The 65th National Film Awards are to be announced today on Friday.
The jury of the coveted awards is headed by noted filmmaker Shekhar Kapur. The jury panel consists of 10 members including Parinda screenwriter Imtiaz Hussain, lyricist Mehboob, South Indian actress Gautami Tadimalla and Kannada director P Sheshadri.
Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, Ranjit Das, Rajesh Mapuskar, Tripurari Sharma and Rumi Jaffrey are also included in the panel.
Last year, Malayalam industry won big after the actress Surabhi Lakshmi bagged the Best Actress Award, bringing the title to the industry after a gap of many years. The panel was also headed by Mollywood director Priyadarshan.
The awards will be given to the respective winners on May 3, following the schedule like every year.
Here are the LIVE updates on 65th National Film Awards 2018:
11:59 am: Special Mention Awards
Marathi Film- Morkhya
Oriya Film- Hello Mirror
Parvathy, Take Off
Pankaj Tripathi, Newton
11:52 am: Shekhar Kapur is announcing the awards for Best Feature Films category.
11:49 am: Best Critic On Cinema Award goes to Giridhar Jha, Special Mention to Sunil Mishra.
11:47 am: Best Short Film Fiction- Maiyat>
Best Film On Family Values- Happy Birthday.
Best Direction- Pravash Ch Nivandan, Nagraj Manule.
Best Cinematography- Eye Test,Don.
11:46 am: Best Investigative Film- 1984 When The Sun Did Not Rise.
Best Animation Film- Fish Curry, Maachar Jhol
Special Jury Award: The Old Man, Monday
11:45 am: Best Adventure Film: Ladakh Chale Rickshaw Waale.
11:44 am: Non-Feature Films: Best Educational Film The Girls We Were and The Women We Are.
In 2017, Akshay Kumar bagged the National Film Award for Best Actor for his film Rustom while Surabhi Lakshmi for Minnaminungu the Firefly.
Young actress Zaira Wasim won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress in Dangal and Sonam Kapoor won the special mention for her critically-acclaimed performance in Neerja.