The 65th National Film Awards have been announced with late actress Sridevi was conferred with the Best Actress Award posthumously for her last film 'Mom'. 'Newton' emerged as the Best Film and music maestro AR Rahman emerged as the biggest winner. National Award for Best Music Direction for 'Kaatru Veliyidai', and for the Background Music for 'Mom', Rahman's work found the honour it deserved. He is the only composer to win six National Awards.
Late actor Vinod Khanna was given the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for his immense contribution to Indian cinema, and actor Pankaj Tripathi received a special mention. 'Baahubali 2: The Conclusion' won Best Special Effects and Best Direction, along with Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment.
In a career that lasted four decades, Sridevi had featured in several hit films like 'Sadma', 'Gumrah', and 'English Vinglish', among many other films. While she had won several hearts for her performances in Hindi and south movies, she was not conferred a National Award when she was alive. This year however, the jury decided to honor her with a national award after her demise.