Arts & Entertainment
Ansari presents Phalke Award to Soumitra Chatterjee, 59th National Film Awards
New Delhi, May 3, 2012
Vice-President M Hamid Ansari today said films were one of the most potent elements of India's soft power and ambassadors of its culture, tradition and society.
"They foster people-to-people relations and promote our image and interests in ways that are not readily apparent but are of enduring significance," he said after presenting the 59th National Film Awards, including the prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke Award 2011 to iconic Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee, at a function here this evening.
"As we improve our society and economy and empower our citizens, our films will continue to play a leading role within the country and abroad to further the effort," he said.
Mr Ansari said that, over the years, the National Film Awards had recognized excellence and also propelled new or unknown talent to national and international limelight and provided encouragement and recognition to them.
"They also provide us an annual opportunity to salute and pay homage to the Father of Indian Cinema, Dhundiraj Govind Phalke. The Dada Saheb Phalke Award winners constitute the legends of Indian cinema. This prestigious award today is being presented to renowned Bengali film and theatre actor Soumitra Chatterjee. His partnership with Satyajit Ray would indeed be counted as a memorable director-actor combination in the history of cinema," he said.
Mr Ansari said that, since the first Indian feature film, Raja Harishchandra, made by Dada Saheb Phalke almost a century ago, Indian commercial cinema had formed a principal element of India's popular culture and impacts on how Indians think, behave and function in their public and private lives.
He noted that the two films adjudged as Best Feature Films are in regional languages and were an achievement for regional film industry.
"It is an under-appreciated fact that over 80 per cent of the films certified for public exhibition are regional films. I am also happy to note that this year there has been the highest number of films entered in both the feature and non-feature sections. The eleven children who have been awarded the Best Child Artist awards deserve our whole hearted appreciation and applause," he said.
"As a collective, the films and artistes who have been awarded today prove that contrary to popular perception, Indian cinema is neither formulaic nor conforming to stereotypes. It has successfully adapted traditional Indian narrative and oral traditions to the requirements of technology and formats of new media," he stressed.
The Vice-President said India was in the throes of rapid transformation and this was also reflected in the nature and expectations of cinema goers.
"We have a growing middle class, and a younger generation of viewers; both are desirous and capable of spending on entertainment. The film viewers today, besides entertainment, seek to understand their society and their world, and to make sense of societal and personal evolution," he said.
"The technology and format of film viewing is also changing with new gadgets including phones, Tablets, Pay-per-view and laptops and venues such as multiplexes. This is leading to an increasing demand for better cinematography, improved quality and digital formats. They impact on the distribution and marketing and thus on revenue generation possibilities. The industry has to face the challenge of continuing on the path of innovation, creativity, and technological up-gradation even as it nurtures its umbilical chord with our heritage and culture," he said.
Mr Ansari said globalisation had also permeated the film industry and the movement of professionals across national boundaries was much easier than in an earlier era.
"Today, talent seamlessly shifts between continents in search of newer audiences and better returns. Indian films are also witnessing multi-country theatrical release and entering non-traditional markets," he said.
He also pointed out that foreign governments and tourist organizations were assiduously marketing locations in their countries to Indian film makers. A stopover in Mumbai and a visit to film studios is a now a regular feature of many visiting foreign dignitaries, he noted.
The Vice-President said that, while there had been increase in the number of foreign feature films released with dubbing or sub-titles in Indian languages, the number of Indian films dubbed from one Indian language to the other had not gone up.
"On the contrary, their number has declined in the past decade from 213 films in 2001 to 147 films in 2011. The need of the hour is to ensure that we create, through dubbing and sub-titling, a national market for films produced in all regional languages.To a limited extent, this is happening in the case of television programmes in contiguous linguistic areas. We need to broad-base such efforts so that our citizens can know and appreciate each other’s culture and social settings better. This will also help revive the regional film industry," he added.
Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting Ambika Soni was amongst those present on the occasion.
The awards are normally presented every year by the President, but Mr Ansari presented the awards this year because Ms Pratibha Patil is away on a state visit to the Seychelles and South Africa.
The Best Film award was shared by Deool in Marathi, produced by Abhijeet Gholap and directed by Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni, and and Byari in the Byari language, produced by T.H. Althaf Hussain and directed by Suveeram.
In the non-feature film category the Best Film award went to And We Play On (Hindi & English) directed and produced by Pramod Purswane .
In the Best Writing on Cinema category, the Swarna Kamal went to the book titled R.D. Burman – The Man, The Music written by Anirudha Bhattacharjee and Balaji Vittal, published by Harper Collins India. Manoj Barpujari from Assam was awarded the Best Film Critic award.
Vidya Balan was chosen the Best Actress for Hindi film The Dirty Picture and Girish Kulkarni the Best Actor for Deool.
Azhagarsamiyin Kuthirai (Tamil) won the award for Wholesome Entertainment and Chillar Party (Hindi) was chosen the Best Children's Film.
The award for Best Director went to Gurvinder Singh for Punjabi film Anhe Ghorey Da Daan.
The Best Singer award went to Anand Bhate (Male) for Marathi film Balgandharva and Roopa Ganguly (Female) for the Bengali film Abosheyshey. Kumararaja Thiagarajan won the Indira Gandhi Award for the Best Debut Film of a director.
In the Feature Films category, five films won three awards each. These films are The Dirty Picture (Hindi), Balgandharva (Marathi), Anhe Ghorey Da Daan (Punjabi), Deool (Marathi) and Ranjana Ami Ar Ashbo Na (Bengali).
Six films won two awards each. These are Chillar Party (Hindi), Azhagarsamiyin Kuthirai (Tamil), Aaranyakandam (Tamil), Phijigee Mani (Manipuri) , Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (Hindi) and Game (Hindi).
In the Non-Feature film category, three films won two awards each. The Film Tiger Dynasty has won the Best Environmental Film and Best Cinematography awards. Awards for Best Direction and Best Editing were won by the film There is Something in the Air. Panchakki has been chosen for the awards for Best Short Fiction and Best Music Direction.
The following is the list of awards:
BEST FEATURE FILM (shared): a) Deool (Marathi), Producer: Abhijeet Gholap, Director : Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni b) Byari (Byari): Producer: T.H. Althaf Hussain, Director: Suveeran
INDIRA GANDHI AWARD FOR BEST DEBUT FILM OF A DIRECTOR: Aaranyakandam
(Tamil), Producer: S.P.Charan, Director : Kumararaja Thiagarajan
AWARD FOR BEST POPULAR FILM PROVIDING WHOLESOME ENTERTAINMENT:
Azhagarsamiyin Kuthirai (Tamil), Producer: P. Madan, Director : Suseentharan
BEST CHILDREN’S FILM: Chillar Party (Hindi), Producer: UTV Software Communications Ltd, Director: Vikas Bahl & Nitesh Tiwari
BEST DIRECTION: Anhe Ghorey Da Daan (Punjabi), Gurvinder Singh
BEST ACTOR: Deool (Marathi), Girish Kulkarni
BEST ACTRESS: The Dirty Picture (Hindi), Vidya Balan
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Azhagarsamiyin Kuthirai (Tamil), Appu Kutty
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Phijigee Mani (Manipuri), Leishangthem Tonthoingambi Devi
BEST CHILD ARTIST: (Shared): a) Stanley ka Dabba (Hindi), Partho Gupte b) Chillar Party (Hindi), Irrfan Khan, Sanath Menon, Rohan Grover, Naman Jain, Aarav Khanna, Vishesh Tiwari, Chinmai Chandranshuh, Vedant Desai, Divij Handa, Shriya Sharma
BEST MALE PLAYBACK SINGER: Balgandharva (Marathi), Anand Bhate
BEST FEMALE PLAYBACK SINGER: Abosheyshey (Bengali), Roopa Ganguly
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Anhe Ghorey Da Daan (Punjabi), Cameraman : Satya Rai Nagpaul, Laboratory: Reliance Media Works
BEST SCREENPLAY: Screenplay Writer (Original): Chillar Party (Hindi), Vikas Behl & Manish Tiwari, Screenplay Writer (Adapted): Shala (Marathi), Avinash Deshpande Nigdi, Dialogues: Deool (Marathi), Girish Kulkarni
BEST AUDIOGRAPHY: Location Sound Recordist: Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (Hindi), Baylon Fonseca, Sound Designer: Game (Hindi), Baylon Fonseca, Re-recordist of the final mixed track: Game (Hindi): Hitendra Ghosh
BEST EDITING: Aaranyakandam (Tamil), Pravin K. L.
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN: Naukadubi (Bengali), Indraneel Ghosh
BEST COSTUME DESIGNER (Shared): a) Balgandharva (Marathi), Neeta Lulla b)The Dirty Picture (Hindi), Niharika Khan
BEST MAKE-UP ARTIST: Balgandharva (Marathi) & The Dirty Picture (Hindi), Vikram Gayakwad
BEST MUSIC DIRECTION: Songs: Laptop (Bengali), Neel Dutt, Background Score: Ranjana Ami Ar Ashbo Na (Bengali), Mayookh Bhaumik
BEST LYRICS: I Am (Hindi), Agar Zindagi...,Amitabh Bhattacharya
SPECIAL JURY AWARD: Ranjana Ami Ar Ashbo Na (Bengali), Anjan Dutt
BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS: Ra. One (Hindi), Harry Hingorani and Keitan Yadav
BEST CHOREOGRAPHY: Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (Hindi), (Senorita), Bosco Caeser
BEST FEATURE FILM IN EACH OF THE LANGUAGE SPECIFIED IN THE SCHEDULE VIII OF THE CONSTITUTION:
BENGALI: Ranjana Ami Ar Ashbo Na, Producer: Rana Sarkar, Director : Anjan Dutt
DOGRI: Dille Ch Vasya Koi, Producer: Sanjeev Rattan, Director: Sanjeev Rattan
HINDI: I Am, Producer: Anirban Dhar (Onir) & Sanjay Suri, Director: Onir
KANNADA: Kurmavatara, Producer: Basant Kumar Patil, Director: Girish Kasaravalli
MALAYALAM: Indian Rupee, Producer: August Cinema India Pvt. Ltd., Director : Ranjith Balakrishnan
MANIPURI: Phijigee Mani, Producer: Takhelchangbam Ongbi and Medha Sharmi, Director : Oinam Gautam Singh
MARATHI: Shala, Producer: Vivek D. Wagh & Nilesh Navalkha, Director: Sujay Sunil Dahake
PUNJABI: Anhe Ghorey Da Daan, Producer: National Film Development Corporation, Director: Gurvinder Singh
TAMIL: Vaagai Sooda Va, Producer: S. Muruganandham, Director: A. Sargunam
SPECIAL MENTION: Byari (Byari): Mallika
Adimadhyantham (Malayalam), Director : Sherry
BEST NON FEATURE FILM: And We Play On (Hindi & English), Producer: Pramod PuRs.wane, Director: Pramod PuRs.wane
BEST DEBUT FILM OF A DIRECTOR: The Silent Poet (Manipuri), Producer: Borun Thokchom, Director: Borun Thokchom
BEST ANTHROPOLOGICAL/ ETHNOGRAPHIC FILM: Bom (Hindi & English), Producer:
Anirban Datta, Director: Amlan Datta
BEST BIOGRAPHICAL/ HISTORICAL RECONSTRUCTION: Vishnupant Damle: Bolpatancha Mook Nayak (Marathi), Producer: Anil Anant Damle, Director: VirendraValsangkar
BEST ARTS /CULTURAL FILM: (Jointly Being given to two films): Fried Fish, Chicken Soup and a Premiere Show (Manipuri & English) Producer: Madhusree Dutta, Director: Mamta Murthy and Lasya Kavvya – the World of Alarmel Valli (English), Producer: Sankalp Meshram, Director: Sankalp Meshram
BEST PROMOTIONAL FILM: The Dream Fulfilled - Memories of the Engineering Challenges
(English) Producer: Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, Director: Satish Pande
BEST ENVIRONMENT FILM: Tiger Dynasty (English), Producer: S. Nallamuthu, Director :
BEST FILM ON SOCIAL ISSUES: (Jointly Being given to two Films): Mindscapes… of Love and Longing (Hindi & English), Producer: Public Service Broadcasting Trust, Director: Arun Chadha and Inshallah, Football (Kashmiri, Urdu & English), Producer: Ashvin Kumar, Director:
BEST EDUCATIONAL FILM: A Drop of Sunshine (English), Producer: Public Service Broadcasting Trust, Director: Aparna Sanyal
BEST EXPLORATION/ ADVENTURE FILM: (Including sports): The Finish Line (English),
Producer: Syed Sultan Ahmed & Tabassum Modi, Director: Akshay Roy
BEST INVESTIGATIVE FILM: Cotton for My Shroud (English), Producer: Kavita Bahl,
Director: Nandan Saxena and Kavita Bahl
SPECIAL JURY AWARD: Jai Bhim Comrade (Marathi), Anand Patwardhan
BEST SHORT FICTION: Panchakki (Hindi), Producer: Sanjeev Rattan, Director: Sanjeev Rattan
BEST FILM ON FAMILY VALUES: Red Building where the Sun Sets (English), Producer: Syed Sultan Ahmed & Tabassum Modi, Director: Revathy
BEST DIRECTION: There is Something in the Air (Hindi, Urdu & English), Iram Ghufran
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Tiger Dynasty (English), S. Nallamuthu
BEST AUDIOGRAPHY: 1, 2 (Hindi), Gautam Nair
BEST EDITING: There is Something in the Air (Hindi, Urdu & English), Iram Ghufran
BEST MUSIC DIRECTION: Panchakki (Hindi), Dhruba Jyoti Phukan
BEST NARRATION/ VOICE OVER: Just that Sort of a Day, (English), Ann Abraham
SPECIAL MENTION: (Two Films): a. You Don’t Belong (Bengali & English), Director :
Spandan Banerjee b. Airawat (Marathi & Hindi), Director: Renu Savant
BEST WRITING ON CINEMA
BEST BOOK ON CINEMA: R.D. Burman The Man, The Music (English), Publisher: Harper Collins India, Author: Anirudha Bhattacharjee and Balaji Vittal
BEST FILM CRITIC: Manoj Barpujari (Assamese and English)