Naidu who gave away the awards to the winners said the ‘family system’ was core to the concept of India and films were important in promoting the ‘right values’ to the audience.
More than 68 winners of the National Film Awards decided to skip the ceremony after it was announced that President Kovind would be felicitating only 11 winners out of the total 137 recipients.
National Film Awards: 'Disheartened' recipients skip ceremony as Smriti Irani distribute most awards
National Film Awards recipients said they were "disheartened" to know that president will present only 11 awards. Rest will receive it from Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani.
Perhaps for the first time since the 80s, the National awards reflect audience's verdict.
Bengali film 'Nagar Kirtan' won big today at the 65th National Film Awards, with four honours to its credit - Special Jury, Best Actor, Best Costume and Best Makeup Artist.
The journalist-turned-filmmaker hoped that with the Award for the Best Film on Social Issues at the 65th National Film Awards 2018, 'Aalorukkam' would be screened in theatres for some more time.