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Honoured and humbled, say National Film Award winners

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The National Award winners reacted with surprise and elation as their name was announced today but it came as a bitter-sweet moment for the family members of Sridevi, who was named the best posthumously for her role in "Mom".

Sridevi's producer-husband became emotional to know about her win at the 65th National Awards.

"Thank you. I just wish she was here today to see this," Boney told when reached out for a reaction.

Her daughters and Khushi, thanked the government of India, jury members and fans for celebrating her achievements.

"We are overjoyed to know that the jury has conferred the best award to for her performance in Mom'. It's a very special moment for all of us. She was always a perfectionist and it showed in all the 300 plus films she did.

"She was not just a super but a super wife and a super It's time to celebrate her life and her achievements. She is not with us today but her legacy will always live on."

The died in February this year at the age of 54. "Mom" was her 300th

"It was not because of the relationship we shared but because she was the most deserving candidate for her portrayal in 'Mom'," said Shekhar Kapur, this year's feature film jury head, said. He had worked with in 1987 film "Mr India".

Her "Mom" co-star, Pakistani actor Adnan Siddiqui, told PTI, "I am not surprised, she deserved more. She deserves each and every award of the world. From a till her last film. I am happy that she got a send off at the state level. But I am saddened that she got the award when she is not here today."

Actor Divya Dutta, who was named the best supporting for her role in "Irada" said it was great to finally win the award as people always believed that she was a winner.

"I just heard about it is it true? It is my first national award. Everyone has been thinking I am a national award winning and today it has finally come true," Divya told

"National awards tell you that there are films that need to be seen. This will pave the way for viewing such films. I had shot for this film after my mother died so I was in a very disturbed state of mind, I gave it my all," she added.

Pankaj Tripathi, who received a special mention at the National Awards for his role in the "Newton", said it was a moment of celebration for him.

"I am absolutely delighted. I had no idea I was even in the running. It feels amazing to know that the whole country thought my role in 'Newton' was one of my best and to win at the highest film awards in is just exhilarating. My and co-actors made it so easy for me to act in this film," he said.

Actor Taapsee Pannu, who had a special appearance in "Ghazi" said it was "ecstatic" that the film had won the best Telugu film award.

The team of "Newton", which bagged the award for the best Hindi film, said they are overjoyed with the honour.

"It's a huge achievement for all of us. 'Newton' is such a unique and special film. It's a film that has been made with purity and honesty," Rajkummar Rao, who is already a National award winner, said.

"It is a big thing, it is a very proud moment for me. I would like to thank Akshay Kumar, the and the producer. For me, this is like an Akshay is very happy for me," Ganesh Acharya, who won the best award for "Toilet: Ek Prem Katha", told

of the best Marathi film winner "Kaccha Limbu", Prasad Oak, told PTI, "This award is very very special as I have got it for my debut film. It is a dream come true. It is an achievement for the entire team.

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First Published: Fri, April 13 2018. 15:10 IST