Boney Kapoor with daughters Janhvi Kapoor and Khushi Kapoor arrive for the 65th National Awards in New Delhi. The National Film Awards were presented but protests over the President handing over the honour to only a select set of winners cast a shadow over the 65th edition of the highest government recognition for the film industry with many of the recipients staying away. All pictures/Pallav Paliwal
Sridevi has been posthumously bestowed with the Best Actress Award for her phenomenal performance in the film Mom. While the list of National Film Awards was announced on April 13, the awardees were felicitated with the trophies on May 3. While accepting the National Film Award for mother Sridevi is an emotional and precious moment for daughter Janhvi Kapoor, she chose to wear her mother's personal saree for the occasion
Janhvi Kapoor looked radiant in the off-white and pink silk saree. Talking about it, designer and a close friend of the late actress, Sridevi, Manish Malhotra took to his Instagram account to share about Janhvi wearing her mom's saree. He wrote, "The very pretty @janhvikapoor as she goes to Receive Sridevi Ma'am's Much Deserved National Award for her fabulous performance in Mom' ... An Actress and a human being and the friend that we all miss every day of our life's ... #jhanvikapoor in her Mom s personel Saree for this emotional and precious moment .., #kushikapoor #boneykapoor #manishmalhotraworld @mmalhotraworld (sic)."
Boney Kapoor got emotional after accepting Sridevi's award from the President. The filmmaker had earlier stated that, "We are proud of her, she truly deserved it. She always gave her best for all her films. Sadly she is not around to accept it. But we are proud of it."
After the award was announced, Boney Kapoor in a statement said, "Today, we, as a family, do not know whether we should celebrate or not. We don't know if we should feel elated, laugh with joy, or cry while remembering her. The National Award has come posthumously, but it's something we cherish while remembering her for the artiste that she was. She was a perfectionist, and that was evident in all the 300-plus films she did. It's time to celebrate her achievements. Her legacy will always live on."
For a superstar who had dedicated over 40 years of her life to films, it is only fitting that her husband Boney Kapoor wishes to pay a cinematic tribute to her. As rumours of Kapoor registering the titles - Sri, Sridevi and Sri Ma'am - with the Title Registration Committee of the Indian Motion Picture Producers' Association (IMPPA) did the rounds yesterday, the producer confirmed to mid-day that he is indeed keen on making a movie on India's first female superstar
"I have registered three titles, but I cannot categorically reveal what they are. It's too premature to talk about it," said Boney Kapoor. With a career that saw 300 films and multiple awards, Kapoor agrees that the late superstar Sridevi's journey in the world of cinema is a story that deserves to be told on the big screen. "There are plans to make a film, but I can't tell you whether it will be a biopic or documentary. I don't see the need to rush into anything. Whenever there is any further development, everyone will come to know about it."
Akshaye Khanna, who received his father Vinod Khanna's posthumous Dadasaheb Phalke Award, said it is a "bittersweet moment" for the family. "We are really proud as a family. It is a bittersweet moment for us. I wish my father was here to receive this award. I am missing him. It is an emotional day for us," Akshaye told PTI. The Mom star was accompanied by Kavita Daftary at the ceremony. Vinod Khanna, who died on April 27 last year at the age of 70 after battling cancer, was active in Bollywood till the very end
From Left to right: Khushi Kapoor, Janhvi Kapoor, Boney Kapoor, Akshaye Khanna and Kavita Daftary pose for the photographers at the ceremony
A.R. Rahman arrives with wife Saira Banu arrive for the 65th National Film Awards ceremony in New Delhi
A.R Rahman was conferred with Best Music Direction for Kaatru Veliyidai and Best Background score for Sridevi-starrer Mom
Boney Kapoor along with daughters Janhvi Kapoor and Khushi Kapoor and host of other celebrities attended the 65th National Film Awards ceremony in Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi. Boney Kapoor got emotional as he accepted the award on behalf of late wife Sridevi. We have pictures