26th July, 2003
Ministry of Information & Broadcasting


50th NATIONAL FILM AWARDS


NATIONAL AWARD FOR THE BEST WRITING ON CINEMA

The Jury for the Best Writing on Cinema consisted of the following:

  1. Ms. Udaya Tara Nayar (Chairman)
  2. Shri Om Thanvi (Member)
  3. Ms. Rashmi Doraiswamy (Member)

The books and the articles were circulated to the Jury when it first met on 4.07.2003 at Hotel Taj Palace, New Delhi. Subsequently it met on 24.07.2003 at Hotel Taj Palace for finalizing its recommendations for the following awards: -

  1. NATIONAL AWARD FOR THE BEST BOOK ON CINEMA 2002
  2. NATIONAL AWARD FOR THE BEST FILM CRITIC 2002

The Jury considered 25 books received for the award for the Best Book on Cinema 2002 representing 8 languages and articles by 16 film critics representing 5 languages for the award for the Best Film Critic 2002.

1. AWARD FOR THE BEST BOOK ON CINEMA 2002

Parama and Other Outsiders - The Cinema of Aparna Sen (English) and Ritu Aaye Ritu Jaaye (Hindi)

Swarna Kamal and a Cash Prize of Rs.7,500/- each to the

Authors : Shoma A. Chatterji and Sharad Dutt

Swarna Kamal and a Cash Prize of Rs.7,500/- .

Publishers : Parumita Publications & Saaransh Publications Pvt. Ltd.

Citation

The award for the Best Book on Cinema is shared by Shoma A. Chatterji for 'Parama and Other Outsiders: The Cinema of Aparna Sen' in English and Sharad Dutt for 'Ritu Aaye Ritu Jaye' in Hindi.

While Shoma A. Chatterji's work is a painstaking and thought-provoking study of the works of Aparna Sen with a clear focus on their socio-economic relevance and context, Sharad Dutt has written a biography of a trend-setting music director, the late Anil Biswas, whose life story encompasses not just his personal struggles and achievements but also the scenario of Hindi film music when it was at its creative best.

 

2. AWARD FOR THE BEST FILM CRITIC 2002

Utpal Borpujari (English)

Swarna Kamal and cash prize of Rs.15,000/- to

Utpal Borpujari (English)

Citation

The Best Cinema Critic Award goes to Utpal Borpujari (English) for his sensitive analysis of a wide range of films - Indian, foreign, feature and documentary - and his attempt to focus on social issues and changing family mores and values.

 

SPECIAL MENTION

The Jury makes a Special Mention of Film Critic Ashok Rane (Marathi) for his objective evaluation of trends in cinema in India as well as abroad.

 

JURY RECOMMENDATIONS

  1. A panel of translators should be made easily available to jury members for judging books in various regional Indian languages. The list of translators on the panel should be given to the jury at the first meeting itself. Since the prevailing remuneration is unattractive a raise should be considered.
  2. A Screening Panel should eliminate entries that do not qualify for judging as per the rules.
  3. The time span given to the jury for judging should be increased to 45 days.
  4. If books awarded are in languages other than English, a provision should be made for their translation into English or Hindi.
  5. Enhancement of the cash award to Rs.50,000/- for the Book and the Critic should be considered.

 
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