65th National Film Awards


President Ram Nath Kovind presented the 65th National Film Awards at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi. However, this year, controversy engulfed the National Film Awards as more than 60 awardees boycotted the ceremony. In a historic first, the President of India presented the National Film Awards to just 11 of the 137 winners; remaining awards were handed over by the Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Smriti Irani and MoS Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore.

The 65th National Film Awards were announced on April 13, 2017 by the jury headed by renowned filmmaker Shekhar Kapur.

The other members of the jury panel are screenwriter Imtiaz Hussain, lyricist Mehboob, South Indian actress Gautami Tadimalla, Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, Kannada director P Sheshadri, Ranjit Das, Rajesh Mapuskar, Rumi Jaffrey and Tripurari Sharma.

This year, Amit V Masurkar’s ‘Newton’ movie won the Best Hindi language film award, while Pankaj Tripathi received a special mention for his performance in the same film.

• Ganesh Acharya won the award for Best Choreography for the song ‘Goli Tu Lath maar’ in ‘Toilet Ek Prem Katha’.

• The movie ‘Baahubali: The Conclusion’ by SS Rajamouli won in three categories- Best Action Direction, Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment and Best Special Effects.

• Sridevi was posthumously awarded with the Best Actress award for her movie ‘Mom’ and theDada Saheb Phalke Award went to late veteran actor Vinod Khanna, who died on April 2, 2017.

List of awardees :



Best Feature Film

Village Rockstar (Assamese)

Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of a Director


Best Film on social issue


Best Children’s Film


Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment

Baahubali 2: The Conclusion

Best Director

Jayaraj for Bhayanakam

Best Actor


Riddhi Sen for Nagarkirtan

Best Actress

Sridevi for Mom

Best Supporting Actor

Fahad Faasil for Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum

Best Supporting Actress

Divya Dutta for Irada

Best Child Artist

Neeta Das for Village Rockstar

Best Male Playback Singer


Best Regional Film


Best Jasari Film


Best Tulu Film


Best Tamil Film

To Let

Best Gujarati Film


Best Telugu Film


Best Marathi Film

Kaccha Limbu 

Best Malayalam Film

Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum

Best Kannada Film

Hebbettu Ramakka

Best Hindi Film


Best Bengal Film


Best Assamese Film


Best Special Effects

Baahubali 2: The Conclusion

Best Music Direction

AR Rahman for Kaatru Veliyidai

Best Film on Environment Conservation/ Preservation


Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration


Dada Saheb Phalke Award

Vinod Khanna

Special Mentions

Pankaj Tripathi (Newton), Parvathy (Take Off), Prakruti Mishra (Hello Arsi), Yasharaj Karhade (Mhorkya)