Veteran director Shekhar Kapur was on March 28, 2018 appointed as the chairman of the central panel of the 65th National Film Awards.
The central panel comprises a chairperson and 10 other members, including five regional chairpersons who head the respective regional panels.
The regional chairpersons include:
Imtiaz Hussain: The film writer known for his works in films like Astitva (2000) and Parinda (1989) will be the regional chairperson of South I panel.
Mehboob: The lyricist, who penned the lyrics for the Hindi (dubbed) version of 1995 Tamil romantic drama Bombay, was appointed as the regional chairperson of South II panel.
Gautami Tadimalla: The actor, who is known for her work in Tamil films, will be the regional chairman of the North panel.
Rahul Rawail: The director is known for films like Love Story (1981), Betaab (1983), Arjun (1985) and Jo Bole So Nihaal(2005), was appointed as the regional chairperson of the Western panel.
P. Sheshadri: The director, who is a known name in the Kannada cinema, will be the regional chairperson of the Eastern panel.
Other members of the panel include Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, a Bengali and Hindi film director; playwright Tripurari Sharma; dialogue and script writer Rumi Jaffery; Ranjit Das is known for the critically acclaimed film Pratyavartan and film writer, director and producer Rajesh Mapuskar.
About 65th National Film Awards
• The 65th National Film Awards ceremony is an upcoming event during which the Directorate of Film Festivals will present the annual National Film Awards to honour the best Indian films of 2017.
• The awards ceremony will be held on May 3, 2018.
• For participation in the same, the Directorate of Film Festivals had invited online entries, the last date for which was March 2, 2018.
• The films eligible for entry in the award categories include both feature and non-feature films certified by Central Board of Film Certification between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017.