The 65th National Film Awards 2018 ceremony was held at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi. Late legendary actor Sridevi won the Best Actress Award for her role in Hindi film ‘Mom’. Her husband Boney Kapoor and their daughters Khushi & Jhanvi Kapoor accepted the award. Late superstar actor Vinod Khanna was awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, received by his son Akshaye Khanna and wife Kavita Khanna.
President Ram Nath Kovind, I&B Minister Smriti Irani and I&B State Minister Colonel Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore gave away the prestigious awards.
A short AV on Vinod Khanna’s life and career was also shown at the ceremony with special comments from Amitabh Bachchan, Gulzar, JP Dutta, Hema Malini and his wife Kavita. “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 Khanna said in an interview.
“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,” Boney Kapoor exclaimed.
What a proud yet heart rending day for both families!!