Veteran actress Sridevi, who starred in over 300 films made in Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, Malayalam, and Kannada, has been conferred the National Award for Best Actress for her stirring performance in the Ravi Udyawar directorial ‘Mom’ (2010). The movie, which released on 7th July 2017, saw the seasoned actress in the role of a mother who goes all out to avenge the rape of her stepdaughter. Unfortunately, ‘Mom’ turned out to be her last cinematic outing before the iconic actress breathed her last on 24th February 2018. With this win, Sridevi has become the first actress in the history of Indian cinema, who has been awarded the National Award for Best Actress trophy posthumously.
Right after the coveted awards were announced by the jury, Sridevi’s husband Boney Kapoor and daughters, Jhanvi and Khushi Kapoor issued a statement expressing their joy and thanking the government for honouring the late actress.
“We are overjoyed to know that the Jury has conferred the Best Actor Award to Sridevi for her performance in ‘Mom’. It’s a very special moment for all of us. She was always a perfectionist and it showed in all the 300 plus films she did. She was not just a Super Actor but a Super Wife and a Super Mom. It’s time to celebrate her life and her achievements. She is not with us today but her legacy will always live on. We thank the Government of India, the Hon’ble Jury Members for this honour. We also take this opportunity to thank all our friends, her fans who have been sending us congratulatory messages,” read the statement.
Besides Sridevi, the jury of the prestigious 65th National Film Awards, headed by ace filmmaker Shekhar Kapur, has also honoured veteran actor Vinod Khanna posthumously. Khanna, who passed away on 27th April 2017, was honoured with Dadasaheb Phalke Award almost a year after his death.
The National Awards ceremony will be held on May 3.