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National Awards: "Vinod Khanna, Sridevi recognised posthumously, 'Village Rockstars" Best Film

National Awards:

Dadasaheb Phalke Award will be given to actor Vinod Khanna posthumously.

Sridevi posthumously won the Best Actress National Award on Friday and the one to announce it was feature film jury head Shekhar Kapur, who directed the iconic actress in 1987's Mr India, co-starring Anil Kapoor.

The winners of the awards were announced today, with Sridevi being declared as Best Actress for Mom - a film which marked her 300th performance on film. What came as a pleasant surprise was the Best Actress award.

Actors Fahadh Faasil, Indrans, Parvathy, Suraj Venjarammoodu are competing with their best onscreen performances. Riddhi Sen won best actor for "Nagarkirtan". Music maestro AR Rahman won the award for the best music for director Mani Ratnam's romantic drama Kaatru Veliyidai. The film was also recognised for original screenplay, while the best dialogues went to Odiya film "Hello Arsi".

Singer Yesudas won the award for Best Playback Singer Male for Poyi.

Sridevi with Boney Kapoor and AR Rahman during a promotional of the Mom in Chennai previous year; PTI Photo by R Senthil Kumar.




Kannada film "Hebbettu Ramakka" directed by N R Nanjunde Gowda starring Kannada actors Tara and Devaraj bagged the best Kannada film. It was also recognised as the best film in Jasari langauge. Released in Hindi and Telugu, it tells the tale of an undersea battle in 1971, which resulted in the sinking of the submarine PNS Ghazi. India's official entry to the Academy Awards previous year, Amit Masurkar's black comedy Newton, was named the Best Hindi Film.

During the announcement, Director, Shekhar Kapur said he insisted to the rest of the jury that Sridevi should not be given the award only because she passed away.

Film writer Imtiaz Hussain headed the South I panel and lyricist Mehboob was the head of the South II panel.

Sridevi died on February 24 in a hotel in Dubai due to "accidental drowning". Overwhelmed by it, she says, "I am overjoyed with the news".

It was Sridevi's third film after returning to acting recently with English Vinglish and Tamil film Puli. "We also take this opportunity to thank all our friends, her fans who have been sending us congratulatory messages", it added.

In the Ravi Udyawar directorial, Sridevi played the role of a mother who sets out to avenge her step-daughter, essayed by Sajal Ali.