questions", Rashtrapati Bhavan said in a statement that the president attends all award functions for a maximum one hour and this was conveyed to the Information and Broadcasting Ministry. Water baby has been adjudged the best non-feature film on the year.

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