Today, the 65th National Awards were announced for which late actress, Sridevi posthumously won the Best Actress Award for her film Mom that also starred Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Akshaye Khanna and Pakistani actors, Sajal Aly and Adnan Siddiqui in pivotal roles. Sadly, the actress is not around to celebrate the win as she passed away on February 24 this year due to accidental drowning in Dubai. She played the titular role in Mom that was a revenge thriller. The story was based on a mother avenging the rape of her daughter, who was played by Aly in the film. This was the actress’ third film after a long gap, with English Vinglish and Puli being the first two.
Mom was one of the best performances of the late actress. Not only was the film lauded by the critics, it was also appreciated greatly by the fans. After Sridevi was announced as the Best Actress, Mom director Ravi Udyawar said, ” Wow, she deserves it. I’m really happy it’s a great news for me because it was our film. She had done a fabulous job. We all are missing her now.”
Sridevi was in Dubai with her husband, Boney, and daughter, Khushi Kapoor, attending her nephew, Mohit Marwah‘s wedding. However, she stayed back while her husband and daughter returned to Mumbai. In the late night hours of February 24, the 54-year-old actress was found motionless in the bathtub by her husband who had gone back to surprise her. Sridevi was rushed to Dubai’s Rashid Hospital but was declared brought dead. On February 28, the family conducted her last rights and funeral on a large scale, which was attended by hundreds and thousands of her fans, and colleagues from the film industry. She was cremated with full state honours, wrapping her mortal remains with a tricolour. In Memoriam section of the Academy Awards, paid its tribute to the iconic actress, by including her pic in their montage of photos of the deceased celebs.