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National Film Awards: Golden & Silver Lotus Awards

National Film Awards: Golden & Silver Lotus Awards

The 66th National Film Awards ceremony was the award ceremony which took place in 2019 to honour the best films of 2018, (with notable exception of 2019 war drama Uri getting accolades) in the Indian cinema. The declaration of awards was delayed due to 2019 Indian general election.

Dada Saheb Phalke Award Overview

To honour the Father of Indian Cinema, Dhundiraj Govind Phalke, the National Film Awards named the most prestigious and coveted award of Indian Cinema after him. He is the man who made the first Indian Feature film Raja Harishchandra in 1913. Popularly known as Dadasaheb Phalke, he then went on to make 95 films and 26 short films in a span of 19 years. The Dadasaheb Phalke Award was introduced in 1969 by the government to recognize the contribution of film personalities towards the development of Indian Cinema. The first recipient of this award was Devika Rani.

Dadasaheb Phalke Award is given to a film personality for his / her outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian Cinema. The award comprises of a Swarna Kamal, a cash Prize of Rs. 10,00,000/- (Rupees Ten Lakhs) certificate, silk scroll and a shawl.

National Film Awards

The National Awards for films, which were started as an annual incentive by the Government of India, for the making of artistic, competent and meaningful films have come a long way, to cover the entire national spectrum of Indian Cinema, to judge merit by the highest possible yardstick and to become the most coveted and prestigious awards in the country.

From 1954, when the very first awards for the films of 1953 were given, down to the current year when the top awards for the films of 2016 were recently given, there lies the 64 years old story of an awards scheme, which is surely the most unique of its kind. The awards are given in three sections – Feature Films, Non-Feature Films and Best Writing on Cinema.

In no other country, has the State encouragement to good cinema been such a vast and monetarily rewarding form year after year. In turn, this has influenced and encouraged the making of creative, serious, cinematic and significant films over the years.

Every year, the best works as well as individual achievements stand out on the highest national level, for all to see. This itself provides a tremendous spur and initiative for better film making, by creating a desire to win recognition and also the substantial cash prizes going with it.

Another commendable aspect of the National Awards is to encourage good films in all languages which is a marathon task, considering that India makes films in some twenty languages and dialects. Similarly, awards for documentaries, whether short or full length, are given in different categories.

If we take a quick look-back at the decades which have rolled by, we find that the Awards, which were initially called “State Awards”, had started off in a small way, with two President’s Gold Medals, two certificates of merit and silver medals for a dozen regional films. For the first six years, it was the practice to give the Regional Best Award to the National Best Film itself. Later, a medal or certificate of merit was given to two or three films in each language.

Separate awards for artistes and technicians were instituted in 1968 for the films of 1967, Nargis Dutt and Uttam Kumar being the first actress and actor to get them. For some time, these were called Urvashi and Bharat Awards but the names of the Awards were later changed.

In their aim and purpose, the National Awards have undergone several changes since their inception. In the early years, except for a rare case like Pather Panchali , the content seemed to be given more weightage than the form. But over time, with film-makers exploring different facets of the medium and enlightened cineastes being appointed on the Jury, this has changed enormously and now the form cum technique is considered as important as the content and thematic ideas.

And thus, as the National Awards step into their 66th year for the films of 2018, we can hope that the scheme shaping into its full maturity will encourage and bring to light all attempts at better film making, from whatever source they come and in whichever language they may be.

National Awards aim at encouraging the production of films of aesthetic and technical excellence and social relevance contributing to the understanding and appreciation of cultures of different regions of the country in cinematic form and thereby also promoting integration and unity of the nation. The awards also aim at encouraging the study and appreciation of cinema as an art form and dissemination of information and critical appreciation of this art form through publication of books, articles, reviews etc.

The National Awards along with cinema’s highest honour, Dadasaheb Phalke award, are presented by the President of India in a solemn function in the presence of the Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Chairpersons of the three juries, representatives of Film Federation of India and Confederation of All India Cine Employees and senior official. Since the Awards for 2007, two live playback singing performances are also held during the ceremony.

In their 66th year now, the National Film Awards continue to underline cinematic excellence. The awards have over the years brought the best talent present in India Cinema to national limelight. In its over a half a century long history, the National Film Awards have nurtured numerous talent who are now national icons and also known internationally.

66th National Film Awards [2018]

The 66th National Film Awards ceremony was the award ceremony which took place in 2019 to honour the best films of 2018, (with notable exception of 2019 war drama Uri getting accolades) in the Indian cinema. The declaration of awards was delayed due to 2019 Indian general election.

Announcement of 66th National Film Awards

Golden Lotus Awards (Swarna Kamal National Film Award)

All the awardees are awarded with ‘Golden Lotus Award (Swarna Kamal)’, a certificate and cash prize.

Award Film Language Awardee(s) Cash Prize
Best Feature Film Hellaro Gujarati ₹ 250,000 each
Best Debut Film of a Director Naal Marathi Sudhakar Reddy Yakkanti ₹ 125,000 each
Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment Badhaai Ho Hindi ₹ 200,000 each
Best Children’s Film Sarkari Hi. Pra. Shaale, Kasaragodu, Koduge: Ramanna Rai Kannada ₹ 150,000 each
Best Direction Uri: The Surgical Strike Hindi Aditya Dhar ₹ 250,000
Best Animated Film ₹ 100,000 each

Silver Lotus Award (Rajat Kamal National Film Award)

All the awardees are awarded with ‘Silver Lotus Award (Rajat Kamal)’, a certificate and cash prize.

Award Film Language Awardee(s) Cash Prize
Best Feature Film on National Integration Ondalla Eradalla Kannada ₹ 150,000/- each
Best Film on Other Social Issues Pad Man Hindi ₹ 150,000/- each
Best Film on Environment / Conservation / Preservation Paani Marathi ₹ 150,000/- each
Best Actor Andhadhun Hindi Ayushman Khurrana ₹ 50,000/-
Uri: The Surgical Strike Vicky Kaushal
Best Actress Mahanati Telugu Keerthy Suresh ₹ 50,000/-
Best Supporting Actor Chumbak Marathi Swanand Kirkire ₹ 50,000/-
Best Supporting Actress Badhaai Ho Hindi Surekha Sikri ₹ 50,000/-
Best Child Artist Harjeeta Punjabi Sameep Ranaut ₹ 50,000/-
Best Male Playback Singer Padmaavat
(For the song “Binte Dil”)
Hindi Arijit Singh ₹ 50,000/-
Best Female Playback Singer Nathicharami
(For the song “Maayavi Manave”)
Kannada Bindhu Malini ₹ 50,000/-
Best Cinematography Olu Malayalam M. J. Radhakrishnan ₹ 50,000/-
Best Screenplay
• Screenplay Writer (Original)
Chi La Sow Telugu Rahul Ravindran ₹ 50,000/-
Best Screenplay
• Screenplay Writer (Adapted)
Andhadhun Hindi Sriram Raghavan, Arijit Biswas, Yogesh Chandekar, Hemanth Rao, and Pooja Ladha Surti ₹ 50,000/-
Best Screenplay
• Dialogues
Tarikh Bengali Churni Ganguly ₹ 50,000/-
Best Audiography
• Location Sound
Recordist
Tendalya Marathi Gaurav Verma ₹ 50,000/-
Best Audiography
• Sound Designer
Uri: The Surgical Strike Hindi Bishwadeep D Chatterjee ₹ 50,000/-
Best Audiography
• Re-recordist of the Final Mixed Track
Rangasthalam Telugu ₹ 50,000/-
Best Editing Nathicharami Kannada Nagendra Ujjani ₹ 50,000/-
Best Production Design Kammara Sambhavam Malyalam Bangalan ₹ 50,000/-
Best Costume Design Mahanati Telugu ₹ 50,000/-
Best Make-up Artist Awe Telugu ₹ 50,000/-
Best Music Direction
• Songs
Padmaavat Hindi Sanjay Leela Bhansali ₹ 50,000/-
Best Music Direction
• Background Score
Uri: The Surgical Strike Hindi Shashwat Sachdev ₹ 50,000/-
Best Lyrics Nathicharami
(For the song “Maayavi Manave”)
Kannada Manjutha ₹ 50,000/-
Best Special Effects K.G.F: Chapter 1 Kannada Unifi Media ₹ 50,000/-
Awe Telugu Srushti Creative Studio
Best Choreography Padmaavat
(For the song “Ghoomar”)
Hindi ₹ 50,000/-
Best Stunt Choreographer K.G.F: Chapter 1 Kannada Vikram More, Anbu Ariv ₹ 50,000/-
Special Jury Award Kedara Bengali Indraadip Dasgupta ₹ 2,00,000/-
Hellaro Gujarati Shraddha Dangar, Shachi Joshi, Denisha Ghumra, Neelam Paanchal, Tarjani Bhadla, Brinda Nayak, Tejal Panchasara, Kaushambi Bhatt, Ekta Bachwani, Kamini Panchal, Jagruti Thakore, Riddhi Yadav, and Prapti Mehta
Special Mention Nathicharami Kannada Sruthi Hariharan (Actress) Certificate only
Kadhak Hindi Chandrachoor Rai (Actor)
Joseph Malayalam Joju George (Actor)
Sudani From Nigeria Malayalam Savithri Sreedharan (Actress)

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