Malayali actress Parvathy, who won the best actress award in the International Film Festival of India, Goa past year for her performance in Take Off, is believed to be a top contender for the award for Best Actress.
The Feature Film Central panel was headed by Shekhar Kapur, an eminent filmmaker known for his works in Hindi cinema and worldwide cinema.
Sridevi's sudden demise on 24th February this year shook the industry and the country with a wave of sorrow. He had worked with Sridevi in 1987 film "Mr India".
Reacting to the announcement, Mom director Ravi Udayawar said, "She deserves it".
"Thank you. I just wish she was here today to see this", Boney told PTI when reached out for a reaction.
Khanna, one of the biggest stars of Hindi films in '70s and '80s, became the 49th recipient of Dadasaheb Phalke award, Indian cinema's highest honour.
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The jury recognised the diversity in Indian cinema by distributing accolades to films belonging to different regional languages.
Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum, Take off, Bhayanakam, S Durga, Alorukkam, Ottamuri Velicham, Angamaly Diaries, Painting Life are in the run for the best film.
The best Children's film was given to the Marathi Movie Mhorkya, directed by Amar Bharat Deokar. Pampally won best debut for "Sinjar".
Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA and Grammy winning composer A.R. Rahman won music awards for "Kaatru Veliyidai" and "Mom". "My director and co-actors made it so easy for me to act in this film". It was also recognised as the best film in Jasari langauge.
It feels wonderful to know that the whole country thought my role in Newton was one of my best and to win the Special Mention Award at the highest film award in India is just exhilarating.
Ganesh Acharya won the choreography award for the Hindi film "Toilet: Ek Prem Katha".