National Film Awards: ‘Hello Arsi’ best Odia feature film

Bhubaneswar: Director Sambit Mohanty’s ‘Hello Arsi’ won the National Award for the best Odia feature film for the year 2018, as per an announcement made by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting today. Moreover, the movie has also won the award in ‘Special Mentions’ category.

Besides, Ollywood actress Prakruti Mishra has been selected to receive the Special Mention award at the 65th National Awards for her performance in ‘Hello Arsi.’

Reacting to the development, Mishra stated, “I am quite happy. We have done a lot of hard work for ‘Hello Arsi’ and finally got the rewards. ‘Hello Arsi’ has won the Best Film award and the special jury award (Best Actress). I am so happy that I cannot express it in words. On this occasion I would like to remember director Sambit Mohanty, whom we lost a couple of months back. The award has made his dreams comes true.”

She also thanked Producer Ajay Routray, Cinematographer Prashant, co-actor Partha and the entire team of ‘Hello Arsi.’

Because of its simplicity and sensible storyline, the film has been highly acclaimed by critics, she added.

The I&B ministry which announced the awards today, chose Vinod Khanna for the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, while Sridevi will posthumously receive Best Actress award for ‘MOM.’ Newton was adjudged best hindi film at the awards.

The award presentation ceremony will be held in New Delhi on May 3.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik congratulated the ‘Hello Arsi’ team after the announcement of the awards.

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