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President of India presented the 69th National Film Awards in New Delhi

The 69th National Film Awards in different categories were presented by Smt Droupadi Murmu, the President of India, at a ceremony held in New Delhi. During this event, the esteemed President bestowed the highly esteemed Dadasaheb Phalke Lifetime Achievement Award for the year 2021 upon Ms Waheeda Rehman.

President of India on X: "President Droupadi Murmu presented 69th National Film Awards in New Delhi. She also conferred Dadasaheb Phalke Lifetime Achievement Award for the year 2021 on Ms Waheeda Rehman.

The President extended her sincere congratulations to Ms. Waheeda Rehman for her remarkable achievement in being honored with the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award. She emphasized that her remarkable talent and charismatic persona have propelled her to the highest echelon of the film industry. Furthermore, she commended her for gracefully leading her personal life, adorned with dignity, self-assurance, and true authenticity. Ms. Rehman’s film choices, specifically those that challenged societal norms imposed upon women, have shattered barriers and set a profound example. It serves as a reminder that women themselves have the capacity to initiate and drive the cause of women’s empowerment.

President of India on X: "President Droupadi Murmu presented 69th National Film Awards in New Delhi. She also conferred Dadasaheb Phalke Lifetime Achievement Award for the year 2021 on Ms Waheeda Rehman.

The President acknowledged the commendable acting skills of Pallavi Joshi, Alia Bhatt, and Kriti Sanon, who have all been honored with awards for their outstanding performances. These talented artists have adeptly portrayed empowered female characters in their respective films. Furthermore, the President expressed her contentment at the remarkable depiction of the indomitable spirit of an octogenarian woman in the critically acclaimed movie, ‘Ek Tha Gaon’, directed by Srishti Lakhera. The President emphasized that the sympathetic and artistic portrayal of female characters has the potential to foster heightened sensitivity and respect for women within society.

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The President expressed contentment in acknowledging that the 69th National Film Awards award-winning films shed light on critical concerns such as climate change, the trafficking of girls, the subjugation of women, corruption, and social exploitation. Additionally, she highlighted the production of commendable films covering diverse topics, including the deep connection between tribal communities and nature, the promotion of Mahatma Gandhi’s ideals, resilience in the face of challenges, the transformative influence of education, and notable accomplishments in the field of art and culture.


The President emphasized that films are not merely a business or entertainment industry but rather a powerful means of spreading awareness and sensitivity. She stated that films hold immense significance in reflecting the accomplishments and challenges faced by society and the country.

According to the President, the film fraternity plays a crucial role in acquainting us with the diverse reality of Indian society through their creations. She highlighted that cinema serves as both a testimony of our society and a vehicle to instigate positive change. Additionally, she commended cinema artists for their potential to act as catalysts for transformation and for their ability to provide valuable information about the nation while fostering connections among citizens.

The President asserted that it is imperative for Indian films to act as carriers of the country’s social diversity and rich cultural heritage. She emphasized that such films not only contribute to the welfare of the nation and society but also have the potential for commercial success. In light of this, she called upon the film fraternity to undertake this endeavor with unwavering determination.

The President acknowledged and commended all those affiliated with the acclaimed films at the 69th National Film Awards in New Delhi for their commendable contributions to both society and the film industry. She exuded assurance in the continuous establishment of elevated worldwide benchmarks by the film community, affirming the significant role Indian films will play in the development of a prosperous India.

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