President Pranab Mukherjee presenting the Best Actor award to Irrfan Khan at the 60th National Film Awards function, in New Delhi on May 3, 2013. He shared the award with Vikram Gokhale
President Pranab Mukherjee today said cinema must be used to portray positive societal vales for building a tolerant and harmonious India.
Presenting the National Film Awards for 2012 at a colourful function at Vigyan Bhavan here this evening, Mr Mukherjee said the film industry ought to take steps to ensure that cinema was morally energising.
He lauded the initiatives taken by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (I&B) such as single-window clearance for shooting films in India.
He also praised veteran actor Pran Sikand, who was chosen for the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke award for his contribution to Indian cinema. Pran, 93, could not attend the function because of his frail health.
Pran was chosen for the award - the top honour in Indian cinema - for his outstanding contribution to the growth and development of the industry during a nearly six-decade long career in which he acted in more than 400 films.
He is the 44th winner of the award, which is conferred annually by the Government of India and consists of a "Swarn Kamal", a cash prize of Rs 10 lakh and a shawl.
Pran acted as a villain in scores of movies in the early part of his career, but then made a very successful switch to character roles, starting with the role of "Malan Chacha" in Manoj Kumar's Upkar.
Speaking on the occasion, I&B Minister Manish Tewari said the presence of films with innovative themes at the 60th National Film Awards showed that the Indian film industry was playing a pro-active role in articulating issues and prejudices which were historically embedded in society.
President Pranab Mukherjee presenting the Best Actress award to Usha Jadhav at the 60th National Film Awards function, in New Delhi on May 3, 2013.
He announced that the Government was instituting a "Centenary Award", marking 100 years of Indian cinema, that would be given every year starting this year to recognise a paradigm transformation in film making and honour individuals or films that had profoundly influenced contemporary, socio cultural evolution.
Mr Tewari also stated that, in order to encourage parallel cinema, the Government was planning a makeover for Mahadev Auditorium with a view to make it a “Hub of Alternative Cinema”.
He said the auditorium, which was being used for screenings only on special occasions, would be modelled along the lines of Prithvi Theatre in Mumbai to not just screen documentaries and small budget films but also provide a forum for filmmakers and connoisseurs to discuss film making.
Regarding the initiative of the Ministry of taking a fresh look of the Cinematographic Act, Mr Tewari said the committee constituted under Justice Mudgal would aim to find a golden mean between creative essence and aesthetic sensitivity.
The highlight of the evening was the release of postage stamps of 50 iconic personalities of Indian cinema by the President to commemorate the century long journey of Indian cinema.
Union Communications and Information Technology Minister Kapil Sibal said these 50 stamps were the biggest ever release by India Post.
The film personalities depicted in the stamps include Ashok Kumar, Bhalji Pendharkar, Durga Khote, Dev Anand, Yash Chopra, Smita Patil, Rajesh Khanna, Shammi Kapoor, Suraiya, Geeta Dutt, Sohrab Modi, Tapan Sinha, C.V. Sridhar and Bhanumathi.
Vikram Gokhale receiving the Best Actor award from President Pranab Muherjee at the National Film Awards in Delhi on May 3, 2013. He shared the award with Irrfan Khan.
The award for the Best Feature Film was conferred on Paan Singh Tomar (Hindi) produced by UTV Software communications Ltd. and directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia. In the non-feature film category, the award for the Best Film was given to Shepherds of Paradise (Gojri & Urdu) produced and directed by Raja Shabir Khan.
In the category of Best Writing on Cinema section, the book Silent Cinema in India – A Pictorial Journey (English) written by B.D. Garga and published by Harper Collins Publisher India bagged the top honour, whereas P.S. Radhakrishnan was conferred the award for the Best film Critic.
In the Feature Film category, a total of 38 films from 14 languages were selected for the 60th National Awards.
Chittagong (Hindi) and 101 Chodiyangal(Malayalam) shared the Indira Gandhi award for the Best Debut Film of a Director. The award for the Best Popular Film for providing wholesome entertainment was shared by Vicky Donor (Hindi) and Ustad Hotel (Malayalam).
The award for the Best Director was given to Shivaji Lotan Patil for the film Dhag (Marathi).
The award for the Best Actor was jointly shared by Irrfaan Khan, playing the title role in Paan Singh Tomar, and Vikram Gokhale for the film Anumati (Marathi).
The award for the Best Actress was conferred on Usha Jadhav for her performance in Dhag (Marathi).
The award for the Best Supporting Actor was conferred on Anu Kapur for the film Vicky Donor. The award for the Best Supporting Actress was shared by Dolly Ahluwalia for Vicky Donor and Kalpana for the film Thanichalla Njan (Malyalam).
The Best Child Artiste award was shared by Master Virendra Pratap for Dekh Indian Circus (Hindi) and Master Minon for 101 Chodiyangal (Malayalam).
The award for the Best Male Playback Singer was conferred on Shankar Mahadevan for the song Bolo Na from Chittagong. The award for the Best Female Playback singer went to Aarti Ankalikar-Tikekar for the song Palakein Naa Moon Don from the film Samhita (Marathi).
The award for the Best Screenplay Writer (original) was conferred on Sujoy Ghosh for the film Kahaani. The award for best Screen play writer (adapted) went to BhaveshMandalia and Shri Umesh Shukla for the film Oh My God. The award for the Best Dialogue was conferred on Anjali Menon for the film Ustad Hotel (Malayalam).
The award for the Best Lyrics was conferred on Prasoon Joshi for the song Bolo Na from Chittagong.
A special jury award has been conferred on Rituparno Ghosh and Nawazuddin Siddiqui for the films Chitrangadha (Bengali), Kahaani, Gangs of Wasseypur, Dekh Indian Circus and Talaash (Hindi).
The award for the Best Choreography was conferred on Pandit Birju Maharaj for Vishwaroopam (Tamil).
In the Non-Feature Film category, Vikrant Pawar has got the Best Director award for the film Kaatal (Marathi). The Award for the Best Debut Film of a Director was given to Lipika Singh Darai for the film Eka Gachha Eka Manisa Eka Samudra (Odia).
Shumona Goel and Shai Heredia for the film I Am Micro (English) and Vasudah Joshi for Cancer Katha (English) got a Special Jury Award.
Timbaktu (English) was given the award for the Best Film in the Environmental category and Dreaming Taj Mahal ( Hindi & Urdu) for the Best Promotional Film.
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