Shekhar Kapur: Regional cinema giving Hindi films a run for its money

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"Yes, it is a day for pride that Malayalam films have been recognised on a national level".

Best Film Critic award was given to Giridhar Jha for his writings covering vast horizon of Hindi cinema with authenticity and originality.

Oscar-winning music composer A R Rahman swept the best music direction category by winning the best songs for the Tamil Film "Kaatru Veliyidai" and the best background music for the Hindi film "Mom". Best Action Film went to Baahubali.

Singer Yesudas won the award for Best Playback Singer Male for Poyi. Every year the awards are given in three sections - Feature Films, Non-Feature Films and Best Writing on Cinema. For years, I have been watching films and saying "the standard of Hindi films is just not good enough".

Malayalam Movie "Aaalorukkam", directed by V.C.Abhilash was awarded the Best Film on Social Issues. "She would've been so happy today because even though she put a lot of effort into all her characters, Mom was a very special film for her", Mumbai Mirror quoted Boney Kapoor. It was for a reason that I didn't make films in India.

Announcing Sridevi's name, jury head Shekhar Kapur said, "The best actress is Sridevi for Mom and I promise you it is not my relationship with her". Fahadh Faasil won the best supporting actor award for Malayalam film "Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum".

'She was always a perfectionist and it showed in all the 300 plus films she did.

Sridevi in a still from Mom. Category suited the bill right for the film as audience as already awarded it as the most entertaining film of all time and box office numbers would suggest that opinion. The film's cast also included Ashok Kumar (in a cameo) Bob Christo, Aftab Shivdasani (as a child artiste) and Annu Kapoor.

In less than a few hours after the 65th National Awards were announced and she received a Special Mention for her role in Take Off, Parvathy Thiruvoth Kottuvata performed her most special act.

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