Director Ramesh Sippy, along with director-actor Satish Kaushik, on Monday gave the recommendations for the 63rd National Awards for films to the information and broadcasting minister Arun Jaitley.
The National Awards for films, which were started as an annual incentive by the government to encourage artistic, competent and meaningful films, have come a long way. Today, they cover the entire national spectrum of Indian cinema, to judge merit by the highest possible yardstick and to become the most coveted and prestigious awards in the country.
Ramesh Sippy chaired the 11-member jury for the selection of movies this year. Apart from strong presence of regional movies, Bollywood, too, has thrown up some interesting choices this year.
This includes Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh-starrer Bajirao Mastani, Kangna Ranaut’s Tanu Weds Manu 2, Piku starring Amitabh Bachchan and Anushka Sharma’s NH 10, Salman Khan’s Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Ayushmann Khurrana’s Dum Laga Ke Haisha.