President of India Presents 65th National Film Awards

President of India Presents 65th National Film Awards; Says our Films are one of our Foremost Cultural Exports and an Important Device for Connecting the Global Indian Community 


The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, presented the 65th National Film Awards today (May 3, 2018) in New Delhi.



Speaking on the occasion, the President said that our films both represent and contribute to the diversity that is India’s biggest strength. In their narrative our films inspire us to stay true to the ideals of our civilisation and of our shared society. They educate and they entertain. They also hold a mirror to the social challenges that we still have to overcome. And they do this in a language that is universal.

The President said that films are made in a variety of languages in India, from Bhojpuri to Tamil, Marathi to Malayalam to several others. And yet cinema is a language in itself. Hindi cinema has probably done more than any other institution to popularise Hindi as a language across the country. One doesn’t have to be a Bengali to appreciate the humanism and the nuance of a Satyajit Ray or a Ritwik Ghatak. We need not know Telugu to be mesmerised by the epic of “Bahubali”. And let us not forget that A.R. Rahman – who has won the National Award again – made an early impression even among those who did not understand the Tamil words of the songs, but were nevertheless enchanted by his music.

The President said that cinema is culture and cinema is also commerce. The Indian film industry is among the largest in the world, with about 1,500 films a year. It is an expression of Indian soft power and has a trans-continental footprint. Our films are watched and appreciated in Japan and Egypt, China and the United States, Russia and Australia and so many far-off countries. Films are one of our foremost cultural exports and an important device for connecting the global Indian community to the rhythms of life back home.

The President said that we are living in exciting and transformational times for cinema and for the wider entertainment economy. Technology has changed the way films are made as well as the way they are consumed. With the advent of low-cost data and smart phones and tablets, there is a clear shift in viewership patterns. The Indian film industry is adapting to these changes and he was sure it would continue to devise strategies to convert challenges into opportunities. Filmmakers could also find that the economics and the delivery of niche productions will become increasingly feasible. Hopefully this will encourage them to raise the bar.



The President, Shri Ram Nath Kovind presenting the Swarna Kamal Award to the director Rima Das, for best Assamese feature film – VILLAGE ROCKSTARS, at the 65th National Film Awards Function, in New Delhi on May 03, 2018.

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The President, Shri Ram Nath Kovind presenting the Best Actor Award to Riddhi Sen for the Bengali feature film – NAGARKIRTAN, at the 65th National Film Awards Function, in New Delhi on May 03, 2018. 

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The President, Shri Ram Nath Kovind presenting the Best Actress Award to Sridevi (posthumous), the award received by her husband Boney Kapoor and daughters Janhvi Kapoor & Khushi Kapoor, at the 65th National Film Awards Function, in New Delhi on May 03, 2018. 

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The President, Shri Ram Nath Kovind presenting the Rajat Kamal Award to A.R. Rahman (Best Music Direction), at the 65th National Film Awards Function, in New Delhi on May 03, 2018. 
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The President, Shri Ram Nath Kovind presenting the Rajat Kamal Award to Padma Vibhushan Dr. K.J. Yesudas (Best Male Playback Singer) for the film VISWASAPOORVAM MANSOOR (Malayalam), at the 65th National Film Awards Function, in New Delhi on May 03, 2018.

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The President, Shri Ram Nath Kovind presenting the Indira Gandhi Award for best debut film of a Director to Pampally for the feature film – SINJAR (Jasari), at the 65th National Film Awards Function, in New Delhi on May 03, 2018. 
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The President, Shri Ram Nath Kovind presenting the Swarna Kamal Award to Nagraj Manjule (Best Direction) for the Non-feature film – PAVASACHA NIBANDHA, at the 65th National Film Awards Function, in New Delhi on May 03, 2018.

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 The President, Shri Ram Nath Kovind presenting the Swarna Kamal Award to Bobby Washengbam (Best Book on Cinema), at the 65th National Film Awards Function, in New Delhi on May 03, 2018. 
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he President, Shri Ram Nath Kovind presenting the Nargis Dutt Award to Sumatial Popatla Shah for Best Feature Film on National Integration – DHAPPA, at the 65th National Film Awards Function, in New Delhi on May 03, 2018. 
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The President, Shri Ram Nath Kovind presenting the Dada Saheb Phalke Award to Veteran Actor Vinod Khanna (posthumous), the award received by his wife Ms. Kavita Khanna and son Akshay Khanna, at the 65th National Film Awards Function, in New Delhi on May 03, 2018.

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The Union Minister for Textiles and Information & Broadcasting, Smt. Smriti Irani presenting the Rajat Kamal Award to Ganesh Acharya (Best Choreography) for the Hindi film -TOILET EK PREM KATHA, at the 65th National Film Awards Function, in New Delhi on May 03, 2018. 

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The Union Minister for Textiles and Information & Broadcasting, Smt. Smriti Irani presenting the Rajat Kamal Award to Sankalp (Best Telgu Film) for the Feature film – GHAZI, at the 65th National Film Awards Function, in New Delhi on May 03, 2018.

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The Union Minister for Textiles and Information & Broadcasting, Smt. Smriti Irani presenting the Rajat Kamal Award to Ajaya Routray (Best Odiya Film) for the Feature film – HELLO ARSI, at the 65th National Film Awards Function, in New Delhi on May 03, 2018. 

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The Union Minister for Textiles and Information & Broadcasting, Smt. Smriti Irani presenting the Rajat Kamal Award to Varun Shah (Best Debut Film of a Director) for the Non-Feature film – WATERBABY, at the 65th National Film Awards Function, in New Delhi on May 03, 2018.

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he Union Minister for Textiles and Information & Broadcasting, Smt. Smriti Irani presenting the Rajat Kamal Award to Sudha Dutta and Madhu Chandra (Best Arts/Cultural Film) for the Non-Feature film – GIRJA, A Lifetime in Music, at the 65th National Film Awards Function, in New Delhi on May 03, 2018.

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The Union Minister for Textiles and Information & Broadcasting, Smt. Smriti Irani presenting the Rajat Kamal Award to Teenaa Kaur (Best Investigative Film) for the Non-Feature film – 1984, WHEN THE SUN DIDN’T RISE, at the 65th National Film Awards Function, in New Delhi on May 03, 2018. 
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The Union Minister for Textiles and Information & Broadcasting, Smt. Smriti Irani presenting the Rajat Kamal Award to Teenaa Kaur (Best Investigative Film) for the Non-Feature film – 1984, WHEN THE SUN DIDN’T RISE, at the 65th National Film Awards Function, in New Delhi on May 03, 2018.

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The Union Minister for Textiles and Information & Broadcasting, Smt. Smriti Irani presenting the Rajat Kamal Award to Farha Khatun (Best Film on Social Issues) for the Non-Feature film – I AM BONNIE (Shared), at the 65th National Film Awards Function, in New Delhi on May 03, 2018. 
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The Union Minister for Textiles and Information & Broadcasting, Smt. Smriti Irani presenting the Rajat Kamal Award to Satyender Prakash (Best Adventure Film) for the Non-Feature film – LADAKH CHALE RICKSHAWALA, at the 65th National Film Awards Function, in New Delhi on May 03, 2018. 
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The Union Minister for Textiles and Information & Broadcasting, Smt. Smriti Irani presenting the Rajat Kamal Award to Bhupender Kainthola (Best Film on Family Values/Special Jury) for the Non-Feature film –MONDAY (Shared), at the 65th National Film Awards Function, in New Delhi on May 03, 2018.

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The Union Minister for Textiles and Information & Broadcasting, Smt. Smriti Irani presenting the Rajat Kamal Award to Tenzin Kunchok (Best Editing) for the Non-Feature film – MRITYUBHOJ-THE DEATH FEAST, at the 65th National Film Awards Function, in New Delhi on May 03, 2018. 
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The Union Minister for Textiles and Information & Broadcasting, Smt. Smriti Irani presenting the Rajat Kamal Award to Jayaraj (Special Mention) for the Non-Feature film – REBIRTH, at the 65th National Film Awards Function, in New Delhi on May
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The Union Minister for Textiles and Information & Broadcasting, Smt. Smriti Irani presenting the Rajat Kamal Award to Rukshana Tabassum (Special Mention) for the Non-Feature film – THE CAKE STORY, at the 65th National Film Awards Function, in New Delhi on May 03, 2018. 
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The Union Minister for Textiles and Information & Broadcasting, Smt. Smriti Irani presenting the Rajat Kamal Award to Swapnil Vasant Kapure (Special Mention) for the Non-Feature film – BHAR DUPARI, at the 65th National Film Awards Function, in New Delhi on May 03, 2018. 

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The Union Minister for Textiles and Information & Broadcasting, Smt. Smriti Irani presenting the Rajat Kamal Award to Francois Castellino (Best Narration/Voice Over) for the Non-Feature film – THE LION OF LADDAK, at the 65th National Film Awards Function, in New Delhi on May 03, 2018.
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The Union Minister for Textiles and Information & Broadcasting, Smt. Smriti Irani presenting the Rajat Kamal Award to Divya Dutta (Best Supporting Actress) for the Hindi film - IRADA, at the 65th National Film Awards Function, in New Delhi on May 03, 2018.
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