President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday pointed out that cinema, besides being a strong medium of expression, was a vehicle of influence and persuasion for the youth and said cinematic content of films should have a desirable impact on the social behaviour of people, especially the new generation.
Veteran film lyricist, director, screen writer and poet Gulzar with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award 2013, presented by President Pranab Mukherjee, at the 61st National Film Awards function, in New Delhi on May 3, 2014.
President Pranab Mukherjee today pointed out that cinema, besides being a strong medium of expression, was a vehicle of influence and persuasion for the youth and said cinematic content of films should have a desirable impact on the social behaviour of people, especially the new generation.
"When our children witness scenes depicting violence and bloodshed, it does affect their psyche. It is incumbent on our film makers to make a concerted effort to distinguish between what clearly is an art form and what is not," he said after presenting the 61st National Film Awards.
"Faced with erosion of values in today’s context, cinema should play a catalytic role in resetting our moral compass. Our film makers should deploy their creative efforts to present and propagate core values such as patriotism, respect for women, compassion and tolerance, and honesty and discipline. I am hopeful that everyone associated with the film industry will use their talent, creativity and artistic pursuits to create meaningful and socially relevant cinema," he said.
Mr Mukherjee congratulated the recipients of the awards, especially well-known lyricist and writer Gulzar, who was given the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, the highest honour in Indian cinema for his outstanding contribution to the Indian film industry.
"His contribution to cinema, as a writer, poet and a film maker of rare sensitivity, has been tremendous. The nation has honoured him with a Padma Bhushan and Hollywood with an Oscar. The Dada Saheb Phalke award is yet another feather in his cap. We are proud of you, Mr. Gulzar," he said.
Noting that a record 470 entries were received for this year's awards, he said this was indicative of the growth of quality cinema in the country.
"The vibrant Indian film industry produces over 1000 films in more than a dozen languages annually. Our cinema is not only a showcase of the multicultural diversity of our country but is also a tribute to our linguistic richness. It is a national treasure and our country’s 'soft power' in the true sense of the term, forging international ties and connecting global horizons with ease," he said.
Mr Mukherjee said India’s media and entertainment industry was today at the cusp of a transformation.
"It is poised to leapfrog into a completely digital landscape. Indian cinema connects with millions of people – within the country and abroad, directly through theatres, close to two thousand multiplexes and through TV as well as the Internet. In 2013, the Indian Media and Entertainment (M&E) industry registered a growth of 11.8 per cent over 2012 and did a gross business of around Rs. 92,000 crore. The industry is expected to register a compound annual growth rate of 14.2 per cent to touch Rs. 1.8 lakh crore by 2018," he said.
He said technology and scientific advancements of this digital decade had thrown open the floodgates of opportunities.
"However, it is the triumph of the human spirit and the building of real talent that will always define the cinematic progress. We need storytellers to tell us the stories; artistes to translate these stories into celluloid; content creators and content editors to make our stories slick and cinematographers to speak to our souls through images. As we embrace the future, we must continue to draw inspiration from the cinematic greats of India - Dadasaheb Phalke, Satyajit Ray, Ritwik Ghatak, Bimal Roy, Mrinal Sen, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, M.S. Sathyu, Girish Kasaravalli, Guru Dutt and many others who have been torchbearers within the country and on the world stage," he said.
He expressed happiness that more and more young filmmakers were entering the field of documentaries.
"Documentaries provide an opportunity to address contemporary social subjects, many of which have been long swept under the carpet on account of the discomforting questions they raise," he said.
In all, 40 awards will be given in the Feature Films category, 41 in the Non-Feature Films category and three awards in Best Writing on Cinema.
Highlights of the ceremony, held at Vigyan Bhavan here, included live performances by Rupankar and Bela Shinde, who bagged the awards for the Best Male Playback Singer and Best Female Playback Singer, respectively.
The award for the Best Feature Film went to Ship of Theseus (English-Hindi), produced by Recyclewala Films Pvt Ltd and directed by Anand Gandhi.
Well-known Malayalam actor Suraj Venjaramoodu, who has earned a name for himself in comic roles, and Hindi actor Rajkumar Rao jointly received the Best Actor Award in the Feature Films category.
Venjaramoodu won the award for his "dignified and quiet portrayal" of a man on the lower margins of the society in the film Perariyathavar. "His turmoil struggles and sufferings are soulfully brought out with subtle body language and eyes which transcend word," the citation said.
Rajkumar was chosen for the award for his portrayal of the intriguing journey of a Muslim youth who is persecuted in Shahid. "He rebels and ultimately comes back to fight the injustice as a committed law abiding lawyer. Raj Kumar brings to life the soul of Shahid," the announcement said.
Shahid, which traces the true story of slain human rights activist and lawyer, Shahid Azmi, in the backdrop of communal violence in Mumbai, also won for Hansal Mehta the award for Best Director.
"The story of an impoverished Muslim struggling to come to terms with injustice, inequality and rise above his circumstances. It is an inspiring testament to the human spirit," the citation said.
Geetanjali Thapa won the Best Actress Award for her role in Liar's Dice (Hindi)
"If ever an actress could merge completely into a role and look the character to perfection, it is Geetanjali Thapa. Her searching eyes and vulnerability are breath taking," the jury said.
The film tells the story of an unusual photographer, an erudite Jain monk and a young stock broker in different segments which finally unites them through a strange circumstance. In the process the film depicts issues of intuitive brilliance, metaphysical belief and intricate morality in a world full of contradictions.
The Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of a Director went to Fandry (Marathi) directed by Nagraj Manjule.
The award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment was given to Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (Hindi), directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, for retaining the story and values of the great athlete, Milkha Singh, and translating it into the cinematic medium with aplomb.
Thalaimuraigal (Tamil), directed by Balu Mahendra, was given the Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration.
Marathi film Tuhya Dharma Koncha was given the Award for the Best Film on Social Issues.
Malayalam film Perariyathavar, directed by Dr Biju, was in the limelight again when it won the award for the Best Film on Environment Conservation.
The award for Best Children's Film was given to Kaphal (Hindi), directed by Batul Mukhtiar.
Saurabh Shukla was given the Best Supporting Actor award for Jolly LLB (Hindi), while Amruta Subash got the award for Best Supporting Actress for Astu (Marathi) along with Aide El-Kashef for Ship of Theseus.
The Best Child Artiste award was shared by Somnath Avghade (Fandry-Marathi) and Sadhana ( Thanga Meengal-Tamil).
The following are the other awards:
BEST MALE PLAYBACK SINGER: Rupankar - Jaatishwar (Bengali) - for the song E Tumi Kemon Tumi
BEST FEMALE PLAYBACK SINGER: Bela Shende - Tuhya Dharma Koncha (Marathi) - for the song Khura Khura
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Rajeev Ravi - Liar's Dice
i) Screenplay Writer (Original) : P. Sheshadri - December I (Kannada)
ii) Screenplay Writer (Adapted) : Panchakshari - Prakruti (Kannada)
iii) Dialogues :Sumitra Bhave - Astu (Marathi)
i) Location Sound Recordist: Nihar Ranjan Samal - Madras Café (Hindi)
ii) Sound Design: Bishwadeep Chatterjee - Madras Café (Hindi)
iii) Re-recordist of the final mixed track: D Yuvaraj - Swapaanam (Malayalam)
BEST EDITING: V J Sabu Joseph - Vallinam (Tamil)
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN: Ashim Ahluwalia, Tabsheer Zutshi, Parichit Paralkar - Miss Lovely (Hindi)
BEST COSTUME DESIGNER: Sabarni Das - Jaatishwar (Bengali)
BEST MAKE-UP ARTIST: Vikram Gaikwad - Jaatishwar (Bengali) (for the make-up of actor Prasenjit)
BEST MUSIC DIRECTION:
i) Songs: Kabir Suman - Jaatishwar (Bengali)
ii) Background Score: Shantanu Moitra - Na Bangaaru Talli (Telugu)
BEST LYRICS: Na. Muthukumar for the lyric Ananda Yaazhai - Thanga Meengal (Tamil)
SPECIAL JURY AWARD: Yellow (Marathi) & Miss Lovely (Hindi)
BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS: Intermezzo Studio and Alien Sense Films Pvt Ltd - Jal (Hindi)
BEST CHOREOGRAPHY: Ganesh Acharya for Maston ka Jhund - Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (Hindi)
BEST FEATURE FILM IN EACH OF THE LANGUAGE SPECIFIED IN THE SCHEDULE VIII OF THE CONSTITUTION
BENGALI: Bakita Byaktigato
HINDI FILM: Jolly LLB
KANNADA: December 1
KONKANI: Baga Beach
MALAYALAM: North 24 Kaadham
MARATHI: Aajcha Diwas Majha
TAMIL: Thanga Meengal
TELUGU: Na Bangaaru Talli
BEST FEATURE FILM IN EACH OF THE LANGUAGE SPECIFIED OTHER THAN SCHEDULE VIII OF THE CONSTITUTION
ENGLISH: The Coffin Maker
SHERDUKPEN: The Crossing Bridges
Yellow (Marathi): Gauri Gadgil, Sanjana Rai
Na Bangaaru Talli (Telugu): Anjali Patil
BEST NON FEATURE FILM: Rangbhoomi (Hindi), Producer : Films Division,
Director : Kamal Swaroop
BEST DEBUT FILM OF A DIRECTOR: Kanyaka (Malayalam), Producer : Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Director : Christo Tomy
BEST BIOGRAPHICAL/ HISTORICAL RECONSTRUCTION: The Last Adieu
(English), Producer : Films Division, Director : Shabnam Sukhdev
BEST ARTS /CULTURAL FILM: The Lost Behrupiya (Hindi) and O Friend, This Waiting ! (English, Telugu)
BEST SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY FILM: The Pad Piper (English)
BEST PROMOTIONAL FILM: Chasing The Rainbow (English) and Kush
BEST ENVIRONMENT FILM INCLUDING AGRICULTURE: Foresting Life
BEST FILM ON SOCIAL ISSUES: Gulabi Gang (Hindi, Bundelkhandi)
BEST EDUCATIONAL FILM: The Quantum Indians (English)
BEST INVESTIGATIVE FILM: Katiyabaaz (Hindi,Urdu,English)
SPECIAL JURY AWARD: Ananthamurthy – Not A Biography…But A Hypothesis (English) and Tamaash (Kashmiri)
BEST SHORT FICTION FILM: Mandrake ! Mandrake ! (Hindi)
BEST FILM ON FAMILY VALUES: Heyro Party (Bengali)
BEST DIRECTION: Chidiya Udh (No Dialogue) Director: Pranjal Dua
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Kavin Jagtiani, Reliance Media Works, Mandrake ! Mandrake ! (Hindi)
BEST AUDIOGRAPHY: Chidiya Udh (No Dialogue)
BEST EDITING: Arjun Gourisaria - Gulabi Gang (Hindi, Bundelkhandi)
BEST MUSIC DIRECTION: Anurag Saikia - Yugadrashta (Assamese)
BEST NARRATION/ VOICE OVER: Lipika Singh Darai - Kankee O Saapo
SPECIAL MENTION: Accsex (English, Hindi), Candles In The Wind
(Punjabi, Hindi), Dharmam (Tamil) and t the Cross Roads : Nondon Bagchi Life and Living (English, Bengali)
BEST WRITING ON CINEMA
Best Book on Cinema: Cinema Ga Cinema (Telugu), Nandagopal
Best Film Critic: Alaka Sahani (English).
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