President Ram Nath Kovind presents 65th National Film Awards

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.

Created On: May 4, 2018 11:19 ISTModified On: May 4, 2018 11:19 IST
President Ram Nath Kovind presenting Sridevi's Best Actress Award to her family

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



Best Feature Film

Village Rockstar (Assamese)

Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of a Director


Best Film on social issue


Best Children's Film


Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment

Baahubali 2: The Conclusion

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


Best Regional Film


Best Jasari Film


Best Tulu Film


Best Tamil Film

To Let

Best Gujarati Film


Best Telugu Film


Best Marathi Film

Kaccha Limbu 

Best Malayalam Film

Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum

Best Kannada Film

Hebbettu Ramakka

Best Hindi Film


Best Bengal Film


Best Assamese Film


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)

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