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National Film Awards:

The National Film Awards are considered as the most prestigious awards for cinema in India. It began in 1954 and is currently managed by the Directorate of Film Festivals under India’s Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. The awards are given in the categories of Feature Films and Non-Feature Films made in Hindi and other regional languages. The awards are selected by members of independent juries for films produced in the previous year as per the National Film Award Regulations. The award ceremony is held in New Delhi during which the awards are given away by the President of India. A National Film Festival is organised after the ceremony, where the award-winning films are screened for the public.

The ‘Swarna Kamal’ or the ‘Golden Lotus Award’ is given for the following categories: Best Feature Film, Best Direction, Best Popular Film providing wholesome entertainment, Best Children’s Film and the Indira Gandhi Award for Best First Film of a Director, while the ‘Rajat Kamal’ or the ‘Silver Lotus Award’ is inter alia given for Best Actor and Actress, Best Art Direction, Best Supporting Actor and Actress, Best Costume Design, Best Playback Singers and Best Choreography, besides the Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration and Best Films on family welfare, environment conservation and other social issues.

The awards in the Non-Feature Film category include those for Best Non-Feature Film, Best Biographical Film, Best Arts/Cultural Film, Best Anthropological or Ethnographic Film and Best Scientific Film among others. Awards are also given for the Best Film Critic on cinema and the Best Book on cinema.

69th National Film Awards 2023:

Best Feature Film:  Rocketry
Best Actor:  Allu Arjun, Pushpa
Best Actress: Alia Bhatt, Gangubai Kathiawadi and Kriti Sanon, Mimi
Best Supporting Actor:  Pankaj Tripathi, Mimi
Best Supporting Actress:  Pallavi Joshi, The Kashmir Files
Best Director:  Nikhil Mahajan, Godavari
Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment:  RRR
Nargis Dutt Award for Best Film on National Integration:  The Kashmir Files
Best Child Artist:  Bhavin Rabari, Chhello Show
Best Screenplay (Original):  Shahi Kabir, Nayattu
Best Screenplay (Adapted):  Sanjay Leela Bhansali & Utkarshini Vashishtha, Gangubai Kathiawadi
Best Dialogue Writer: Utkarshini Vashishtha & Prakash Kapadia, Gangubai Kathiawadi
Best Music Director (Songs):  Devi Sri Prasad, Pushpa
Best Music Direction (Background Music):  MM Keeravaani, RRR
Best Male Playback Singer: Kaala Bhairava, RRR
Best Female Playback Singer: Shreya Ghoshal, Iravin Nizhal
Best Lyrics: Chandrabose, Konda Polam’s Dham Dham Dham

Best Hindi Film: Sardar Udham

 

Recently some changes have been made in the nomenclature and scope of some of the National Film Awards in India which will come into effect from the 70th edition of the Awards in 2024:

  • The “Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of a Director” was renamed to simply “Best Debut Film of a Director.”
  • The “Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration” was renamed to “Best Feature Film Promoting National, Social and Environmental Values.”

The scope of the “Nargis Dutt Award” was expanded. It previously focused on national integration. However, the revised category, “Best Feature Film Promoting National, Social and Environmental Values,” broadens the scope to recognize films that contribute positively to these broader themes.

Other changes include the creation of a new category called ‘Best AVGC Film’, which combines the Best Animation Film and Best Special Effects categories.

Awards for Best Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, and Supporting Actress have been renamed and the prize money increased.  “The Best Actor award has been renamed as ‘Best Actor in a Leading Role’ while the Best Actress has been changed to ‘Best Actress in a Leading Role’ and so on.

The prize money for the various category of awards are as follows:

Best Debut Film of a Director – Rs 3 lakh
Best Feature Film Promoting National, Social and Environmental Values – Rs 2 lakh each to the director and producer, along with Rajat Kamal
Best Actor in a Leading Role – Rs 2 lakh + Rajat Kamal
Best Actress in a Leading Role – Rs 2 lakh + Rajat Kamal
Best Actor in Supporting Role – Rs 2 lakh + Rajat Kamal
Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Rs 2 lakh + Rajat Kamal

 

Dadasaheb Phalke Award:

The Dadasaheb Phalke Award was instituted in 1969 and is considered as the Government of India’s highest national honour for cinema. Named after the veteran film actor Dada Saheb Phalke, widely regarded as the “Father of Indian Cinema” for directing India’s first full-length feature film, Raja Harishchandra (1913), the Award is presented every year to senior film personalities for their “outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian cinema.”

The Dadasaheb Phalke Award comprises a Swarna Kamal (Golden Lotus) medallion, a shawl, and a cash prize of ₹10 lakh (₹ 1 million), which has been increased to Rs 15 lakh in 2024.

Devika Rani became the first recipient of the first Dada Saheb Phalke Award in 1969.

The subsequent recipients of the Dadasaheb Phalke Award include: B.N.Sircar (1970), Prithviraj Kapoor (1971-posthumous), Punkaj Mullik (1972), Sulochana (Ruby Meyers) -1973, B.Nagi Reddy (1974), Dhiren Ganguly (1975), Kanan Devi (1976), Nitin Bose (1977), R.C.Boral (1978), Sohrab Modi (1979), P.Jairaj (1980),Naushad Ali (1981), L.V. Prasad (1982), Durga Khote (1983), Satyajit Ray (1984), V.Shantaram (1985), B.Nagi Reddy (1986), Raj Kapoor (1987), Ashok Kumar (1988),Lata Mangeshkar (1989), A.Nageshwara Rao (1990), Bhalji Pendarkar (1991),Bhupen Hazarika (1992),Majrooh Sultanpuri (1993), Dilip Kumar (1994), Dr Raj Kumar (1995), Shivaji Ganeshan (1996), Pradeep (1997), B.R.Chopra (1998), Hrishikesh Mukherjee (1999), Asha Bhonsle (2000), Yash Chopra (2001), Dev Anand (2002), Mrinal Sen (2003), Adoor Gopalakrishnan (2004), Shyam Benegal (2005), Tapan Sinha (2006), Manna Dey (2007), V.K. Murthy (2008), D.Ramanaidu (2009), K. Balachander (2010), Soumitra Chatterjee (2011), Pran (2012), Gulzar (2014), Shashi Kapoor (2015), Manoj Kumar and K. Viswanath (2016), Vinod Khanna (2017) and Rajinikanth (2019).

The most recent recipients of the Dadasaheb Phalke Award include:

2021 –  Waheeda Rehman
2020 –  Asha Parekh


Filmfare Awards:

​The Filmfare Awards, which were introduced in 1954, are one of the oldest and most prominent film awards. These awards were initially referred to as the Clare Awards after the editor of The Times of India, Clare Mendionca. The awards are presented annually by The Times Group to honour artistic and technical excellence of professionals in the Hindi cinema.

Only five awards were presented in the categories of Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Music Director during the first awards function held on 21 March 1954. The Best Film award was given to the film ‘Do Bigha Zameen’, the Best Director’s Award was given to Bimal Roy, the Best Actor Award was given to Dilip Kumar and the Best Actress Award was given to Meena Kumari, while Naushad bagged the Best Music Director’s award. The most awards won by a single film is ‘Black’ (11 awards) in 2005. The most Best Actor awards was bagged by Dilip Kumar (8 awards), followed by Shahrukh Khan (7 awards) and Amitabh Bachchan (5 awards). The most Best Actress award was bagged by Nutan.

68th Filmfare Awards 2023:

BEST FILM: GANGUBAI KATHIAWADI
BEST FILM (CRITICS’) : BADHAAI DO (HARSHVARDHAN KULKARNI)
BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE (MALE): RAJKUMMAR RAO
BEST ACTOR (CRITICS’): SANJAY MISHRA
BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE (FEMALE) : ALIA BHATT (Gangubai Kathiawadi)
BEST ACTRESS (CRITICS’): BHUMI PEDNEKAR (Badhaai Do)
BEST ACTRESS (CRITICS’) : TABU (Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2)
BEST DIRECTOR : SANJAY LEELA BHANSALI (Gangubai Kathiawadi)
BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE (MALE): ANIL KAPOOR (Jugjugg Jeeyo)
BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE (FEMALE): SHEEBA CHADDHA (Badhaai Do)
BEST MUSIC ALBUM: PRITAM (Brahmastra Part One: Shiva)
BEST LYRICS: AMITABH BHATTACHARYA (Kesariya, Brahmastra Part One: Shiva)
BEST PLAYBACK SINGER (MALE): ARIJIT SINGH (Kesariya, Brahmastra Part One: Shiva)
BEST PLAYBACK SINGER (FEMALE) : KAVITA SETH (Rangisari, Jugjugg Jeeyo)
BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR : JASPAL SINGH SANDHU AND RAJEEV BARNWAL (Vadh)
BEST DEBUT MALE : ANKUSH GEDAM (Jhund)
BEST DEBUT FEMALE : ANDREA KEVICHUSA (Anek)
BEST DIALOGUE : PRAKASH KAPADIA, UTKARSHINI VASHISHTHA (Gangubai Kathiawadi)
BEST SCREENPLAY: AKSHAT GHILDIAL, SUMAN ADHIKARY AND HARSHAVARDHAN KULKARNI (Badhaai Do)
BEST STORY ; AKSHAT GHILDIAL, SUMAN ADHIKARY (Badhaai Do)
BEST ACTION : PARVEZ SHAIKH (Vikram Vedha)
BEST BACKGROUND SCORE : SANCHIT BALHARA AND ANKIT BALHARA (Gangubai Kathiawadi)
BEST CHOREOGRAPHY: KRUTI MAHESH (Dholida)
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY : SUDEEP CHATTERJEE (Gangubai Kathiawadi)
BEST COSTUME: SHEETAL IQBAL SHARMA (Gangubai Kathiawadi)
BEST EDITING ; NINAD KHANOLKAR (An Action Hero)
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN: SUBRATA CHAKRABORTY AND AMIT RAY (Gangubai Kathiawadi)
BEST SOUND DESIGN: BISHWADEEP DIPAK CHATTERJEE (Brahmastra Part One: Shiva)

 

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