The winners of the 65th National Film Awards were announced on Friday. Here are Silverscreen’s reviews of some of the National Award winning movies:
Of the many things about Village Rockstars, the Assamese indie film wonder that has been gathering love and accolades at many film festivals across the world, the most fascinating is the gleaming optimism that it proudly wears on its sleeve.
Newton presents a conundrum that probably everyone in their lives faces at least once in their lifetime – be doggedly part of the system and go by the rule book or wrap yourself with the cloak of cynicism and disdain. Nutan Kumar (Rajkummar Rao), who insists on calling himself Newton, meets with this conundrum when he takes up the duty of a presiding election officer.
Dileesh Pothan’s Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum is an astute tale of a theft. A newly-wed woman is robbed of her wedding chain while she is travelling in a state transport bus through a new, unfamiliar region. She sees a pale young man stealing, and then swallowing the chain. Her husband, a meek villager, awkwardly requests the thief to return the chain, while fellow passengers enthusiastically surround the suspect, manhandle him, and take him to the local police station.
The Ghazi Attack is all bristling righteousness and patriotism. The film moves swiftly as the narrative pans from the internal struggle between the Captain (Kay Kay Menon hamming it up as Captain Rann Vijay) and his minder (Rana Daggubati as the stern-jawed Arjun), and over to the silent battle of wits between the Indian ship and the Pakistani one.
Baahubali 2, The Conclusion begins much like the beginning did. The Godmother is walking to a destination that is sacred, a pot of fire on her head. One misstep, just one, is a bad omen. People cheer her along the way. The camera focuses on her feet.