Indian President Ram Nath Kovind gives away the 65th National awards at Delhi

The 65th National film awards were given away by Indian President Ram Nath Kovind at a ceremony at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi on Thursday.

Legendary actress Sridevi, who passed away, last February, won the best actress award for her performance in the movie ‘Mom’. The award was received by her husband Boney Kapoor and 2 daughters Jhanvi and Khushi Kapoor.

Bengali actor Riddhi Sen won the best actor award for his performance in the Bengali movie ‘Nagar Kirtan’. Sen played the role of a boy who changed his gender. The actor had portrayed the complexities of gender change brilliantly on-screen.

Music maestro AR Rahman won the award for the best music director. He won the award for tuning music for the Tamil movie ‘Kaatru Veliyidai’ and background music for the movie ‘Mom’.

Dadasaheb Phalke award is the highest honour given to a film personality. Actor Vinod Khanna who passed away last year, won the award.

Many regional films had won awards as well. Ram Nath Kovind said that cinema plays an important role in the society.

Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani was also giving away the awards along with Kovind. She said that it is a proud moment for her to give away awards to more than 21 women awardees at the event.

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