New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee conferred National Film awards for the year 2016 in various categories at the 64th National Film Awards Function held at Vigyan Bhawan here. President also conferred this year’s Dada Saheb Phalke award to Kasinadhuni Viswanath, renowned film director and actor, for his outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian cinema.
Speaking on the occasion, the President said that the 64th National Film Awards represented a microcosm of India which celebrated the diversity of languages, customs, religions and culture. Indian Cinema and its diversity convey underlying spirit of brotherhood, tolerance, acceptance and co-existence. The inherent strength of the unity inspite of diversity was our cultural heritage which was inherited through ages.
While appreciating the Government’s initiative of creating a Film Promotion Fund, the President said that initiative would promote and motivate talented independent filmmakers to promote their work across the globe in various International Film Festivals.
Some of the prominent winners in various categories for this year National Film Awards included ‘Kasaav’ in Best Feature Film category and ‘Fireflies in the Abyss’ in the Non-Feature Film Category. Sonam Kapoor was awarded Special Mention Award in the Feature Films Category for her role in the movie ‘Neerja’. Movies in the languages other than those specified in the VIII Schedule of the constitution in the feature Film categories were also awarded. The award for the best Moran Film was given to ‘Haanduk’ while best Tulu film was given to ‘Madipu’.
Best Film Critic award was given to G. Dhananjayan for his in depth analysis on a wide range of topics such as film genres, brands, new strategies in movie watching, taxation impact and ticket pricing. Special Mention Award was given to the KP Jayashankar and Anjali Monteiro for the book ‘A fly in the Curry’. Best Book on Cinema award was given to ‘Lata- Sur Gatha’ authored by Yatindra Mishra.
Special Jury Award in the Feature category was given to Mohanlal for his mastery in dealing with characters of various shades with unparallel acting brilliance. Special Jury Award in the Non-Feature category was given to ‘The Cinema Travellers’. This year a new category ‘Best on-location Sound Recordist’ in the Non-Feature Film section of the National Film Awards was also introduced. The state of Uttar Pradesh was awarded the Most Film Friendly State award for implementing a unique film policy.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Information and Broadcasting M. Venkaiah Naidu said that Indian cinema had remarkably showcased the vast richness of our cultural diversity, our beautiful landscapes, languages and had been a great unifying force in promoting national integration.
Naidu also congratulated the jury chairpersons and their teams who have brought out the best of Indian cinema under one roof. The Feature Film Central panel was headed by Priyadarshan, an eminent Film filmmaker popularly known for his Malayalam movie ‘Kanchivaram’. The Chairperson for Non – Feature Film Jury was Raju Mishra while the Chairperson for Writing Jury was Bhawana Somaaya. The Most Film Friendly State award jury was chaired by Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi, a popular Director in Telugu film industry.