Two months after she died tragically, Sridevi’s daughters Janhvi and Khushi and husband Boney Kapoor collected the late star’s Best Actress National Award of India at a ceremony in New Delhi’s Vigyan Bhawan on Thursday.
Janhvi, an aspiring actress, wore one of her mother’s sarees for what designer Manish Malhotra described on social media as an “emotional and precious moment.” Sridevi, who drowned in Dubai in February, was honoured with her first ever National Award posthumously – she won Best Actress for her role in 2017 movie MOM, in which she played a mother seeking revenge for her daughter’s rape. Ahead of the ceremony, Janhvi Kapoor told reporters, “I want to thank the jury and the government of India for recognising the hard work my mother has done. It is very special for us as a family,” reports news agency PTI.
Other awardees included Assamese Film Village Rockstars, which won the National Award for Best Film while Riddhi Sen won Best Actor for his performance in Bengali film Nagar Kirtan. Rajkummar Rao’s Newton won Best Hindi Film Award while crowd favourite Baahubali: The Conclusion also won in three categories.
Sridevi’s family flew into New Delhi for National Awards rehearsals a day ago. Speaking to DD News, Boney Kapoor said, “She would have been happy, very happy being here. We feel elated, proud that she’s been recognised for the hard work she’s put in in this film.” Before the ceremony, he said “I wish she was here. She truly deserved this award. It’s so unfortunate that she is not here with us today to celebrate. I am grateful to the government of India, the I&B Ministry and the jury. It is a proud moment for all of us but sadly she is not here,” reports PTI.
The National Awards were presented by President Ram Nath Kovind, Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Minister Smriti Irani, Minister of State, I&B, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and I&B Secretary Narendra Kumar Sinha.