National Film Award presented by the union government is the highest award that honours excellence in the field of filmmaking. The presentation ceremony for the 65th National Film Awards was held at New Delhi this evening. However, the awards ceremony has turned controversial.
Around 65 award winners have skipped the presentation ceremony as the President of India Ram Nath Kovind will reportedly give away the awards to only 11 winners. All the winners who have boycotted the ceremony alleged a breach of the 64-year-old tradition where the President gives away awards to all the winners and not a select few.
After the President's exit, most of the awards are handed over by the I&B Minister Smriti Irani, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Narendra Kumar Sinha. From Tollywood, Baahubali The Conclusion had won the Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment award, while Ghazi won the Best Regional Film (Telugu) award.