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New Delhi, May 3 : President Pranab Mukherjee on the 104th anniversary of Indian cinema here on Wednesday, presented the 64th National Film Awards to winners, including eminent film director and actor K. Viswanath who was named for the coveted Dadasaheb Phalke Award.

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Viswanath, 87, received the award with immense pride, and offered “pranaam” to his late parents. He thanked the Almighty, government officials, jury members and his fans for their love, as the audience gave him a standing ovation.

The presentation saw a plethora of talent from different parts of the country, with the President describing the hall at Vigyan Bhavan as a “mini India” representing the unity and integrity which are unique to the country.

Mukherjee praised how the National Film Award winners are almost a “microcosm” of the diversity in the country, where several regions, religions, languages, cultures and customs thrive.

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Union Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said the award ceremony is a “celebration of cinema which is religion of all religions in our nation”.

Naidu said the ‘Make in India’ theme is being reflected well in recent movies like “Sultan”, “Dangal” and “Baahubali”.

This time, regional cinema talent dominated over Bollywood in the winners’ list.

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When Bollywood action star Akshay Kumar took the stage to receive his first National Award, the audience cheered and stood up to applaud his achievement.

Akshay won the Best Actor honour for “Rustom”, and his wife Twinkle who was in the audience seemed emotional.

From Bollywood, there was also actress Sonam Kapoor who won a Special Mention for her role in “Neerja”, which was named the Best Hindi Film. Her father Anil Kapoor displayed childlike excitement as he stood up to capture the special moment.

Malayalam actress Surabhi C.M. received the Best Actress award for “Minnaminungu – the Firefly” at the evening, which saw performances by Best Playback Singer award winners Sundharayyar and Iman Chakraborty.

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The six industries of the south — Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Tulu and Konkani — bagged a total of 18 awards, while movies from Assam, Bengal, Maharashtra and Manipur also won in different categories.

Marathi film “Kasaav” won the Best Feature Film; filmmaker Rajesh Mapuskar was named as the Best Director for “Ventilator” and the Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment Award was given to Telugu film “Sathamanam Bhavathi”.

The Best Film on Social Issues was given to Bollywood film “Pink”, while Nagesh Kukunoor collected the Best Children’s Film honour for “Dhanak”.

The Supporting Actors category saw Kashmiri girl Zaira Wasim and Manoj Joshi winning for their performances in “Dangal” and “Dashakriya” respectively.

There were special mentions for films “Kadvi Hawa” and “Mukti Bhawan” as well as for actor actor Adil Hussain for “Mukti Bhawan” and “Maj Rati Keteki”. Veteran actor Mohanlal was chosen for a Special Jury Award for his performance in three films, and he got a standing ovation too.

The Best Special Effects went to Naveen Paul for “Shivaay”, while the Best Animation Film was won by “Mahayoddha Rama”.

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Other awards included: Best Film on Environment Conservation/ Preservation for Manipuri movie “Loktak Lairembee”, Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration for Assamese movie “Dikchow Banat Palaax”; and Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of a Director went to Deep Choudhury for Bengali film “Alifa”.

A new award that has been constituted is Best Action Director (Stunt Choreography), which was won by Peter Hein for Malayalam film “Pulimurugam”.

The awards were also presented for the non-feature film category and for best writing on cinema.

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After getting ‘ticket’ to legislature, Urmila Matondkar joins Shiv Sena

Matondkar quit the Congress in a huff on September 10 last year, alleging party infighting, post-defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections at the hands of Bharatiya Janata Party’s Gopal Shetty in Mumbai North constituency.

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Mumbai, Dec 1 : In Indian politics, prominent personalities or leaders usually first join a party and then are rewarded with a ticket for legislatures or parliament.

In what is said to be an unprecedented change from the norms, Bollywood actress Urmila Matondkar got a ‘ticket’ first and then officially joined the Shiv Sena, in the presence of senior leaders, here on Tuesday.

Shiv Sena President and Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray accorded Matondkar a warm welcome to the party fold while his wife Rashmi Uddhav Thackeray tied her a thread, ‘Shiv Bandhan’ symbolizing her ties with the new party.

Soon after that, she bowed with folded hands and paid her respects before a wall-portrait of the founder-patriarch of Shiv Sena, the late Balasaheb Thackeray and his wife Meenatai Thackeray, at the Thackeray residence, ‘Matoshri’ in Bandra east.

The development came after Matondkar remained in a ‘denial mode’ for 14 months since she quit the Congress in September 2019, and even after she got a ‘ticket’ from the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) to the Maharashtra Legislature’s upper house.

In anticipation of her joining, the MVA last month (Nov. 2020) recommended Matondkar’s name – along with 11 others of MVA – to Raj Bhavan for a coveted nomination to the Maharashtra Legislative Council from the quota of Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari.

Matondkar quit the Congress in a huff on September 10 last year, alleging party infighting, post-defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections at the hands of Bharatiya Janata Party’s Gopal Shetty in Mumbai North constituency.

Earlier, prior to the October 2019 Maharashtra Assembly polls, there was intense speculation that she would join either the Shiv Sena, Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party or even Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, but she had scoffed it as rumours.

An outspoken person known for her bold stand on various issues, a couple of months ago, she and actress Kangana Ranaut were engaged in a verbal scuffle after the latter made certain remarks targeting Matondkar on the social media.

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Sonakshi Sinha enjoys a lazy Sunday

The actress had posted a string of pictures on Instagram, and also shared her result of the Open Water Diver Course Final Exam Answer Sheet. The actress scored 100 per cent in the test.

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Mumbai: Actress Sonakshi Sinha is in a mood for a lazy Sunday, and said that she just wants to be on the couch all day.

The Bollywood star took to Instagram to share a glimpse from her “lazy” Sunday with a picture in which she is posing on the couch.

“Gonna be on my couch all day today #lazysunday,” Sonakshi wrote with the picture.

In the image, she is seen resting on a blue couch, and channels a casual look in an all-denim avatar, with a white top.

Earlier this week, Sonakshi shared moments from her vacation in the Maldives. She also announced that she is a licensed scuba diver.

The actress had posted a string of pictures on Instagram, and also shared her result of the Open Water Diver Course Final Exam Answer Sheet. The actress scored 100 per cent in the test.

“Knighted by the holy fins! I am now a licensed scuba diver… something i have been wanting to do for years, and finally got down to it! My love for the ocean has just grown ever since my first snorkel experience and this is taking it to a whole new level…” Sonakshi captioned the images.

Sonakshi will next be seen in “Bhuj: The Pride Of India”. The war action film, based on a true story, also stars Ajay Devgn, Sanjay Dutt, Ammy Virk, Nora Fatehi and Sharad Kelkar. It is set during the Indo-Pak war of 1971.

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Watch: Former actress Sana Khan goes out for car ride with husband Anas Sayied

Sana Khan made her debut in Bollywood with ‘Yehi Hai High Society’ in 2005. She later went on to star in movies like ‘Halla Bol’, ‘Jai Ho’, ‘Wajah Tum Ho’ and ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’.

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Former actor and Bigg Boss contestant Sana Khan who recently got hitched with Mufti Aas Sayied in a private ceremony with family in attendance, has found her peace and living her fullest with her husband.

Sana Khan in the video asks Anas Sayied, “kaha leke jaa rahe ho tum mujhe?” To this, Anas replies, “Starbucks ki coffee pini hai na tumhe.” The former actress then shares that they’ve finally come out of their house today. She flaunts the Starbucks coffee cup with ‘Begam’ written over it.“Ye spelling wrong hai aapne bataya nahi unhe?” (The spelling of Begum is wrong, didn’t you tell them?), the new wifey questions her Anas Sayied.

“Maine bataya lekin wo bichara bhi kya karta, begum labz hi pehli dafa suna hoga usne” (I told him but what could that poor person also do. He must have heard the word for the first time in his life), he replied.

Sana had also shared a bunch of pictures from her mehendi ceremony. “Agar mera Ishq itna pak na hota toh meri mehendi ka colour itna dark na hota (Had my love not been true, then my mehendi would not have been so dark) @anas_sayied,” she had captioned her post.

Last month, Sana announced her decision to quit showbiz to ‘serve humanity and follow the order of my Creator’. She said that the ‘real purpose’ of one’s life was not to chase wealth and fame but ‘actually for the betterment of life-after-death’ and that ‘it would be better if the slave lives according to the command of his Creator’.

Sana Khan made her debut in Bollywood with ‘Yehi Hai High Society’ in 2005. She later went on to star in movies like ‘Halla Bol’, ‘Jai Ho’, ‘Wajah Tum Ho’ and ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’.

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