Newton best film, Vindo Khanna to get Dada Saheb Palke Award, Sridevi best actress for Mom

Bhubaneswar: Hello Arsi (Hello Mirror), an Odia film directed by Late Sambit Mohanty has won the National Award for the best Odia feature film for the year 2018. More importantly, the movie has won the award in ‘Special Mentions’ category.

The union ministry of information and broadcasting (I & B) Friday announced the 65th National Film Awards.

While Newton has been adjudged as the best feature film for the National Award 2018, Vinod Khanna will get the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for his contribution to Indian cinema. Sridevi will receive the best actress award for Mom posthumously.

The award presentation ceremony will be held in New Delhi on May 3.

While Hello Aarsi has bagged the the national award for best Odia feature film, actress Prakruti Mishra has has been selected to receive the ‘Special Mention’ award for her performance in Hello Arsi.

Produced by Ajay Routray, the film has been highly acclaimed by critics because of its simple and sensible storyline.

Jury member Sekhar  Kapoor reportedly said, ” I wouldn’t have dared to make a film on this theme”.

It was after the sudden demise of director Sambit  Mohanty, there was difficulty in completing the  film. However, it was cinematographer Prashantanu Mohapatra who played a key role in completing the film.

Sambil has written the story, screenplay and dialogue of the film. Besides Prakruti Mishra, the film has Partha Sarathi Ray and Priyambada Ray in the star cast. Legendary music composer Akhya Mohanty’s son Mitrabhanu Mohanty has scored the music for the film.

Congratulating the Hello Arsi team, the chief minister  Naveen Patnaik has tweeted ” Congratulations to filmmaker Ajaya Routray & director Sambit Mohanty on National Film Awards for ‘Hello Arsi as Best Odia film. Sambit Mohanty has also won ‘Best Dialogues’ award for the film. Indeed a proud moment for us and the film fraternity of the state. My best wishes”