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65th National Film Awards 2018: Sridevi’s family collects award from President Kovind

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The 65th National Film Awards 2018 ceremony has begun at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi on Thursday amid controversy. More than 60 National Film Awards recipients today said they will skip the ceremony this evening because President Ram Nath Kovind will be presenting only 11 awards, a departure from established tradition.

The artistes from across the country have written a letter addressed to the Directorate of Film Festival, Office of the President of India and the Information and Broadcasting Ministry to express their disappointment. They said they were “disheartened” on being informed at the last minute that the president will present only 11 awards. The rest will receive it from Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani.

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