59th National Film Awards
|59th National Film Awards|
59th National Film Awards event logo
|Awarded for||Best of Indian cinema in 2011|
Mohammad Hamid Ansari|
(Vice-President of India)
|Presented by||Directorate of Film Festivals|
|Announced on||7 March 2012|
|Presented on||3 May 2012|
|Site||Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi|
|Hosted by||Vinay Pathak and Saumya Tandon|
|Best Feature Film|
|Best Non-Feature Film||And We Play On|
|Most awards||Anhe Ghore Da Daan, Balgandharva, Chillar Party, Deool, Ranjana Ami Ar Ashbona and The Dirty Picture (3)|
The 59th National Film Awards, presented by the Directorate of Film Festivals, honoured the best of Indian cinema for 2011 and took place on 3 May 2012 at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi. Awards were presented in 38 categories in the Feature Films section, 20 categories in the Non-Feature Films section and two categories for the Best Writing on Cinema section; 41 jury members chose the winners from 392 entries. The ceremony was hosted by actors Vinay Pathak and Saumya Tandon. Awards were presented by the Vice-President of India, Mohammad Hamid Ansari. The ceremony was broadcast live on three television channels, eleven All India Radio stations, and webcast live.
Deool, a Marathi film, and Byari, the first and only Beary film, shared the award for the Best Feature Film. The award for the Best Non-Feature Film was given to the Hindi‐English documentary And We Play On. The book, R. D. Burman: The Man, The Music, co-authored by Anirudha Bhattacharjee and Balaji Vittal, won the Best Book on Cinema; Assamese film critic Manoj Barpujari was declared the Best Film Critic. Gurvinder Singh won the best feature film direction award for his directorial debut, Anhe Ghore Da Daan. For the film Deool, Girish Kulkarni won the awards for Best Actor and Best Dialogue; Bollywood actress Vidya Balan won the Best Actress award for The Dirty Picture. The Dadasaheb Phalke Award, regarded as the most prestigious recognition in Indian cinema, was given to the veteran Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee for his contribution to Bengali cinema.
The Directorate of Film Festivals invited nominations for the 2012 award ceremony on 26 December 2011. Feature and Non-Feature Films certified by Central Board of Film Certification between 1 January 2011, and 31 December 2011, were eligible for the film award categories. The written material on Indian cinema published in Indian print media during the same period were eligible for the best writing on cinema section. The dubbed, revised or copied versions of a film or translation, abridgements, edited or annotated works and reprints were ineligible for the awards. The deadline for submissions was 17 January 2012.
The Feature Film category received 186 entries in 19 languages, marking the highest number of submissions in the history of the National Film Awards, as of 2011. A total of 156 entries were received in the Non-Feature Films category along with 28 books and 22 articles which were submitted for the Best Writing in Cinema.
The National Film Awards are grouped into three sections: Feature Films, Non-Feature Films and Writing on Cinema. On 7 March 2012, in a press conference held at Shastri Bhavan, New Delhi, the winners for the 2012 award ceremony were announced. A lifetime achievement award, named after Dadasaheb Phalke, was awarded to a film personality for an outstanding contribution to the Indian Cinema. The winners were awarded a medallion, a cash prize and a certificate of merit.
Dadasaheb Phalke Award
Introduced in 1969, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award is the highest award given to recognise the contributions of film personalities towards the development of Indian cinema and for distinguished contributions to the medium, its growth and promotion. A committee consisting of five personalities from the Indian film industry was appointed to evaluate the Dadasaheb Phalke award nominations for 2011. Following were the jury members:
|• Shyam Benegal (Filmmaker and screen writer)|
|• Girish Kasaravalli (Filmmaker)|
|• Saeed Akhtar Mirza (Screenwriter and director)|
|• Ramesh Sippy (Filmmaker and producer)|
|• V. K. Murthy (Cinematographer)|
The Dadasaheb Phalke award for 2011 was announced on 23 March 2012. Actor Soumitra Chatterjee won the award for his contribution to Indian cinema, predominantly in Bengali cinema. Chatterjee was a regular in Satyajit Ray films, has worked with other notable directors such as Mrinal Sen and Tapan Sinha in a career lasting over 50 years.
|Name of Award||Awardee(s)||Awarded As||Awards|
|Dadasaheb Phalke Award||Soumitra Chatterjee||Actor||Swarna Kamal, ₹1 million (US$15,000) and a Shawl|
Feature films were awarded at national and regional levels. A Marathi film, Deool and a Beary film, Byari, shared the National Film Award for Best Feature Film. Deool became the third Marathi film to win the honour after Shyamchi Aai (1953) and Shwaas (2003). The film's author and lead actor, Girish Kulkarni, won the awards for Best Actor and Best Dialogues. Byari is the first feature film ever made in the Beary language. In this section, 24 films won awards, and six films, including Deool, the Punjabi film Anhe Ghore Da Daan, another Marathi film Balgandharva, a Bengali film Ranjana Ami Ar Ashbona and two Hindi films Chillar Party and The Dirty Picture, won three awards each.
For the Feature Film section, six committees were formed based on the different geographic regions in India. The two-tier evaluation process included a central committee and five regional committees. The central committee, headed by the actor Rohini Hattangadi, included the heads of each regional committee and five other jury members. At regional level, each committee consisted of one chief and four members. The chief and one non-chief member of each regional committee were selected from outside that geographic region. The table below names the jury members for the central and regional committees:
|• Rohini Hattangadi (Chairperson) (Actress)|
|• K. Hariharan (Filmmaker)||• K. P. Kumaran (Filmmaker)|
|• Vinay Shukla (Filmmaker)||• Alaknanda Roy (Actress)|
|• A. S. Kanal (Filmmaker, cinematographer and editor)||• Latika Padgaonkar (Writer)|
|• Prakash Belawadi (Director and journalist)||• Hiren Bora (Actor)|
|• Kishwar Desai (Author)||• Ranjani Mazumdar (Author)|
Northern Region: (Bhojpuri, Dogri , English, Hindi, Punjabi, Rajasthani, Urdu)
|• K. Hariharan (Head)|
|• Amrik Gill (Writer)||• Ayesha Sayani (Ad filmmaker)|
|• K. Bikram Singh (Filmmaker)||• Shyamal Karmakar (Director and editor)|
Eastern Region: (Assamese, Bengali, Oriya and North-Eastern dialects)
|• K. P. Kumaran (Head)|
|• Satarupa Sanyal (Filmmaker, actress and poet)||• Dilip Patnaik (Filmmaker)|
|• Bhagirathi (Actress)||• Ganesh Matkari (Film critic)|
Western Region: (Gujarati, Konkani, Marathi)
|• Vinay Shukla (Head)|
|• Pandhari Juker (Makeup Artist)||• Kanchan Nayak (Director)|
|• Hemendra Chaya (Actor)||• Banwari Taneja (Actor)|
Southern Region I: (Malayalam, Tamil)
|• Alaknanda Roy (Head)|
|• Sashi Paravoor (Director)||• T. G. Thyagarajan (Producer)|
|• S. P. Jananathan (Director)||• Bela Negi (Filmmaker and editor)|
Southern Region II: (Kannada, Telugu)
|• A. S. Kanal (Head)|
|• Umashanker Swamy (Filmmaker)||• P. H. Vishwanath (Filmmaker)|
|• K. Satyanarayana (Filmmaker)||• Ratnottama Sengupta (Film critic)|
All India Awards
At national level, feature films competed in 29 categories. The Swarna Kamal (Golden Lotus Award) was awarded in five categories, the Rajat Kamal (Silver Lotus Award) in the rest. In this edition, the Golden Lotus Award for the Best Animation Film and eight Silver Lotus Awards were not announced. The awards given were as follows:
Golden Lotus Award
|Name of Award||Name of Film(s)||Language||Awardee(s)||Cash Prize|
|Best Feature Film||Deool||Marathi||Producer: Abhijeet Gholap
Director: Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni
|Byari||Beary||Producer: T. H. Althaf Hussain|
|Best Debut Film of A Director||Aaranya Kaandam||Tamil||Producer: S. P. B. Charan
Director: Thiagarajan Kumararaja
|Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment||Azhagarsamiyin Kuthirai||Tamil||Producer: P. Madhan
|Best Children's Film||Chillar Party||Hindi||Producer: UTV Software Communications, Salman Khan
Director: Vikas Bahl and Nitesh Tiwari
|Best Direction||Anhe Ghore Da Daan||Punjabi||Gurvinder Singh||₹250,000 (US$3,700)|
Silver Lotus Award
|Name of Award||Name of Film(s)||Language(s)||Awardee(s)||Cash Prize|
|Best Actor||Deool||Marathi||Girish Kulkarni||₹50,000 (US$740)|
|Best Actress||The Dirty Picture||Hindi||Vidya Balan||₹50,000 (US$740)|
|Best Supporting Actor||Azhagarsamiyin Kuthirai||Tamil||Appukutty||₹50,000 (US$740)|
|Best Supporting Actress||Phijigee Mani||Manipuri||Leishangthem Tonthoingambi Devi||₹50,000 (US$740)|
|Best Child Artist||Stanley Ka Dabba||Hindi||Partho Gupte||₹50,000 (US$740)|
|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||₹50,000 (US$740)|
|Best Female Playback Singer||Abosheshey
("Dure Kothao Dure Dure" and "Aaji Bijan Ghare")
|Bengali||Roopa Ganguly||₹50,000 (US$740)|
|Best Cinematography||Anhe Ghore Da Daan||Punjabi||Cameraman: Satya Rai Nagpaul
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• Screenplay Writer (Original)
|Chillar Party||Hindi||Vikas Bahl, Nitesh Tiwari and Vijay Maurya||₹50,000 (US$740)|
• Screenplay Writer (Adapted)
|Shala||Marathi||Avinash Deshpande Nigdi||₹50,000 (US$740)|
|Deool||Marathi||Girish Kulkarni||₹50,000 (US$740)|
• Location Sound Recordist
|Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara||Hindi||Baylon Fonseca||₹50,000 (US$740)|
• Sound Designer
|Game||Hindi||Baylon Fonseca||₹50,000 (US$740)|
• Re-recordist of the Final Mixed Track
|Game||Hindi||Hitendra Ghosh||₹50,000 (US$740)|
|Best Editing||Aaranya Kaandam||Tamil||Praveen K. L. and N. B. Srikanth||₹50,000 (US$740)|
|Best Art Direction||Noukadubi||Bengali||Indraneel Ghosh||₹50,000 (US$740)|
|Best Costume Design||Balgandharva||Marathi||Neeta Lulla||₹50,000 (US$740)|
|The Dirty Picture||Hindi||Niharika Khan|
|Best Make-up Artist||Balgandharva||Marathi||Vikram Gaikwad||₹50,000 (US$740)|
|The Dirty Picture||Hindi|
|Best Music Direction
|Ranjana Ami Ar Ashbona||Bengali||Neel Dutt||₹50,000 (US$740)|
|Best Music Direction
• Background Score
|Laptop||Bengali||Mayookh Bhaumik||₹50,000 (US$740)|
|Best Lyrics||I Am
|Hindi||Amitabh Bhattacharya||₹50,000 (US$740)|
|Best Special Effects||Ra.One||Hindi||Harry Hingorani and Keitan Yadav (Red Chillies VFX)||₹50,000 (US$740)|
|Best Choreography||Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
|Special Jury Award||Ranjana Ami Ar Ashbona||Bengali||Anjan Dutt (Actor, Singer, Writer, Director)||₹200,000 (US$3,000)|
|Byari||Beary||Mallika (Actress)||Certificate only|
National Film Awards are also given to the best films in the regional languages of India. Awards for the regional languages are categorised as per their mention in the Eighth schedule of the Constitution of India. Awardees included producers and directors of the film. No films in languages other than those specified in the Schedule VIII of the Constitution were eligible.
|Name of Award||Name of Film||Awardee(s)||Cash Prize|
|Best Feature Film in Bengali||Ranjana Ami Ar Ashbona||Rana Sarkar||Anjan Dutt||₹100,000 (US$1,500)|
|Best Feature Film in Dogri||Dille Ch Vasya Koi||Sanjeev Rattan||Sanjeev Rattan||₹100,000 (US$1,500)|
|Best Feature Film in Hindi||I Am||Onir and Sanjay Suri||Onir||₹100,000 (US$1,500)|
|Best Feature Film in Kannada||Koormavatara||Basant Kumar Patil||Girish Kasaravalli||₹100,000 (US$1,500)|
|Best Feature Film in Malayalam||Indian Rupee||August Cinema India Pvt. Ltd.||Ranjith||₹100,000 (US$1,500)|
|Best Feature Film in Manipuri||Phijigee Mani||Takhelchangbam Ongbi and Medha Sharmi||Oinam Gautam Singh||₹100,000 (US$1,500)|
|Best Feature Film in Marathi||Shala||Vivek Wagh and Nilesh Navalkar||Sujay Dahake||₹100,000 (US$1,500)|
|Best Feature Film in Punjabi||Anhe Ghore Da Daan||NFDC||Gurvinder Singh||₹100,000 (US$1,500)|
|Best Feature Film in Tamil||Vaagai Sooda Vaa||S. Muruganandham||A. Sarkunam||₹100,000 (US$1,500)|
In the Non-Feature Film section, 21 films won awards. Three films—Panchakki, There is Something in the Air and Tiger Dynasty—won three awards each. There is Something in the Air also won the award for best direction—one of the Golden Lotus awards for Non-Feature Films. Three Silver Lotus Awards from Non-Feature Films section were not awarded.
A committee of seven, headed by director Romesh Sharma, was appointed to evaluate the Non-Feature Films entries. The jury members were:
|• Romesh Sharma (Chairperson)(Producer and director)|
|• Brahmanand Singh (Filmmaker and screen writer)||• Supriyo Sen (Director)|
|• Suresh Kohli (Journalist)||• Sameer Hanchate (Producer and director)|
|• Haobam Paban Kumar (Director)||• Gouri Patwardhan (Cinematographer)|
Golden Lotus Award
|Name of Award||Name of Film(s)||Language(s)||Awardee(s)||Cash Prize|
|Best Non-Feature Film||And We Play On|| • Hindi
|Producer: Pramod Purswane
Director: Pramod Purswane
|Best Non-Feature Film Direction||There is Something in the Air|| • Hindi
|Iram Ghufran||₹150,000 (US$2,200)|
Silver Lotus Award
|Name of Award||Name of Film(s)||Language(s)||Awardee(s)||Cash Prize|
|Best First Non-Feature Film||The Silent Poet||Manipuri||Producer: Borun Thokchom
Director: Borun Thokchom
|Best Anthropological / Ethnographic Film||Bom|| • Hindi
|Producer: Anirban Datta
Director: Amlan Datta
|Best Biographical Film /Best Historical Reconstruction Film||Vishnupant Damle: Bolpatancha Mook Nayak||Marathi||Producer: Anil Anant Damle
Director: Virendra Valsangkar
|Best Arts / Cultural Film||Fried Fish, Chicken Soup and a Premiere Show|| • Manipuri
|Producer: Madhusree Dutta
Director: Mamta Murthy
|Lasya Kavvya – The World of Alarmel Valli||English||Producer: Sankalp Meshram|
Director: Sankalp Meshram
|Best Environment / Conservation / Preservation Film||Tiger Dynasty||English||Producer: S. Nallamuthu
Director: S. Nallamuthu
|Best Promotional Film||The Dream Fulfilled — Memories of the Engineering Challenges||English||Producer: Delhi Metro Rail Corporation
Director: Satish Pande
|Best Film on Social Issues||Mindscapes... of Love and Longing|| • Hindi
|Producer: Public Service Broadcasting Trust
Director: Arun Chadha
|Inshallah, Football|| • Kashmiri
|Producer: Javed Jaffrey|
Director: Ashvin Kumar
|Best Educational / Motivational / Instructional 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 and Tabassum Modi
Director: Akshay Roy
|Best Investigative Film||Cotton for My Shroud||English||Producer: Kavita Bahl
Director: Nandan Saxena and Kavita Bahl
|Best Short Fiction Film||Panchakki||Hindi||Producer: Sanjeev Rattan
Director: Sanjeev Rattan
|Best Film on Family Welfare||Red Building where the Sun Sets||English||Producer: Syed Sultan Ahmed and Tabassum Modi
|Best Cinematography||Tiger Dynasty||English||Cameraman: S. Nallamuthu||₹50,000 (US$740)|
|Best Audiography||1, 2||Hindi||Gautam Nair||₹50,000 (US$740)|
|Best Editing||There is Something in the Air|| • Hindi
|Iram Ghufran||₹50,000 (US$740)|
|Best Music Direction||Panchakki||Hindi||Dhrubajyoti Phukan||₹50,000 (US$740)|
|Best Narration / Voice Over||Just that Sort of a Day||English||Ann Abraham||₹50,000 (US$740)|
|Special Jury Award||Jai Bhim Comrade||Marathi||Anand Patwardhan (Director)||₹100,000 (US$1,500)|
|You Don't Belong|| • Bengali
|Spandan Banerjee (Director)||Certificate only|
|Airawat|| • Marathi
|Renu Savant (Director)|
Best Writing on Cinema
The Best Writing on Cinema awards are intended to encourage the study and appreciation of cinema as an art form and the dissemination of information and critical appreciation of the medium through books, articles, reviews etc.
A committee of three, headed by the National Award winning writer Vijaya Mulay was appointed to evaluate the nominations for the best writing on Indian cinema. The jury members were as follows:
|• Vijaya Mulay (Chairperson)(Filmmaker and writer)|
|• J. M. Parakh (Writer)||• M. F. Thomas (Editor and writer)|
Golden Lotus Award
Official Name: Swarna Kamal
|Name of Award||Name of Book||Language||Awardee(s)||Cash Prize|
|Best Book on Cinema||R. D. Burman: The Man The Music||English||Author: Anirudha Bhattacharjee and Balaji Vittal
Publisher:Harper Collins India
|Name of Award||Language(s)||Awardee||Cash Prize|
|Best Film Critic|| • Assamese
|Manoj Barpujari||₹75,000 (US$1,100)|
Awards not given
Across all the sections, 12 out of 60 awards were not presented. Some were not awarded because no entries were submitted and for others, no suitable films were found. All the awards for the Best Writing on Cinema section were awarded. The following awards from the other two sections were not given:
- Feature films
- Non-Feature Films
The awards presentation ceremony took place on 3 May 2012, at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi. The ceremony was presided over by the Vice-President of India, Mohammad Hamid Ansari. Other dignitaries present were Ambika Soni (Minister of Information and Broadcasting), Vinod Lamba (President of Film Federation of India), Dharmesh Tiwari (President of Federation of Western India Cine Employees), and two Ministers of State for Information and Broadcasting, C. M. Jatua and R. Jagathrakshkan. The chairpersons of the jury for the three awards sections were also present. The show was hosted by Hindi film actor Vinay Pathak and Hindi television actress, Saumya Tandon. It was broadcast live on the television channels Doordarshan 1, DD India and DD News; on eleven All India Radio stations; and on the official websites of the Directorate of Film Festivals and the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. The public screenings of the award-winning films were scheduled from 1 June 2012, to 10 June 2012, at the Siri Fort Auditorium II, New Delhi.
To mark the centenary of Indian cinema, the ceremony started with clips of the first full-length Indian feature film, Raja Harishchandra (1913). Directed by Dadasaheb Phalke, this silent film was released on 3 May 1913 at Coronation Cinema, Mumbai. To honour this historic event, Soni announced that 2013 would be observed as the centenary year of Indian Cinema and that the National Film Awards ceremony would be held on 3 May every year. She also announced that a National Heritage Mission would be set up to digitise and restore all audio and video tapes of Indian films. A Museum of Indian Cinema would also be inaugurated at the Gulshan Mahal, Mumbai, before May 2013.
Rajiv Mehrotra of the Public Service Broadcasting Trust won his twentieth National Film Award. The acclaimed Kannada director Girish Kasaravalli received his 13th National Film Award when his film Koormavatara won the Best Feature Film in Kannada award. The dress designer Neeta Lulla won her fourth award for the costumes in Balgandharva. Also, eleven child artists were given Best Child Artist Awards for their performances.
Three award-winners—Anand Bhate, Roopa Ganguly and Amitabh Bhattacharya, who won the award for Best Male Playback Singer, Best Female Playback Singer and Best Lyrics respectively—performed live during the ceremony. Both the singers performed their award-winning songs—Bhate sang "Chinmaya Sakal Hridaya" from the Marathi film Balgandharva and Ganguly performed "Dure Kothao Dure Dure" from her film Abosheshey. Bhattacharya was accompanied by singer-songwriter Amit Trivedi for the song "Agar Zindagi" from I Am.
After the awards were announced on 7 March 2012, Enajori.com, a society which promotes cultural heritage of Assam, filed a petition against the jury's decision for not considering Ekhon Nedekha Nodir Xhipare as an Assamese film and rejecting its nomination. In response to the plea the Delhi High Court issued a notice to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, the Directorate of Film Festivals, the Central Board of Film Certification, Rohini Hattangadi—chairperson of Feature Film section, and Hiren Bora—a jury member for the Feature Film section. After examining the documents submitted for the selection of regional films, the High Court dismissed the plea. The proceedings revealed that Ekhon Nedekha Nodir Xhipare, and other films from the eastern region, were previewed and rejected by the jury. The court imposed costs of ₹2,000 (US$30) on the petitioner for moving to the court without ascertaining the facts of the case.
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