26th July, 2003
Ministry of Information & Broadcasting


50th NATIONAL FILM AWARDS


 

1. AWARD FOR THE BEST NON-FEATURE FILM

NARAYAN GANGARAM SURVE (Marathi)

Swarna Kamal and a Cash Prize of Rs. 20,000/- to the

Producer : Khayal Trust

Swarna Kamal and a cash prize of Rs. 20,000/- to the

Director : Arun Khopkar

Citation

The Award for the Best Non-feature Film of the year 2002 is given to the Marathi film NARAYAN GANGARAM SURVE for the innovative telling of the story of the life of the great Marathi poet juxtaposed with the evocative visualization of his poems. The film makes brilliant use of image and metaphor as it evolves a complex and powerful narrative.

 

2. THE AWARD FOR THE BEST FIRST NON-FEATURE FILM OF A DIRECTOR

PARAMAPATHAM (Tamil) and BEYOND OR WITHIN (English)

Rajat Kamal and a cash prize of Rs. 5,000/- to each

Producer : Film and Television Institute of Tamil Nadu for PARAMAPATHAM and P.T.M. Payyoli for BEYOND OR WITHIN

Rajat Kamal and a cash prize of Rs. 5,000/- to each

Director : Prabhu Radhakrishnan for PARAMAPATHAM and Vinod Mankara for BEYOND OR WITHIN

Citation

The award for the Best First Non-feature Film of a Director for the year 2002 is given to the Tamil film PARAMAPATHAM. Its director Prabhu Radhakrishnan displays a mature control of film form and weaves a taught, powerful and short narrative fiction to tell the story of a sculptor as the unanswered questions of his life unfold. And to the English film BEYOND OR WITHIN for its balanced exploration through an informative documentary on the ancient occult science and practice of the controversial Mantravada.

 

3. AWARD FOR THE BEST ANTHROPOLOGICAL/ ETHNOGRAPHIC FILM

THE MORUNG - SILENT WITNESS OF THE BRAVE WANCHO (English)

Rajat Kamal and a cash prize of Rs 10,000/- to the

Producer : Director, Anthropological Survey of India

Rajat Kamal and a cash prize of Rs. 10,000/- to the

Director : Bappa Ray

Citation

The award for the Best Anthropological/Ethnographic film of the year 2002 is given to the English film THE MORUNG - SILENT WITNESS OF THE BRAVE WANCHO for its detailed and painstaking yet engaging documentation of The Wancho Tribe of Arunachal Pradesh. The film imaginatively tells the story of both their past and the present through its vivid account of the central role that the 'dormitory' once played in the community.

 

4. AWARD FOR THE BEST BIOGRAPHICAL FILM

MEETING MANJIT (English)

Rajat Kamal and a cash prize of Rs. 10,000/- to the

Producer : Ina Puri

Rajat Kamal and a Cash Prize of Rs. 10,000/- to the

Director : Buddhadeb Dasgupta

Citation

The award for the Best Biographical Film of the year 2002 is given to the English film MEETING MANJIT. On the painter Manjeet Bawa, the film's maker Buddhadeb Dasgupta makes incisive use of the visual potential of cinema to give us rare insight into an artists life, his subconscious and its articulation on canvas. The film brilliantly juxtaposes the journeys of the artist, his friend Ina and the film maker himself.

 

5. AWARD FOR THE BEST ARTS/CULTURAL FILM

THE EYE OF THE FISH - THE KALARIES OF KERALA ( English )

Rajat Kamal and a cash prize of Rs. 5,000/- to each

Producers : Bankim and Babu Ramaswamy

Rajat Kamal and a Cash Prize of Rs. 10,000/- to the

Director : Priya Krishna Swamy

Citation

The award for the Best Arts/Cultural Film of the year 2002 is given to the English film THE EYE OF THE FISH - THE KALARIES OF KERALA. The rich visual texture of the film on Kalarippayuttu with its simple and effective story telling powerfully counterpoints its message of the need to reject violence and war and develop a focused mind as a potent tool of self realization.

 

6. AWARD FOR THE BEST SCIENTIFIC FILM

(Including method and process of science, contribution of Scientists etc.)

Award not given.

 

7. AWARD FOR THE BEST ENVIRONMENT/CONSERVATION/PRESERVATION FILM (Including awareness)

URUMATTRAM (Tamil)

Rajat Kamal and a Cash Prize of Rs. 5,000/- to each

Producers : G. Meenakshi Sundaram & B. Sivakumar

RAJAT Kamal and a cash prize of Rs. 10,000/- to the

Director : B. Sivakumar

Citation

The award for the Best Environment/Conservation/Preservation film of the year 2002 is given to the Tamil film URUMATTRAM. The film is a moving short fiction that captures the depth of human emotions embodied in mans relationship to nature that nurtures him. Even as all seems lost to the family patriarch as trees must make way for a plastic factory, the grand son offers seeds of hope.

 

8. AWARD FOR THE BEST PROMOTIONAL FILM

(To cover tourism exports, crafts, industry etc.)

THE TREASURE IN THE SNOW: A FILM ON SIKKIM (English)

Rajat Kamal and a cash prize of Rs. 5,000/- to each

Producers : Ministry of External Affairs and South Asia Foundation

Rajat Kamal and a cash prize of Rs. 10,000/- to the

Director : Goutam Ghose

Citation

The award for the Best Promotional Film of the year 2002 is given to the English film THE TREASURE IN THE SNOW: A FILM ON SIKKIM for its weaving of a magical cinematic spell that vividly captures the mist and mystery of the abundant natural beauty of Sikkim - its history, people and culture.

 

9. AWARD FOR THE BEST AGRICULTURAL FILM

(To include subject related to and allied to agriculture like animal husbandry, dairying etc.)

Award not given.

 

10. AWARD FOR THE BEST HISTORICAL RECONSTRUCTION/ COMPILATION FILM

Award not given.

 

11. AWARD FOR THE BEST FILM ON SOCIAL ISSUES

(Such as prohibition, women and child welfare, and dowry, drug abuse, Welfare of the handicapped etc.)

AVCHETAN (Hindi)

Rajat Kamal and a cash prize of Rs. 10,000/- to the

Producer : Prem Matiyani

Rajat Kamal and a cash prize of Rs. 10,000/- to the

Director : Manisha Dwivedi

Citation

The award for the Best Film on Social Issues for the year 2002 is given to the Hindi film AVCHETAN for its sensitive and direct portrayal of the predicaments and crisis of homosexuality both for the individual and his family. The short film powerfully covers a large canvas bringing together a team of outstanding new talent from the FTII led by Manisha Diwedi.

 

12. AWARD FOR THE BEST EDUCATIONAL/MOTIVATIONAL/ INSTRUCTIONAL FILM

Award not given.

 

13. AWARD FOR THE BEST EXPLORATION/ADVENTURE FILM

(To include sports)

Award not given.

14. AWARD FOR THE BEST INVESTIGATIVE FILM

Award not given.

 

15. AWARD FOR THE BEST ANIMATION FILM

Award not given.

16. SPECIAL JURY AWARD

Rajat Kamal and a Cash Prize of Rs. 10,000 to

Director: Wrik Basu

Citation

Special Jury Award for the year 2002 is given to the Director Wrik Basu and his team for the English film 00 : 00 for its intelligent and engaging use of cinematic form and structure as it weaves itself in and out of hotel rooms and peoples lives on New Years Eve at a sea-side hotel.

 

17. AWARD FOR THE BEST SHORT FICTION FILM

SUNDER JEBON (Bengali)

Rajat Kamal and a cash prize of Rs. 10,000/- to the

Producer : Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute

Rajat Kamal and a cash prize of Rs. 10,000/- to the

Director : Sandeep Chattopadhyay

Citation

The award for the Best Short Fiction Film of the Year 2002 is given to the Bengali film SUNDER JEBON for its sensitive and nuanced story about a writer and the sour taste of beauty. The film is notable for its technical excellence and the excellent synergy created by the young director Sandip Chattopadhyay and his colleagues from the Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute in Calcutta. This award applauds them all.

 

18. AWARD FOR THE BEST FILM ON FAMILY WELFARE

DHATRI PANNA ( Hindi )

Rajat Kamal and a Cash Prize of Rs. 10,000/- to the

Producer: Films Division

Rajat Kamal and a cash prize of Rs. 10,000/- to the

Director : Gul Bahar Singh

Citation

The award for the Best Film on Family Welfare for the year 2002 is given to the Hindi film DHATRI PANNA for its success in the simple yet difficult art of cinematic story telling with an important and explicit message for its rural audience, of how the tradition of the village dai can and must give way to the trained midwife.

 

19. AWARD FOR THE BEST DIRECTION

Swarna Kamal and a Cash Prize of Rs. 20,000/- to the

Director Anjali Panjabi

Citation

The award for the Best Direction for the Year 2002 is given to Anjali Panjabi for the English film A FEW THINGS I KNOW ABOUT HER on the saint Mirabai. With rare cinematic virtuosity, she brings together different strands from the elusive Mirabai's drawing upon stories, poetry, myth and legend into a cohesive whole.

 

20. AWARD FOR THE BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Award not given.

 

21. AWARD FOR THE BEST AUDIOGRAPHY

Award not given.

 

22. AWARD FOR THE BEST EDITING

Rajat Kamal and a cash prize of Rs. 10,000/- to the

Editor: Prathapan P.

Citation

The award for the Best Editing for the Year 2002 is given to PRATHPAN P. for the English film 00 : 00 for its intelligent end engaging use of cinematic form and structure as it weaves itself in and out of hotel rooms and peoples lives on New Years Eve at a sea-side hotel.

 

23. AWARD FOR THE BEST MUSIC DIRECTION

Rajat Kamal and a cash prize of Rs. 10,000/- to the

Music Director: Raja Mitra

Citation

The award for the Best Music Direction for the year 2002 is given to RAJA MITRA for the English film KALIGHAT PAINTINGS AND DRAWINGS for a simple yet engaging music track that brings alive the Kalighat paintings in the film of the same title.

 

24. BEST NARRAITON /VOICE OVER

Award not given.

 

25. SPECIAL MENTION

RAJA MITRA

The Special Mention for 2002 is made for RAJA MITRA the director of the English film KALIGHAT PAINTINGS AND DRAWINGS for its significant achievement in documenting the rich artistic tradition and its implicit social commentary.

 
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