With the 65th National Film Awards ceremony finding itself in the middle of a controversy, Boney Kapoor who had attended the function to receive his late wife Sridevi’s ‘Best Actress’ award, on Thursday downplayed the “fuss.” In an interview, Kapoor said, “I would have been equally happy if the Minister of Information and Broadcasting had given me the award. It is ultimately the recognition of your work. I don’t understand what the fuss is about. There is no harm in receiving the award by the concerned ministry.”
For those of you who don’t know, more than 68 winners of the 65th National Film Awards decided to skip the ceremony yesterday after it was announced that President Ram Nath Kovind would be felicitating only 11 winners out of the total 137 recipients. Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani and Union Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore were entrusted with the responsibility of giving away the remaining awards.
Boney, however, was almost in tears to see late Sridevi being felicitated for her brilliant contribution to cinema. Calling it a lifetime memorable moment, he said “I am extremely happy and proud. This is what she’s got after working for 50 years in the industry; she would have cherished this award all her life. This is the highest honour. We miss her and today we miss her even more. I would have preferred, she going and accepting the award and me and my children sitting down and clapping for her.”
Daughters Janhvi and Khushi Kapoor too were present at the ceremony to collect the Best Actress award for their legendary mother. Ace designer Manish Malhotra shared on Instagram that for the special occasion, Janhvi chose to wear her mother’s sari. ALSO READ: 65th National Film Awards: It Is A Very Proud Moment For Us, Says Boney Kapoor
The Dadasaheb Phalke Award is India’s highest honour in the field of cinema. It is presented annually at the National Film Awards ceremony by the Directorate of Film Festivals, an organisation set up by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.