Sunday,29 March 2015  
21 October 2005
  President's Secretariat  

  14:34 IST  
  The President, Dr A. P. J. Abdul Kalam presented the 52nd National Film Awards to winners of different categories at a function, here today. The legendary film director Adoor Gopalakrishnan received the Dada Saheb Phalke Award for the year 2004. Instituted in 1969, the Dada Saheb Phalke Award is given every year to a film personality for outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian cinema. The Award consists of a Swarna Kamal, a Shawl and cash prize of Rs two lakhs.

In his address, the Minister of Information and Broadcasting and Culture, Shri S. Jaipal Reddy said that the Government is attempting to further boost the film industry by reducing the entertainment tax. Co-production agreements are being signed with various countries to promote good cinema. The Minister said that the Indian film industry has been the champion in promoting the social causes. It has been a great mass educator besides being the great entertainer. Nothing has revolutionized the aspirations of our people more than the Indian cinema, he added. Shri S. K. Arora, Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, in his welcome address said that the scheme of film awards would continue to further boost the cinematic talent in the film industry.

The Best Feature Film Award for the year 2004 was given to the Hindi film “Page 3’’. The Award carries a Swarna Kamal and Rs 50,000 each for Producer and Director of the film. Swarna Kamal and cash prize of Rs 40,000 each for Producer and Director for “Best Popular Film providing wholesale entertainment” was shared by Hindi film “Veer Zara” and Tamil Film “Autograph”. Nargis Dutt Award for the Best Feature Film on National Integration was presented to “Netaji Subhash Chander Bose – the forgotten hero”. The Award carries Rajat Kamal and cash prize of Rs 30,000 each for Producer and Director of the film. Indira Gandhi Award for the Best First Film of a Director was given to “Grahanam” (Telugu) directed by Mohan Krishna Indra Ganti. The Award for the best film on social issues such as prohibition, women and child welfare, anti-dowry, drug abuse, welfare of the handicapped etc. was given to the Malayalam film, “Perumazhakkalam”. The Award for the Best direction was bagged by Budhadeb Dasgupta for his appropriate usage of metaphors and complex handling of socio political situation present in West Bengal in a language simultaneously cinematic and poetic. Best Actor Award was given to Saif Ali Khan for his role in “Hum Tum” for his sheer ease subtlety and spontaneity in portraying a complex and demanding role while the Award for Best Actress was given to Thaara for her role in Kannada film “Hasina”. The Award for the Best Child Artist was given to Om Bhutakar for his role in Hindi film, “Chhota Sipahi”. The Award for the Best Male Playback Singer was given to Udit Narayan and Best Female Playback singer to Chitra. The Special Jury Award went to the actor J. Phillip (Kutty) for his incredible acting and dance performance despite being a physically challenged person. The Best Film Critic Award was given to Ms. Namrata Joshi for consistently maintaining a high standard of film evaluation at a time when reviews are tending to become a public-relations exercise.