Returning to the issue of the winners who skipped the event, it is speculated that many do not want to accept an award from Smriti Irani, and had, therefore, insisted on the President to give out all the award. She was always a perfectionist and it showed in all the 300 plus films she did.
Actor Akshaye Khanna, too, reached Delhi to collect the Dadasaheb Phalke Award bestowed on his father, Vinod Khanna.
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This happens to be Sridevi's first National Award and she has won it for her performance in the movie MOM which turned out be the actress' last movie. On Thursday, the actress' family reached the Vigyan Bhawan to collect the award. Accepting the award on his dad Vinod Khanna's behalf, Akshaye said, "Very humbling for me as his son to receive the award, it is a very proud moment for us", victor of the Best Supporting Actor (Female) for Irada, Divya Dutta too arrived with her siblings.
Apart from them, actor Pankaj Tripathi, Divya Dutta, choreographer Ganesh Acharya and others are present to receive the prestigious award. "It's a very proud moment at the same time". Her family had arrived to receive the award on her behalf. Accessorising with a pair of matching jhumkis and kadas, the starlet kept it simple yet elegant and we can't help but think of the grace and elan with which Sridevi used to carry her saris. Water baby has been adjudged the best non-feature film on the year. We miss her, it is a very proud moment at the same time. We are grateful to the government of India for the award.
The National Awards are presented by the Directorate of Film Festivals annually to honour the finest films of Indian cinema.