Winners of 60th National Film Awards
Arti Ankalikari Tikekar for best playback singing in Marathi film Samhita
Vikram Gokhale shared the award with Irfan Khan in the best actor category for his role in the Marathi film Anumati.
The animated feature film Delhi Safari won the award for best animated feature film. Arpan Gaglani was the creative director of the film.
Directed by Sumitra Bhave and Sunil Sukthankar, Samhita stars Milind Soman, Devika Daftardar, Rajeshwari Sachdeva, Uttara Baokar and Jyoti Subhash, among others.
Ankalikari Tikekar has previously won the national awards for films such as Sardari Begum (1996) and Antarnaad (2006) — both of which were directed by Shyam Benegal. “It feels very good, because it was very unexpected. I was preparing for a trip when suddenly somebody called up and congratulated me for winning the award. I was on cloud nine.”
Vikram Gokhale, who shared the award with Irfan Khan in the best actor category for his role in the Marathi film Anumati. Khan won for Paan Singh Tomar. Gokhale, who was actually busy shooting for a film, said he was happy after winning the award and that it ‘felt good’
In addition the animated feature film Delhi Safari won the award for best animated feature film. Arpan Gaglani, creative director of the film says, “We were very confident of winning because the film had been very well received by critics and audiences all alike. Of course the film had won awards at major festivals and award ceremonies but this one takes the cake, because it is the highest in the country.”
Gaglani went on to add that his film winning the national award will give a further fillip to the DVD sales. “The film has done very well on the DVD market. However, we hoped that the film would have had a better run at the theatres. With the movie doing well on the DVD and home entertainment market, we hope now the national award would be a bigger sales booster,” he said. In addition they will now be launching the film’s 3D DVD in the market. The pack will be bundled with 3D glasses, so that everyone will be able to see the film in 3D without actually needing a 3D television.
With eight awards, students make FTII proud
It was a day of self-affirmation for the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), as eight National Awards went to student films such as Kaatal, After Glow and Allah Is Great.
Kaatal, a Marathi film tells the story of a couple who met for the last time, before the girl, Sampada moves to another city. The film bagged the Best Short Fiction and Best Direction Awards, and also won a shared award for cinematography. The film’s director, Vikrant Pawar said, “I tried to express these emotions but could only express them through cinema. I wanted to make a film about the relationship between two human beings.
“This film very close to my heart; it’s very personal and is I receive such appreciation, it is great motivation for me,” he added.
After Glow, an FTII film made by Kaushal Oza, was recognised as the Best Film on Family Values, while the multi-lingual Allah Is Great received special mention at the awards. FTII itself will also receive awards for producing Kaatal and After Glow.
While Kaatal is a romantic story, After Glow is a film about a widow, Meher who tries to come to terms with her loss and grief, while her friends and relatives, according to Parsi customs, offer their condolences and mock sympathy.
Allah Is Great, made by Andrea Iannetta follows a Danish engineer who works in the Indian country side. He is expected to participate in a conference in Nairobi, but gets stranded in a remote village when the driver fails to pick him up for his flight. The film tells the story of how different the educated foreign engineer and the local cab driver are, and how such differences can lead to miscommunication and mishaps.
Here is the complete list of the winners:
Best Feature Film: Paan Singh Tomar
Irrfan has won the Best Actor award for his powerful performance in ‘Paan Singh Tomar’. Here is the complete list.
Best Director: Shivaji Lotan Patil for the film Dhag (Marathi).
Best Actor: Irrfan for Paan Singh Tomar and Vikram Gokhale for Anumati (Marathi)
Best Actress: Usha Jadhav for Marathi film Dhag
Best Supporting Actor: Annu Kapoor for Vicky Donor
Best Supporting Actress: Dolly Ahluwalia for Vicky Donor and Kalpana for ThanichallaNjan (Malyalam)
Best Child Artist: Virendra Pratap for Dekh Indian Circus (Hindi) and Minon for 101 Chodiyangal (Malayalam)
Best Male Playback Singer: Shankar Mahadevan for ‘Bolo Na’ song from Chittagong
Best Female Playback Singer: Samhita for ‘Palakein Naa Moon Don’ song from ‘Aarti Anklekartikekar’ (Marathi)
Best Screenplay Writer (Original): Sujoy Ghosh for Kahaani
Best Screenplay Writer (Adapted): Bhavesh Mandalia and Umesh Shukla for ‘Oh My God’
Best Dialogue: Anjali Menon for Ustad Hotel (Malayalam)
Best Lyrics: Prasoon Joshi for ‘Chitrangadha'(Bengali), ‘Kahaani’, ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’, ‘Dekh Indian circus’ and ‘Talaash’ (Hindi)
Best Choreography: Birju Maharaj for ‘Vishwaroopam’ (Tamil)
Best Popular Film for wholesome entertainment: Vicky Donor (Hindi), Ustad (Malayalam)
Best Animation Film: Delhi Safari
Best Children’s Film: Dekh Indian Circus
Best Film on Environment Conservation/Preservation: Black Forest (Malayalam)
Best Film on Social Issues: Spirit (Malayalam)
Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film On National Integration: ThanichallaNjan (Malyalam)
Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of a Director: Chittagong (Hindi) and 101 Chodiyangal (Malayalam)
Best Editing: Namrata Rao for Kahaani
Best Production Design: Boontawee ‘Thor’ Taweepasas and Lalgudi N. Ilayaraja for Vishwaroopam (Tamil)
Best Costume Design: Poornima Ramaswamy for Paradesi (Tamil)
Best Make-up Artist: Raja for Vazakkuenn (Tamil)
Special Jury Award: Rituparno Ghosh for Chitrangada (Bengali) and Nawazuddin Siddiqui for Kahaani, Gangs of Wasseypur, Talaash , Dekh Indian Circus
Best Special Effects: Eega (Telugu)
Best Sound Designer: Anirban Sengupta and Dipankar Chaki for Shabdo (Bengali)
Best Location Sound Recordist: Radhakrishnan S for AnnayumRasoolum (Malayalam)
Best Re-recordist of the final mixed track: Alok De, Sinoy Joseph and Shreejesh Nair for Gangs of Wasseypur (Hindi)
Best Cinematography: Sudheer Palsane for KO:YAD (Mising)
Best Assamese Film: Baandhon
Best Bengali Film: Shabdo
Best Gujarati Film: The Good Road
Best Hindi Film: Filmistan
Best Kannada Film: Bharath Stores
Best Malyalam Film: Celluloid
Best Manipuri Film: Leipaklei
Best Marathi Film: Investment
Best Punjabi Film: Nabar
Best Tamil Film: Vazakkuenn 18/9
Best Telugu Film: Eega
Best Urdu Film: Harud
Best English Film: Lessons Forgetting
Best Mising Film: KO:YAD
Best Non Feature Film: Shepherds of Paradise (Gojri & Urdu)
Best Debut Film of a Director: EkaGachhaEkaManisaEkaSamudra (Odia)
Best Anthropological/ Ethnographic Film: Char …..The No-Man’s Island (Bengali)
Best Biographical/Historical Reconstruction: Celluloid Man (English, Hindi, Kannada and Bengali)
Best Art/Cultural Film: Dreaming Taj Mahal (Hindi and Urdu)
Best Environment Film including Agriculture: Timbaktu (English)
Best Film on Social Issues: Behind The Mist (Malayalam)
Best Adventure Film: Manipuri Pony (English and Manipuri)
Best Investigative Film: Inshallah Kashmir (English)
Special Jury Award: I Am Micro (English) and Cancer Katha (English)
Best Short Fiction: Kaatal (Marathi)
Best Film on Family Values: After Glow (English and Gujarati)
Best Direction: Kaatal (Marathi)
Best Cinematography: Kaatal (Marathi) and Shepherds of Paradise (Gojri and Urdu)
Best Audiography: Do Din Ka Mela (Kutchi)
Best Editing: Celluloid Man (English, Hindi, Kannada and Bengali)
Best Narration/Voice Over: Suranjana Deepali (Assamese)
Special Mention: Pinch of Skin (English and Hindi), Allah is Great (English, Hindi and Danish), Raah (Animation)