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President confers National Film Awards at glittering ceremony

President Pratibha Devisingh Patil presenting the Dada Saheb Phalke Award for the year 2008 to the legendary cinematographer V. K. Murthy at the 56th National Film Awards function, in New Delhi on March 19, 2010. Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Ambika Soni and Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting S. Jagathrakshakan are also seen.
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil presenting the Dada Saheb Phalke Award for the year 2008 to the legendary cinematographer V. K. Murthy at the 56th National Film Awards function, in New Delhi on March 19, 2010. Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Ambika Soni and Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting S. Jagathrakshakan are also seen.

Eminent cinematographer V K Murthy got a standing ovation as he received the Dadasaheb Phalke Award from President Pratibha Patil, who also conferred the National Film Awards for 2008 at a glittering function at the Vigyan Bhavan here this evening.

Mr Murthy, who has provided Indian movie audiences with some of the most memorable and breathtaking visual treats in the black-and-white era, was chosen for the prestigious award for his outstanding contribution to cinema.

Bengali film "Antaheen" got the award for the Best Film while Priyanka Chopra bagged the Best Actress Award for her role in Hindi film "Fashion" and Upendra Limaye got the Best Actor Award for his performance in Marathi film "Jogva".

Mr Murthy, 87, is the first cinematographer to have been selected for the Phalke award. Dada Saheb Phalke, a pioneer of the Indian film industry, himself was a cinematographer who had photographed his pioneering feature film "Raja Harishchandra".

In all, 130 awardees in 69 categories received their "Swarn Kamals" and "Rajat Kamals" along with the cash rewards at the hands of the President.

President Pratibha Patil presenting the Award for Best Actress to Priyanka Chopra for the Hindi film “Fashion”, at the 56th National Film Awards function, in New Delhi on March 19, 2010. Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Ambika Soni is also seen.
President Pratibha Patil presenting the Award for Best Actress to Priyanka Chopra for the Hindi film “Fashion”, at the 56th National Film Awards function, in New Delhi on March 19, 2010. Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Ambika Soni is also seen.

Speaking on the occasion, Ms Patil said every Indian was proud of the international acclaim, awards and the growing interest in Indian cinema the world over. She said the film industry should gear up to the challenges posed by demands for better cinematograpy and overall quality of films and influences coming from other media of entertainment such as television and the internet.

"Our film industry can play a part in bringing a progressive and fast developing India, anchored in thousands of years of a rich civilization, to the minds of viewers," she said.

Ms Patil said the award to Mr Murthy was relevant at a time when, around the world, newer and superior techniques were being tried out to bring to the audiences a better viewing experience.

Referring to the performance of Shams Patel, the winner of the Best Child Artiste award, she said it should make everyone more aware about the plight and problems of street children and inspire people to lend a helping hand to ease their sufferings.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni said the robust growth and development of the film industry in India was high on the agenda of the Government. She said her Ministry was ready to facilitate this process in every possible way.

She said the Government had constituted an Expert Committee to recommend ways of upscaling the National Film Awards and their suggestions would be taken into account in next year's awards. She said the Ministry also planned to spearhead the participation and promotion of Indian cinema in in key markets and festivals abroad in a much bigger way.

President Pratibha Patil presenting the Award for Best Actor to Upendra Limaye for Marathi film ‘Jogva’, at the 56th National Film Awards function, in New Delhi on March 19, 2010.
President Pratibha Patil presenting the Award for Best Actor to Upendra Limaye for Marathi film ‘Jogva’, at the 56th National Film Awards function, in New Delhi on March 19, 2010.

Well-known actors Divya Dutta and Ashutosh Rana hosted the awards ceremony, the highlights of which included singer Hariharan's rendering of his award-wnning song from the Marathi film "Jogva" - Jeev Dangla Gungla Rangla - and Bonnie Chakravorty's performance of the Best Choreography award winner song from "Jodhaa Akbar" - Azeem-o– shaan Shahenshah.

In other awards given today, "Antaheen" also got awards for the Best Cinematography (Avik Mukhopadhyay), Best Lyrics (Anindya Bannerjee and Chandranil Bhattacharya) and Best Female Playback Singer (Shreya Ghoshal).

"Jogva" also won the awards for the Best Film on Social Issues and for Best Music Direction.

Bollywood star Kangana Ranaut and Arjun Rampal got the Best Supporting Actress Award for "Fashion" and the Best Supporting Actor Award for "Rock On", respectively.

"Antaheen", directed by Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, got the award for Best Film for its "lyrical blend of technical devices in the right proportion to depict shifting human relationships in an urban scenario."

The Indira Gandhi Award for Best First Film of a Director was given to "A Wednesday" directed by Neeraj Pandey while Hindi film "Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!" directed by Dibakar Banerjee got the award for the Best Popular Film providing wholesome entertainment.

The Nargis Dutt Award for Best Film on National Integration went to Assamese movie "Ai Kot Nai"directed by Manju Borah.

"Little Zizou" in English/Gujarati, directed by Sooni Taraporewala got the award for the Best Film on Family Values.

"Jogva" directed by Rajeev Patil was given the award for the Best Film on Social Issues for its hard-hitting comment on the victims of age-old social customs, while "Jiata Bhoota" in Oriya got the award for the Best Film on Environment Conservation.

"Gubbachigalu" in Kannada got the award for the Best Children's Film while "Roadside Romeo" in Hindi, directed by Jugal Hansraj, got the award for the Best Animation Film.

The Best Director award went to Bala for Tamil film "Naan Kadauul".

Limaye was chosen Best Actor for his restrained yet powerful depiction of a complex character while Chopra got the Best Actress award for her convincing portrayal of a whole range of emotions within a single character.

Shams Patel won the award for the Best Child Artiste for his very natural depiction of a street child thrown into an unusual situation in the Hindi movie "Thanks Maa".

The following are the other awards presented today:

Best Screenplay: Sachin Kundalkar, Gandha (Marathi)

Best Audiography: Pramod J Thomas, Gandha (Marathi)

Best Editing: A Sreekar Prasad, Firaaq (Hindi)

Best Art Direction: Gautam Sen, Firaaq (Hindi)

Best Costume Designer: Neeta Lulla, Jodha Akbar (Hindi)

Best Make-up Artist: Moorthy V., Naan Kadauul (Tamil)

Best Music Direction: Ajay and Atul, Jogva (Marathi)

Best Lyrics: Anindya Bannerjee and Chandranil Bhattacharya, Antaheen (Bengali)

Special Jury Award: Bioscope (Malayalam), Directedby K M Madhusudhanan

Best Special Effects: Govardhan, Mumbai Meri Jaan (Hindi)

Best Choreography: Chinni Prakash & Rekha Prakash, Jodha Akbar (Hindi)

Best Assamese Film: Mon Jai, directed by M Maniram

Best Bengali Film: Shob Charitro Kalponik, directed by Rituparno Ghosh

Best Hindi Film: Rock On, directed by Abhishek Kapoor

Best Kannada Film: Vimukthi, directed by P Sheshadri

Best Malayalam Film: Thirakkada, diected by Ranjith

Best Marathi Film: Harishchandrachi Factory, directed by Paresh Mokashi

Best Tamil Film: Veranam Airam, directed by Gautham Vasudeva Menon

Best Telugu Film: 1940 Lookagramam, directed by Narasimha Nandi

Best English Film: Land Gold Women, directed by Avantika Hari

Best Kokborok Film: Yarwng, diected by Joseph Pulinthanath

Best Tulu Film: Gaggara, directed by Shivadhwaj Shetty

Non-Feature Films:

Best Non-Feature Film: AFSPA 1958, directed by Haobam Paban Kumar

Best First Non-Feature Film of a Director: Vitthal, directed by Vinoo Choliparambil

Best Anthropological/Ethnographic Film: Boliay Pitaier Sohoki Sootal, directed by Altaf Mazid

Best Biographical/Historical Reconstruction/Compilation Film: The Assassination of Rajiv Gandhi - A Reconstruction

Best Arts/Cultural Film: Karna Motcham, directed by S Murali Manohar

Best Scientific Film: Trip, directed by Emmanuel Palo

Best Promotional Film: Lost and Found, directed by Harshavardhan G Kulkarni

Best Agriculture Film: The Land of Rupshupas, directed by A K Sidhpuri

Best Film on Social Issues: The Female Nude, directed by Hemjyotika and Devi Prasad Mishra and Buru Gaara, directed by Shriprakash

Best Educational/Motivational/Instructional Film: Polio vs Polio Victims, directed by Aman Sachdeva

Best Exploration/Adventure Film: Shingnaba, directed by Bachaspa Timayum Sunzu

Best Investigative Film: Distant Rumblings, directed by Bani Prakash Das

Best Animation Film: Prince and the Crown of Stones, directed by Gautam Bengal

Special Jury Award: Rajesh S Jala for Children of the Pyre

Short Fiction Film: Stations, directed by Emmanuel Palo

Best Film on Family Values: Appuvin Nayagan - Spotty (My Hero), directed by Madhavan

Best Direction: Umesh Kulkarni, Three of Us

Best Cinematography: Three of Us (Shariqva Badar Khan, Filmlab), When This Man Dies (Jayakrishna Gummadi, Adlabs)

Best Audiography: Mateen Ahmad, Children of the Pyre

Best Stations: Manoj Kannoth, Stations

Best Music Direction: Narmeen, Vipin Mishra

Best Narration/Voiceover: Elangbam Natasha, Sana Keithel

Jury Special Mention: Child Actor Aniket Rumade, Vitthal

Best Writing on Cinema:

Best Book on Cinema: Bollywood Melodies (English), Ganesh Anantharaman

Special Jury Mention: The Director's Mind (English), Ujjal Chakraborty

Best Film Critic: Altaf Mazid and R K Bidur Singh

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