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President Kovind presents 65th National Film Awards, late Sridevi and Vinod Khanna honoured posthumously
The 65th National Film Awards ceremony presided over by President Ram Nath Kovind was held on May 3 in New Delhi.

Speaking on the occasion, President Kovind said that the Indian films were our foremost cultural exports and an important device for connecting the global Indian community, stated an official release.

The President further said that our films represented and contributed to the diversity that is India's biggest strength aided by their narrative which inspired us to stay true to the ideals of our civilisation and of our shared society.

"I must begin by congratulating each of the 125 award winners, as well as the countless artistes who have worked on the films that are being recognised today. This is a special moment for all of you. I must also make special mention of two actors who are being honoured posthumously – and who are unfortunately not with us anymore. Sridevi is this year's winner of the Best Female Actor Award. And Vinod Khanna has been named for the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for his lifetime contribution. We miss them today, and we will miss them forever," he stated.

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According to President Kovind, Indian films educate and entertain along with holding a mirror to the social challenges that we still had to overcome through universal visual language.

He was of view that with the advent of low-cost data and smart phones and tablets, there is a clear shift in viewership patterns and the film industry was adapting to these changes and devising strategies to convert challenges into opportunities and raise the bar.

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The President ended his speech by congratulating the awardees thus, "That magic is a result of your efforts and your brilliance, of all of you who have won awards today and of your many exceptional colleagues. May you and may our film industry go from strength to strength. To borrow a line from a film that some of you may remember, 'Picture abhi baaki hai' – the best is ahead of us."

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