Films are the representative of life. The history of Indian film is very rich and is full of esthetic value. The government of India rightly decided to encourage this art by acclaiming them nationally with awards and thus they organized the country’s greatest and most prestigious award i.e., National Award, since 1954.
If we turn back the wheel of time and take a look-back at the decades which have rolled by, we would find that the Awards, which were initially called “State Awards”, had started off in a small way, with two President’s Gold Medals, two certificates of merit and silver medals for a dozen regional films. Separate awards for artistes and technicians were instituted in 1968 for the films of 1967, Nargis Dutt and Uttam Kumar being the first actress and actor to get them. Initially these were called Urvashi and Bharat Awards but the names of the Awards were later changed.
Now days the awards are given in three sections – Feature Films, Non-Feature Films and Best Writing on Cinema. No other country experiences such a vast and monetarily rewarding form year after year by the State encouragement. In turn, this has influenced and encouraged the making of good cinemas in all languages. India makes films in some twenty languages and dialects; it has also excelled in making documentaries, whether short or full length, and is awarded under different categories over the years.
The most prestigious award film ceremony of the country, the National Awards, finally stepped into its 63rd year in the year 2016 for the films of 2015. It was a galactic day for Indian Films as Amitabh Bachchan was declared the Best Actor for Piku and Kangana Ranaut bagged up the Best Actress award for Tanu Weds Manu Returns. The actress, who turned 29 last week, called it the ‘best birthday gift’, “It is the best birthday gift I could have got. I am thrilled and feel blessed especially since Mr Bachchan is the best actor with me,” Ranaut said in a statement.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali, bagged the Best Director award for Bajirao Mastani. Bhansali and dedicated his honour for “Bajirao Mastani” to his mother, saying “this is my first national award as a director it is really very special to me. My mother always prayed that I should get one and here I get it. Her prayers are answered,” Bhansali told PTI.
Yash Raj Films’ Dum Laga Ke Haisha was declared the ‘Best Hindi Film’. S.S. Rajamouli’s Baahubali was declared the Best Feature Film while Bajrangi Bhaijaan by Kabir Khan won the Best Popular Film award.
Every year, the prestigious National award, announced by a jury, set up by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, is given away by the President for the best works as well as individual achievements which leads the best talent present in Indian Cinemas to gain the national limelight and stand out on the highest national level, for all to see.
Here is a List of Winners:
Best Film: Baahubali – The Beginning
Best Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali for ‘Bajirao Mastani‘
Best Actor: Amitabh Bachchan for ‘Piku’
Best Actress: Kangana Ranaut for ‘Tanu Weds Manu Returns’
Entertainment: Bajrangi Bhaijaan
Actor: Samuthirakani for Visaaranai
Actress: Tanvi Azmi, Bajirao Mastani
Best Hindi Film: Dum Laga Ke Haisha
Award for Best
Debut Film Of
A Director: Neeraj Ghaywan, Masaan
Film: Bajrangi Bhaijaan
Choreography: Remo D’Souza, Deewani Mastani song in Bajirao Mastani
Playback Singer: Monali Thakur, Moh Moh Ke Dhage
Cinematography: Sudeep Chaterjee, Bajirao Mastani
Award for Best
Integration: Nanak Shah Fakir
Writer (Original): Juhi Chaturvedi (Piku) and Himanshu Sharma (Tanu Weds Manu Returns)
– Dialogues: Juhi Chaturvedi (Piku) and Himanshu Sharma (Tanu Weds Manu Returns)
Film: Pathemari, Best Film on Social Issue: Niranayakam
Direction: M Jayachandran for Song Kaathirunnu Kaathirunnu for the Ennu Ninte Moideen
Score: Ilaiyaraaja, Thaarai Thappattai
Best Film on
Preservation: Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal Best Children’s Film: Duronto
Best Tamil Film: Visaaranai Best Telugu Film: Kanche.