46TH NATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 1999

    THE FEATURE FILM JURY OF THE 46TH NATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL - 1999 HAS GIVEN THE FOLLOWING AWARDS:-

1. BEST FEATURE FILM

SAMAR (HINDI) Synopsis

Swarna Kamal and a cash prize of Rs.50,000/- to the Producer SHYAM BENEGAL SAHYADRI FILMS & NATIONAL FILM DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION LTD

Swarna Kamal and a cash prize of Rs.50,000/- to the Director SHYAM BENEGAL

Citation

THE AWARD FOR THE BEST FEATURE FILM OF 1998 IS GIVEN TO THE HINDI FILM SAMAR FOR THE INNOVATIVE AND HUMAN MANNER IN WHICH THE DIRECTOR STRUCTURES AND PRESENTS A CONTINUING SOCIAL EVIL. 2. INDIRA GANDHI AWARD FOR BEST FIRST FILM OF A DIRECTOR

DAYA (MALAYALAM) Synopsis

Swarna Kamal and a cash prize of Rs.25,000/- to the Producer C.K. GOPINATH

Swarna Kamal and a cash prize of Rs.25,000/- to the Director VENU

Citation

THE INDIRA GANDHI AWARD FOR THE BEST FIRST FILM OF A DIRECTOR OF 1998 IS GIVEN TO THE MALAYALAM FILM DAYA FOR ITS DEPICTION OF A DELIGHTFUL FAIRY-TALE-LIKE THEME LENDING EXOTIC SOPHISTICATION AND COLOUR TO THE UNIQUE MOSAIC OF CREATIVITY, IMAGINATION AND STYLE. 3. AWARD FOR BEST POPULAR FILM PROVIDING WHOLESOME ENTERTAINMENT

KUCH KUCH HOTA HAI (HINDI) Synopsis

Swarna Kamal and a cash prize of Rs.40,000/- to the Producer YASH JOHAR

Swarna Kamal and a cash prize of Rs.40,000/- to the Director KARAN JOHAR

Citatation

THE AWARD FOR THE BEST POPULAR FILM PROVIDING WHOLESOME ENTERTAINMENT OF 1998 IS GIVEN TO THE HINDI FILM KUCH KUCH HOTA HAI FOR THE IRRESISTIBLE CHARM AND UNIVERSAL APPEAL OF ITS STORY, MUSIC, DANCE AND PERFORMANCES. 4. NARGIS DUTT AWARD FOR BEST FEATURE FILM ON NATIONAL INTEGRATION

ZAKHM (HINDI) Synopsis

Rajat Kamal and a cash prize of Rs. 30,000/- to the Producer POOJA BHATT

Rajat Ramal and a cash prize of Rs. 30,000/- to the Director MAHESH BHATT

Citation

THE NARGIS DUTT AWARD FOR THE BEST FEATURE FILM OF 1998 IS                     GIVEN TO THE HINDI FILM ZAKHM FOR BOLDLY DEALING WITH SOCIAL AND RELIGIOUS STRIFE, COMMUNAL TENSIONS, VIOLENCE AND

DISHARMONY IN CONTEMPORARY TIMES. THE FILM HAS A MESSAGE OF LOVE AND PEACE THAT IS CONVEYED IN A SENSITIVE WAY.
 
 

5. BEST FILM ON FAMILY WELFARE

ATMIYO SWAJAN (BENGALI) Synopsis

Rajat Kamal and a cash prize of Rs. 30,000/-- to the Producer MESSERS DHATRI FILMS

Rajat Kamal and a cash prize of Rs. 30,000/- to the Director RAJA SEN

Citation

THE AWARD FOR THE BEST FILM ON FAMILY WELFARE OF 1998 IS GIVEN TO THE BENGALI FILM ATMIYO SWAJAN FOR VIVIDLY PORTRAYING EMOTIONAL AND MORAL PROBLEMS FACED BY AN EXTENDED FAMILY WEARING A RICH TAPESTRY OF RELATIONSHIPS, THE FILM BRINGS FORTH HOPE FOR THE AGED AND CELEBRATES LIFE FOR THE YOUNG. 6. BEST FILM ON OTHER SOCIAL ISSUES SUCH AS PROHIBITION, WOMEN AND CHILD WELFARE, ANTI-DOWRY, DRUG ABUSE, WELFARE OF THE HANDICAPPED ETC.

CHINTHAVISHTAYAYA SHYAMALA (MALAYALAM) Synopsis

Rajat Kamal and a cash prize of Rs. 30,000/- to the Producer C. KARUNAKARAN

Rajat Kamal and a cash prize of Rs. 30,000/- to the Director SREENIVASAN

Citation

THE AWARD FOR THE BEST FILM ON OTHER SOCIAL ISSUES SUCH AS PROHIBITION, WOMEN AND CHILD WELFARE, ANTI-DOWRY, DRUG ABUSE, WELFARE OF THE HANDICAPPED ETC., OF 1998 IS GIVEN TO THE MALAYALAM FILM CHINTHAVISHTAYAYA SHYAMALA FOR ITSTHEME OF A WOMAN'S STRUGGLE AGAINST RELENTLESS DIFFICULTIES HEAPED UPON HER BY HER WORTHLESS HUSBAND. HER ULTIMATE SUCCESS AND EMANCIPATION PROVE TO BE SOCIALLY INSPIRING. 7. BEST FILM ON ENVIRONMENT CONSERVATION/PRESERVATION

MALLI (TAMIL) Synopsis

Rajat Kamal and a cash prize of Rs. 30,000- to the Producer D.K. BHAT, CEO, N'CYPRajat Kamal and a cash prize of Rs. 30,000/- to the Director SANTOSH SIVAN

Citation

THE AWARD FOR THE BEST FILM ON ENVIRONMENT CONSERVATION/PRESERVATION OF 1998 IS GIVEN TO THE TAMIL FILM MALLI FOR ITS LUCID AND LYRICAL DEPICTION OF NATURE AND THE NEED TO SAVE THE ENVIRONMENTAL ASSETS WHICH HAVE MADE LIFE ON TRIS EARTH POSSIBLE AND BEAUTIFUL. 8. BEST CHILDREN'S FILM

KABHI PASS KABHI FAIL (HINDI) Synopsis

Swarna Kamal and a cash prize of Rs. 30,000/- to the Producer D.K. BHAT, CEO, N'CYP

Swarna Kamal and a cash prize of Rs. 30,000/- to the Director VIRENDRA SAINI

Citation

THE AWARD FOR THE BEST CHILDREN'S FILM OF 1998 IS GIVEN TO THE HINDI FILM KABHI PASS KABHI FAIL FOR WEAVING AN ENCHANTING TALE THAT CAN BE ENJOYED BY CHILDREN OF ALL AGES AND DRAWING MEMORABLE PERFORMANCES FROM ITS LARGE CAST OF CHARACTERS. 9. BEST DIRECTION

RAJEEVNATH

Swarna Kamal and a cash prize of Rs. 50,000/- to the Director RAJEEVNATH

Citation

THE AWARD FOR THE BEST DIRECTION OF 1998 IS GIVEN TO RAJEEVNATH FOR THE MALAYALAM FILM JANANI FOR A WARMLY COMPASSIONATE FILM WHERE SUBJECT AND TREATMENT ARE IN PERFECT HARMONY. 10. BEST ACTOR

AJAY DEVGAN & MAMMOOTTY

Rajat Kamal and a cash prize of Rs. 10,000/- to the Actors – AJAY DEVGAN & MAMMOOTTY
 
 

Citation

THE AWARD FOR THE BEST ACTOR OF 1998 IS GIVEN EK-ACQUO TO TWO ACTORS:

TO AJAY DEVGAN IN ZAKHM FOR HIS RESTRAINED AND MOVING PERFORMANCE OF AN ANGRY MAN EXASPERATED WITH THE FAILING SYSTEM.

TO MAMMOTTY IN DR. BABA SAHEB AMBEDKAR FOR BRINGING TO LIFE A GREAT NATIONAL FIGURE IN A STRONG AND MEMORABLE PERFORMANCE SPANNING SEVERAL DECADES ACROSS THREE CONTINENTS.
 
 

11. BEST ACTRESS

SHABANA AZMI

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

Citation

THE AWARD FOR THE BEST ACTRESS OF 1998 IS GIVEN TO SHABANA AZMI FOR HINDI FILM GODMOTHER FOR HER DRAMATIC AND PASSIONATE PORTRAYAL OF A WOMAN FORCED TO FIGHT IN A MAN'S WORLD. THE ACTRESS LENDS A RARE INTENSITY AND DIGNITY TO HER PORTRAYAL AS THE VICTIM FORCED TO TAKE THE LAW INTO HER HANDS SHE PROJECTS A WIDE RANGE OF INTRICATE AND COMPLEK EMOTIONS WITH EASE AND SINCERITY. SHABANA AZMI FLAWLESSLY WEAVES EXPRESSION, VOICE AND BODY LANGUAGE AND COMES UP WITH ONE OF HER MOST MEMORABLE PERFORMANCES TO DATE. 12. BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

MANOJ BAJPAI

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

Citation

THE AWARD FOR THE BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR OF 1998 IS GIVEN TO MANOJ BAJPAI FOR HINDI FILM SATYA FOR HIS FLAWLESS PERFORMANCE OF THE ECCENTRIC UNDERWORLD TRAPPED IN A SYSTEM, COLD BLOODED YET VULNERABLE AT THE SAME TIME. 13. BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

SUHASINI MULAY

Citation

THE AWARD FOR THE BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS OF 1998 IS GIVEN TO SUHASINI MULAY FOR HINDI FILM HU TU TU FOR BRINGING ALIVE NEGATIVE PERSONALITY WITHOUT LOSING HER HUMAN FACE. SHE ACTS WITH CONVICTION AND COMES UP WITH A POWERFUL PERFORMANCE. 14. BEST CHILD ARTIST

BABY AMMA (SHWETHA)

Rajat Kamal and a cash prize of Rs.10,000/- to the Child Artist BABY AMMA (SHWETHA)

Citation

THE AWARD FOR THE BEST CHILD ARTISTE OF 1998 IS GIVEN TO BABY AMMA FOR TAMIL FILM MALLI FOR HER INFECTIOUS AND VIBRANT PERFORMANCE OF A YOUNG CHILD'S PURE BONDING WITH NATURE AND HER TRAUMA AT THE DECADENCE IN ENVIRONMENT. 15. BEST MALE PLAYBACK SINGER

SANJEEV ABHYANKAR

Rajat Kamal and a cash prize of Rs. 10,000/- to the Male Playback Singer SANJEEV ABHYANRAR

Citation

THE AWARD FOR THE BEST MALE PLAYBACK SINGER OF 1998 IS GIVEN TO SANJEEV ABHYANKAR FOR THE HINDI FILM GODMOTHER FOR THE SONG "SUNO RE BHAILA" IN WHICH HE SUCCESSFULLY BLENDS FOLK, BHAJAN AND POPULAR MUSIC TO COMMUNICATE THE LYRICS EFFECTIVELY.


16. BEST FEMALE PLAYBACK SINGER

ALKA YAGNIK

Rajat Kamal and a cash prize of Rs. 10,000/- to the Female Playback Singer ALKA YAGNIK

Citation

THE AWARD FOR THE BEST FEMALE PLAYBACK SINGER OF 1998 IS GIVEN TO ALKA YAGNIK FOR HINDI FILM SONG KUCH KUCH HOTA HAI. HER RENDERING OF THIS THEME SONG BRINGS OUT THE DIFFERENT MOODS AND EMOTION AND ADDS GREATLY TO THE IMPACT OF THE FILM. 17. BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

SANTOSH SIVAN

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

Rajat Kamal and a cash prize of Rs. 10,000/- to the Laboratory processing the film GEMINI COLOR LABORATORY

Citation

THE AWARD FOR THE BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY OF 1998 IS GIVEN TO SANTOSH SIVAN FOR HINDI FILM DIL SE. HIS CAMERA TRAVELS ACROSS SPECTACULAR LANDSCAPES AND ARCHITECTURE AND THROUGH BUSTLING HUMANITY WITH GREAT SEDUCTIVE CHARM, COLOURS AND MOODS ARE CREATED WITH EQUAL EASE IN A FILM WHICH SETS A HIGH STANDARD OF CINEMATIC PERFECTION.


18. BEST SCREENPLAY

ASHOK MISRA

Citation

THE AWARD FOR THE BEST SCREENPLAY FOR 1998 IS GIVEN TO ASHOK MISRA FOR HINDI FILM SAMAR WHERE HE HAS USED A UNIQUE STRUCTURE TO EKPLORE THE COMPLEK CONTRADICTIONS OF URBAN/RURAL, RICH/POOR, PCWERFUL/DCWNTRODDEN IN A SIMPLE STORY LINE LACED WITH POIGNANT MOMENTS OF HUMOUR AND IRONY FOR A PERCEPTIVE INSIGHT INTO CONTEMPORARY INDIAN LIFE.


19. BEST AUDIOGRAPHY

H. SRIDHAR

Rajat Kamal and a cash prize of Rs. 10,000/- to the RE-RECORDIST OF THE FINAL MIXED TRACK H. SRIDHAR

Citation

THE AWARD FOR THE BEST AUDIOGRAPEY OF 1998 IS GIVEN TO H.SRIDHAR FOR HINDI FILM DIL SE FOR CAPTURING SOUNDS AS VARIED AS THE VISUALS AND CREATING AN UNUSUAL RHYTHAM ON THE SOUND TRACK.


20. BEST EDITING

RENU SALUJA

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

Citation

THE AWARD FOR THE BEST EDITING OF 1998 IS GIVEN TO RENU SALUJA FOR HINDI FILM GODMOTHER FOR HER SMART SLICK AND INNOVATIVE EDITING ADDS AN ARTISTIC TOUCH TO THE FILM. HER PACING OF THE CUTS ENHANCE THE EMOTIONS AND SOUND OVERLAPS LEND A REMARKABLE LUCIDITY TO THE NARRATION. 21. BEST ART DIRECTION

NITIN DESAI

Rajat Kamal and a cash prize of Rs. 10000/- to the Art Director NITIN DESAI ;

Citation

THE AWARD FOR THE BEST ART DIRECTION OF 1998 IS GIVEN TO NITIN DESAI FOR ENGLISH FILM DR. BABA SAREB AMBEDKAR. THE FILM COVERS A LARGE TIME SPAN FROM THE PRE-ELECTRICITY AGE TO POST INDEPENDENCE INDIA. THE SCENE, BOTH INDOOR AND OUTDOOR MOVE EFFORTLESSLY AROUND RURAL, URBAN, INDIAN AND FOREIGN LOCALES AND BLUR THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN SETS AND LOCATIONS - WITH THE AID OF FAULTLESS CAMERAWORK, THE ART DIRECTION ALMOST SINGLE HANDEDLY CREATES THE ENTIRE PERIOD MOOD AND FEEL OF THE FILM. 22. BEST COSTUME DESIGNER

S.B. SATHEESAN

Rajat Kamal and a cash prize of Rs. 10,000/- to the Costume Designer S.B. SATBEESAN

Citation

THE AWARD FOR THE BEST COSTUME DESIGNER OF 1998 IS GIVEN TO S.B. SATHEESAN FOR MALAYALAM FILM DAYA A FANTASY WITHOUT ANY CONCRETE REFERENCE TO KNOWN PERIODS, LOCALES OR STYLES - THE FILM ACHIEVES A HIGH QUALITY DESIGN INTEGRITY. THE USE OF FABRICS, WEAVES AND PRINTS ARE SUPERBLY EXECUTED AND LEAVE A LASTING IMPRESSION. 23. BEST MUSIC DIRECTION

VISHAL BHARDWAJ

Rajat Kamal and a cash prize of Rs. 10,000/- to the Music Director (SONGS & BACKGROUND MUSIC SCORE) VISHAL BRARDWAJ

Citation

THE AWARD FOR THE BEST MUSIC DIRECTION OF 1998 IS GIVEN TO VISHAL BHARDWAJ FOR THE HINDI FILM GODMOTHER WHERE THE NARRATIVE OF THE FILM AND THE MUSIC BRING ABOUT AN EKCELLENT BLEND OF FOLK AND MODERN MUSIC. IT RETAINS THE FRAGRANCE OF THE SOIL OF GUJARAT. 24. BEST LYRICS

JAVED AKHTAR

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

Citation

THE AWARD FOR THE BEST LYRICS OF 1998 IS GIVEN TO JAVED AKHTAR FOR HINDI FILM GODMOTHER FOR TBE SONG "MATI RE MATI RE" FOR THE AUTHENTIC BLEND OF DIALECT AND EMOTION. A SONG OF PATRIOTISM AND PASSION, THE LYRICS ARE LUCID AND THOUGHT PROVOKING. 25. SPECIAL JURY AWARD

KITCHHU SANLAP KITCHHU PRALAP (BENGALI)

Rajat Kamal and a cash prize of Rs. 25,000/- to the DIRECTOR ASHOKE VISWANATHAN.

Citation

THE SPECIAL JURY AWARD OF 1998 IS GIVEN TO THE BENGALI FILM KITCHHU SANLAP KITCHHU PRALAP BRILLIANTLY DIRECTED BY ASHOKE VISWANATHAN. THE FILM IS EXTRA-ORDINARY IN ITS EXPERIMENTAL EFFORT AND WORKS AS A SATIRE ON OUR VALUE SYSTEM DOMINATED BY THE PSEUDO INTELLECTUALS. 26. BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS

VENKI

RAJAT KAMAL AND A CASH PRIZE OF RS. 10,000/- TO THE CREATOR VENKI.

Citation

THE BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS AWARD OF 1998 IS GIVEN TO THE CREATOR VENKI FOR TAMIL FILM JEANS FOR HIS EKTREMELY INNOVATIVE AND SPECTACULAR SPECIAL EFFECTS CREATED ON COMPUTOR. THE ANIMATION OF THE TWIN CHARACTERS IS FASCINATING AND INTRIGUING. 27. BEST CEOREOGRAPHY

VRINDA

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

Citation

THE AWARD FOR THE BEST CHOREOGRAPHY OF 1998 IS GIVEN TO VRINDA FOR MALAYALAM FILM DAYA FOR THE SPIRITED AND NOVEL ADAPTATION OF AN ARABIC DANCE. 28. BEST FEATURE FILM IN EACH OF THE LANGUAGE SPECIFIED IN THE SCHEDULE VIII OF THE CONSTITUTION

A. BEST FEATURE FILM IN ASSAMESE

KUHKHAL Synopsis

Rajat Kamal and a cash prize of Rs. 20,000/- to the Producer DOLPHIN COMMUNICATIONS ,

Rajat Kamal and a cash prize of Rs. 20,000/- to the Director JAHNU BARUA

Citation

            THE AWARD FOR THE BEST FEATURE FILM IN ASSAMESE OF 1998 IS GIVEN TO KUHKHAL FOR
            ITS AUTHENTIC PORTRAYAL OF A HISTORICAL EVENT OF BRITISH INDIA.
 

B. BEST FEATURE FILM IN BENGALI

ASOOKH Synopsis

Rajat Kamal and a cash prize of Rs. 20,000/- to the Producer D. RAMA NAIDU

Rajat Kamal and a cash prize of Rs. 20,000/- to the Director RITUPARNO GHOSH

Citation

     
    THE AWARD FOR THE BEST FEATURE FILM IN BENGALI OF 1998 IS GIVEN TO ASOOKH PROFILING THE DILEMMA OF A FILM ACTRESS, AT A DELICATE POINT IN HER LIFE. REJECTED BY HER LOVER IN LOVE WITH ANOTHER WOMAN, ASOOKH IS AN INTERNALISED STUDY OF AN ACTRESS COMING TO TERMS WITH MULTIPLE PRESSURES IN HER LIFE.
C. BEST FEATURE FILM IN ENGLISH

DR. BABA SAREB AMBEDKAR

Rajat Kamal and a cash prize of Rs. 20,000/- to the Producer NATIONAL FILM DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION LTD.

Rajat Kamal and a cash prize of Rs. 20,000/- to the Director DR. JABBAR PATEL

Citation

THE AWARD FOR THE BEST FEATURE FILM IN ENGLISH OF 1998 IS GIVEN TO DR. BABA SAHEB AMBEDKAR, AN AUTHENTIC AND WELL RESEARCHED BIOGRAPHICAL FILM WHICH PROBES THE POLITICAL AND SOCIAL ASPECTS OF THE LIFE OF ONE OF THE GREATEST LEADERS OF INDIA.


D. BEST FEATURE FILM IN HINDI

GODMOTHER

Rajat Kamal and a cash prize of Rs. 20,000/- to the Producer MESSERS GRAMCO FILMS

Rajat Kamal and a cash prize of Rs. 20,000/- to the Director VINAY SHUKLA

Citation

THE AWARD FOR THE BEST FEATURE FILM IN HINDI OF -1998 IS GIVEN TO FILM GODMOTHER. THE FILMS DEALS WITH CONTEMPORARY POWER STRUCTURE AND CONFRONTS VIOLENCE, CORRUPTION AND PASSIONS WITH EASE; THE MUSIC, ART DIRECTION AND THE DIALOGUES COMBINE TO CREATE A STRONG ETHNIC CHARACTER


E. THE BEST FEATURE FILM IN KANNADA

HOOMALE

Rajat Kamal and a cash prize of Rs. 20,000/- to the Producer USHA RAO K.S.

Rajat Kamal and a cash prize of Rs. 20,000/- to the Director NAGATHIHALLI CHANDRASHEKAR

Citation

THE AWARD FOR THE BEST FEATURE FILM IN KANNADA OF 1998 IS GIVEN TO HOOMALE FOR ITS STRONG STATEMENT ABOUT A WIDOW SURMOUNTING SEVERE TRIALS IN AN UNFAMILIAR LAND AND CIRCUMSTANCES AND FINDING LOVE AGAINST A BACKGROUND OF TERRORISM.


F. BEST FEATURE FILM IN MALAYALAM

AGNISAAKSHI

Rajat Kamal and a cash prize of Rs. 20,000/- to the Producer V.V. BABU &

DR. SOMA PRASADRajat Kamal and a cash prize of Rs. 20,000/- to the Director SHYAM PRASAD

Citation

THE AWARD FOR THE BEST FEATURE FILM IN MALAYALAM FOR 1998 IS GIVEN TO AGNISAAKSHI. IT AUTHENTICALLY DEALS WITH THE SOCIAL AMBIENCE PREVAILING AMONG THE BRAHMIN COMMUNITY AGES AGO. THE STORY UNFOLDED THROUGH THE BOLD ADVENTURES OF ONE BRAHMIN WOMAN – THETHI – WHO FINALLY TAKES TO SANYAS.


G. BEST FEATURE FILM IN MARATHI

TU TITHE MEE Synopsis

Rajat Kamal and a cash prize of Rs. 20,000/- to the Producer SMITA TALWALKARRajat Kamal and a cash prize of Rs. 70,000/- to the Director SANJAY SURKAR ;

Citation

THE AWARD FOR THE BEST FEATURE FILM IN MARATHI OF 1998 IS GIVEN TO TU TITHE MEE WHICH SHEDS LIGHT ON THE PLIGHT OF THE OLD AND THE AGEING AND THE CRUMBLING OF THE JOINT FAMILY SYSTEM IN A NOVEL AND ENTERTAINING FORMAT OF A LOVE STORY. BEAUTIFUL PERFORMANCE BY MOHAN JOSHI AND SUHAS JOSHI ARE THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE FILM.


H. BEST FEATURE FILM IN ORIYA

NANDAN Synopsis

Rajat Kamal and a cash prize of Rs. 20,000/- to the Producer D.K. BHAT, CEO, N'CYP

Rajat Kamal and.a cash prize of Rs. 20,000/- to the Director A.K. BIR

Citation

THE AWARD FOR THE BEST FEATURE FILM IN ORIYA FOR 1998 IS GIVEN TO THE FILM NANDAN FOR ITS SIMPLE STORY AND REALISTIC MILIEU. NANDAN PORTRAYS THE ASPIRATION OF A POOR CHILD AND THE CONSTRAINTS OF HIS PARENTS IN FULFILLING THEM. THE TRIUMPH OF FAMILY VALUES AND LOVE OVER MATERIAL GLOSS HAS UNIVERSAL APPEAL.


I. BEST FEATURE FILM IN PUNJABI

SHAHEED-E-MOHABBAT BOOTA SINGH Synopsis

Rajat Kamal and a cash prize of Rs. 20,000/- to the Producer MANJEET MAAN

Rajat Kamal and a cash prize of Rs. 20,000/- to the Director MANOJ PUNJ

Citation

THE AWARD FOR THE BEST FEATURE FILM IN PUNJABI OF 1998 IS GIVEN TO SHAHEED-E-MOHABBAT BOOTA SINGH FOR ITS SENSITIVE DEPICTION OF PAIN AND SORROW PERPETRATED BY THE PARTITION OF INDIA ON BOOTA SINGH, EKCELLENTLY PORTRAYED BY GURDAS MAAN, THE FILMS REFLECTS THE AFTERMATH OF A TRAGEDY DELIVERS A MESSAGE OF LOVE AND HUMANITY REACHING FAR BEYOND THE MAN MADE BORDERS. J. BEST FEATURE FILM IN TAMIL

HOUSE FULL Synopsis

Rajat Kamal and a cash prize of Rs. 20,000/- to the Producer R. PARTHEPAN Rajat Kamal and a cash prize of Rs. 20,000/- to the Director R. PARTHEPAN

Citation

THE AWARD FOR THE BEST FEATURE FILM IN TAMIL FOR 1998 IS GIVEN TO HOUSE FULL TELLING THE STORY OF A THEATRE MANAGER AND HIS PASSIONATE BONDING WITH HIS AUDIENCE. A BOMB IS DISCOVERED IN THE THEATRE BHARAT TALKIES DURING SHOW TIME BUT REMOVED IN THE NICK OF TIME SAVING THE LIVES OF THE AUDIENCE. DENOUNCING VIOLENCE, THE FILM IS A STRONG STATEMENT AGAINST TERRORISM.


K. BEST FEATURE FILM IN TELUGU

THOLI PREMA  Synopsis

Rajat Kamal and a cash prize of Rs. 20,000/- to the Producer G.V.G. RAJU,

Rajat Kamal and a cash prize of Rs. 20,000/- to the Director A. KARUNAKARAN

Citation

THE AWARD FOR THE BEST FEATVRE FILM IN TELUGU FOR THE YEAR 1998 IS GIVEN TO THOBI PREMA AN UNUSUAL LOVE STORY ABOUT TWO FRIENDS WHO CONFESS THEIR FEELINGS FOR EACH OTHER AT THE END OF THE FILM. THE FILM IS A BREAK FROM THE FORMULA. Special Mention

1. DR. DASARI NARAYANA RAO, DIRECTOR, PRODUCER (FOR THE FILM KANTE KUTURNE KANU)

2. PRAKASH RAJ, ACTOR (FOR HIS PERFORMANCE IN THE FILM ANTHAHPURAM)

3. MANJU WARRIER, ACTRESS (FOR RANNEZUTHI POTTUM THOTTU)

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THE FEATURE FILM JURY MAKES A SPECIAL MENTION FOR 1998 FOR THE TELUGU FILM KANTE KUTURNE KANU FOR TAKING A STAND ON GENDER DISCRIMINATION. OF PRAKASH RAJ (ACTOR) IN THE TELUGU FILM ANTHAHAPURAM FOR HIS WHOLESOME PERFORMANCE OF THE OBSESSIVE FEUDAL LORD STILL, LIVING IN MEDIEVAL TIMES. AND OF MANJU WARRIER (ACTRESS) IN MALAYALAM FILM KANNEZUTHI POTTUM THOTTU FOR HER SUBDUED AND CONSISTENCE PERFORMANCE IN SEVERAL FILMS ENTERED FOR THE AWARDS.