Amit Masurkar feels Rajkummar Rao deserved the National Award

Amit Masurkar feels Rajkummar Rao deserved the National Award

Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film for National Integration went to Marathi film, Dhappa, while the best original screenplay isThondimuthalum Driksakshiyum. Many had thought he would be getting a second National Award with his big release past year, "Newton" (2017), including his director Amit V. Masurkar, who believes that Rao should of been bestowed with the honor.

Tripathi won the honour for his role in 2017's Newton.

Now the film has bagged the National "Best Hindi Film" Award and Actor Rajkummar Rao is nothing but proud.

NEWTON was also India's pick to represent at the Oscars but did not get nominated.

The 65th National Film Awards announced on Friday by the jury being headed by renowned filmmaker Shekhar Kapur. The Masaan actor was recognised for his spectacular acting in Rajkummar Rao-starrer Newton.

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"I don't think he keeps such expectations. He has worked on four-five films after "Newton"," Masurkar told reporters here. Special Mention Award was given to the Sunil Mishra for his articles on cinema. He said. He also spoke about Pankaj Tripathi's special mention saying, "We are happy that Pankaj ji got special mention".

The Awards are administered by the government's Directorate of Film Festivals.

Sonam Kapoor got a special mention for her portrayal of air stewardess Neerja Bhanot in Neerja. Both Rajkummar and him are busy shooting.

Newton was India's official entry to the Academy Awards too this year, but could not make it to the final nominations.

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