DIRECTORATE OF FILM FESTIVALS (Ministry of Information & Broadcasting) Government of India 56th NATIONAL FILM AWARDS FOR 2008 FEATURE FILMS S. Name of Award Name of Film Awardee Medal Citation No. & Cash Prize 1 BEST FEATURE FILM Antaheen Producer: Swarna Kamal For lyrical blend of technical Screenplay Films devices in the right proportion (Bengali) Pvt. Ltd. Rs to depict shifting human 2,50,000/- relationships in an urban Director : scenario. Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury 2 INDIRA GANDHI A Wednesday Producer: Swarna Kamal For slick and searing exposure AWARD FOR BEST UTV Motion of the tension below the normal FIRST FILM OF A (Hindi) Pictures Rs rhythm of life and the angst of DIRECTOR 1,25,000/- the common man in Mumbai. Director : Neeraj Pandey 3 BEST POPULAR FILM Oye Lucky ! Producer: Swarna Kamal For its intelligent treatment of PROVIDING Lucky Oye UTV Motion an off-beat subject that makes it WHOLESOME Pictures Rs different within the popular ENTERTAINMENT (Hindi) 2,00,000/- format. Director : Dibakar Banerjee 4 NARGIS DUTT AWARD Aai Kot Nai Producer: Rajat Kamal For its honest look at a burning FOR BEST FEATURE Rajen Bora problem in Northeast India, its FILM ON NATIONAL (Assamese) Rs attempt to break down artificial INTEGRATION Director : 1,50,000/- boundaries and giving it a Manju Borah human and aesthetic appeal. 5 BEST FILM ON FAMILY Little Zizou Producer: Rajat Kamal For its witty and intelligent VALUES Jigri Dost handling of the conflicts and (English, Productions Rs convictions confronting the Gujarati) 1,50,000/- Paris community. Director : Sooni Taraporevala 6 BEST FILM ON SOCIAL Jogva Producer: Rajat Kamal For hard hitting comment on ISSUES SUCH AS Shripal Morakhia the victims of age old social PROHIBITION, WOMEN (Marathi) Rs customs. AND CHILD WELFARE, 1,50,000/- Director : ANTI-DOWRY, DRUG ABUSE, WELFARE OF Rajeev Patil THE HANDICAPPED ETC. 7 BEST FILM ON Jianta Bhoota Producer: Rajat Kamal For sensitive portrayal of ENVIRONMENT Akshay Kumar exploitation of innocence in the CONSERVATION/ (Oriya) Parija Rs name of development. PRESERVATION 1,50,000/- Director : Prashanta Nanda 8 BEST CHILDREN’S Gubbachigalu Producer: Swarna Kamal For imaginative portrayal of a FILM Media House magic world that exists in the (Kannada) Studio Rs minds of children. 1,50,000/- Director : Abhaya Simha 9 BEST ANIMATION FILM Roadside Romeo Producer: Swarna Kamal For its technical achievements Aditya Chopra to further the craft of (Hindi) Rs animation for mainstream Director : 1,00,000/- audience. Jugal Hansraj Animator: Tata Elxsi/VCL 10 BEST DIRECTION Naan Kadauul Bala Swarna Kamal For its powerful handling of an extraordinary subject that (Tamil) Rs focuses on marginal characters 2,50,000/- with great convection. 11 BEST ACTOR Jogva Upendra Limaye Rajat Kamal For his restrained yet powerful depiction of a complex (Marathi) Rs 50,000/- character. 12 BEST ACTRESS Fashion Priyanka Chopra Rajat Kamal For convincing portrayal of a whole range of emotions within (Hindi) Rs 50,000/- a single character. 13 BEST SUPPORTING Rock On !! Arjun Rampal Rajat Kamal For his moving performance as ACTOR a musician trying to rise above (Hindi) Rs 50,000/- personal tragedy. 14 BEST SUPPORTING Fashion Kangana Ranaut Rajat Kamal For compelling portrayal of a ACTRESS down and out supper model (Hindi) Rs 50,000/- that enriches the impact of the film. 15 BEST CHILD ARTIST Thanks Maa Shams Patel Rajat Kamal For his very natural depiction of a street child thrown into an (Hindi) Rs 50,000/- unusual situation. 16 BEST MALE PLAYBACK Jogva Hariharan Rajat Kamal For his soulful rendition SINGER reflecting the agony of (Marathi) For the song Rs 50,000/- unfulfilled emotions. “ Jeev Dangla Gungla Rangla ….” 17 BEST FEMALE Antaheen Shreya Ghoshal Rajat Kamal for her wide ranging rendition of PLAYBACK SINGER (Bengali) human emotions & For the song Rs 50,000/- Jogva “Pherari Mon…..” (Marathi) & “Jeev Dangla Gungla Rangla ” 18 BEST Antaheen Avik Rajat Kamal For the poetically captured CINEMATOGRAPHY Mukhopadhyay visuals with inspired use of (Bengali) Rs 50,000/- light and shades to enhanced Lab: Filmlab, the mood of the film. Mumbai 19 BEST SCREENPLAY Gandha Sachin Kundalkar Rajat Kamal For its remarkable integration of three different plots using (Marathi) Rs 50,000/- the sense of smell at as a liet motif to focus sensitively on human relationships. 20 BEST AUDIOGRAPHY Gandha Pramod J. Rajat Kamal For its use of dramatically Thomas scripted sounds to heighten th (Marathi) Rs 50,000/- mood of the film. 21 BEST EDITING Firaaq A. Sreekar Prasad Rajat Kamal For aesthetically weaving together unrelated sequences to (Hindi) Rs 50,000/- heighten the dramatic impact. 22 BEST ART DIRECTION Firaaq Gautam Sen Rajat Kamal For its perfect use of props and choice of colours to enhance the (Hindi) Rs 50,000/- ambience of a post-ri 23 BEST COSTUME Jodha Akbar Neeta Lulla Rajat Kamal For its painstaking detail to DESIGNER recreate the costume costumes (Hindi) Rs 50,000/- and jewellery of Mughal era. 24 BEST MAKE-UP ARTIST Naan Kadauul Moorthy V. Rajat Kamal For its wide variety of make-up inputs to reflect the large (Tamil) Rs 50,000/- spectrum of characters. 25 BEST MUSIC Jogva Ajay and Atul Rajat Kamal For its well-researched use of DIRECTION traditional and folk music to (Marathi) Rs 50,000/- reinforce the theme of the film. 26 BEST LYRICS Antaheen Anindya Rajat Kamal For its simple composition of Bannerjee verses to contribute (Bengali) & Rs 50,000/- meaningfully to the film. Chandranil Bhattacharya for the lyric “Pherari Mon…..” 27 SPECIAL JURY AWARD Bioscope Producer: Rajat Kamal For its exciting revival of a National Film sincerely personal style to look (Malayalam) Development Rs 50,000/- back on a chapter of history. Corporation Director : K.M. Madhusudhanan 28 BEST SPECIAL Mumbai Meri Govardhan Rajat Kamal For its stunning use of technical EFFECTS Jaan (TATA ELXSI) effects of visual shorts to Rs 50,000/- mirror a man-made disaster. (Hindi) 29 BEST CHOREOGRAPHY Jodha Akbar Chinni Prakash Rajat Kamal For its extravagant and & dreamlike treatment of (Hindi) Rekha Prakash Rs 50,000/- celebrations on a magnificent “Azeem‐o‐Shaan scale. Shaheshah….” 30 BEST FEATURE FILM IN EACH OF THE LANGUAGE SPECIFIED IN THE SCHEDULE VIII OF THE CONSTITUTION I BEST ASSAMESE FILM Mon Jai Producer: Rajat Kamal For its honest exploration of Moirangthem ethical values confronting the Movies Rs youth. 1,00,000/- Director : M. Maniram II BEST BENGALI FILM Shob Charitro Producer: Rajat Kamal Poetic treatment of an Kalponik Reliance Big individual sensitivities in a Pictures Rs crisis. 1,00,000/- Director : Rituparno Ghosh III BEST HINDI FILM Rock On Producer: Rajat Kamal For an emotional story of Excel musical bonding. Entertainment Rs Pvt. Ltd. 1,00,000/- Director : Abhishek Kapoor IV BEST KANNADA Vimukthi Producer: Rajat Kamal For exploring different Navyachitra dimension of family ties. Creations Rs 1,00,000/- Director : P. Sheshadri V BEST MALAYALAM Thirakkada Producer: Rajat Kamal For its poignant story of an FILM Varnachithra actress told with sincerity and BIGSCREEN Rs conviction. 1,00,000/- Director : Ranjith VI BEST MARATHI FILM Harishcnadrachi Producer: Rajat Kamal For its original of stylized Factory UTV Motion recreation of a slice of history. Pictures Rs 1,00,000/- Director : Paresh Mokashi VIII BEST TAMIL FILM Veranam Airam Producer: Rajat Kamal For its engaging depiction of a V. Ravichandran depiction of a father and son Rs relationship. Director : 1,00,000/- Gautham Vasudeva Menon BEST TELUGU FILM 1940 Producer: Rajat Kamal For its courageous handling of Lookagramam N.C. Narasimham caste-based prejudices. Rs Director : 1,00,000/- Narasimha Nandi 31 BEST FEATURE FILM IN EACH OF THE LANGUAGES OTHER THAN THOSE SPECIFIED IN SCHEDULE VIII OF THE CONSTITUTION BEST ENGLISH FILM Land Gold Producer: Rajat Kamal For its intense depiction of the Women Vivek Agrawal issue of honour killing. Rs Director : 1,00,000/- Avantika Hari BEST KOKBOROK FILM Yarwng Producer: Rajat Kamal For a meaningful story of Joseph displaced people looking to Kizhakechennadu Rs rebuild their lives. 1,00,000/- Director : Joseph Pulinthanath BEST TULU FILM Gaggara Producer: Rajat Kamal For its attempt to preserve M. Durganand traditional folk forms. Rs Director : 1,00,000/- Shivadhwaj Shetty DIRECTORATE OF FILM FESTIVALS (Ministry of Information & Broadcasting) Government of India 56th NATIONAL FILM AWARDS FOR THE YEAR 2008 Non - Feature Films S. No. Name of Award Name of Film Awardee Medal Citation 1 Best Non-Feature film AFSPA 1958 Producer: SWARNA A courageous depiction of the non - Bachaspa Timayun Rs 1,00,000/- violent resistance of the people of Manipur Sunzu & to protest against a legislation, which Haobam Paban undermines the values of self respect and Kumar the fundamentals of democracy. The documentation process by various crews Director : and the way it is chronicled offers multiple Haobam Paban perspectives. Kumar 2 Best First Non-Feature VITTHAL Producer: RAJAT A sensitive portrayal of the latent violence Film of a Director Vinoo Choliparambil Rs 1,00,000/- building up in a child against the ritualistic & social norms which are forced on him. The Manu Pushpendran filmmaker demonstrates maturity and dexterity in handling the script and the Director : actors, bringing out the complexity of a Vinoo Choliparambil child’s mind trapped in a world of adults. 3 Best BOLIAY PITAIER Producer: RAJAT A film which uniquely depicts the long Anthropological/Ethnogr SOHOKI SOOTAL Altaf Mazid, Zabeen Rs 50,000/- arduous struggle of a community to build aphic Film Ahmed & Susanta check dams using their indigenous Roy engineering skills. An experiential journey which transcends documentation and Director : makes the viewer participate in the Altaf Mazid process. 4 Best THE Producer: RAJAT Traversing vast stretches of time and Biographical/Historical ASSASSINATION Films Division Rs 50,000/- geographical space, this film deftly puts Reconstruction/Compilati OF RAJIV GANDHI – together strands of information, on film A Director : perception, evidence and historical RECONSTRUCTION R. Krishna Mohan contexts to reconstruct a compelling narrative about the gruesome assassination of a world leader. 5 Best Arts/Cultural Film KARNA MOTCHAM Producer: RAJAT Using powerful imagery and ironical MGR Film & TV Rs 50,000/- juxtaposition, the film depicts the life of a Institute Koothu artist. With subtlety, it captures the frustration and the hopelessness of a Director : performer whose art is a misfit in a S. Murali Manohar changing cultural world. 6 Best Scientific Film TRIP Producer: RAJAT The film with a simple, almost (including method and Film & Television Rs 50,000/- lighthearted, treatment evolves into a process of science, Institute of India powerful message of conservation. Using contribution of Scientists an unconventional music track and etc.)/ Environment Director : animation, the film jolts the viewer to re- Conservation/Preservati on Film (including Emmanuel Palo look at waste and pollution. awareness) 7 Best Promotional Film LOST AND FOUND Producer: RAJAT Using a bottle as a metaphor for a journey (to cover tourism, Harshavardhan G. Rs 50,000/- of discovery, the filmmaker finds an exports, crafts, industry, Kulkarni, Kirti innovative style to explore various etc.) Nakhwa & Amitabh locations through people and their Shukla experiences, challenging the classical promotional style of selling tourism. Director : Harshavardhan G. Kulkarni 8 Best Agriculture Film (to THE LAND OF Producer: RAJAT With breath taking images of the higher include subject related to RUPSHUPAS Films Division Rs 50,000/- Himalayas and the nomadic people living and allied to agriculture in this harsh climate and terrain, the film like animal husbandry, Director : effectively explores the relationship of the dairying etc.) A.K. Sidhpuri Rupshupas with their livestock and how critical it is for their survival. 9 Best Film on Social THE FEMALE NUDE Producer: RAJAT A compelling portrait of a woman who Issues (such as PSBT Rs 50,000/- rises above her circumstances in an prohibition, women and unconventional way, carving out a position child welfare and dowry, Director : for herself irrespective of how others view drug abuse, welfare of & Hemjyotika & Devi her. the handicapped etc.) Prasad Mishra The journey of two adivasi women from BURU GAARA Jharkhand, finding their identity and Producer: dignity using language - one through PSBT poetry and the other through grassroots journalism. The film creates a space Director : where the narratives of the women Shriprakash emerge as powerful tales of their struggle for empowerment. 10 Best POLIO VS. POLIO Producer: RAJAT An innovative campaign for the Educational/Motivational/ VICTIMS Gulshan Sachdeva Rs 50,000/- eradication of polio - the film follows the Instructional Film polio afflicted who take the initiative for Director : mass awareness by going door to door. Aman Sachdeva 11 Best Exploration/ SHINGNABA Producer: RAJAT The film is an inspiring portrayal of an HIV Adventure Film (to Bachaspa Timayum Rs 50,000/- positive person who dramatically include sports) Sunzu transforms his life and becomes a champion body builder. A first person Director : narrative, it provides a new perspective on Bachaspa Timayum AIDS and our understanding of sports. Sunzu 12 Best Investigative Film DISTANT Producer: RAJAT The film evokes painful memories of RUMBLINGS Ms. Rongsenkala Rs 50,000/- World War II as experienced by people of North East India, after the Japanese Director : invasion. Through war wreckages found in Bani Prakash Das the jungles and first person accounts, the film stitches together a moving story of affected families long forgotten. 13 Best Animation Film PRINCE AND THE Producer: RAJAT A well knit theme-oriented film, complemented CROWN OF Children’s Film Rs 50,000/- by 2D graphics and a restrained colour STONES Society of India palette. A strong message about leadership emerges through the film making it relevant to Director : the contemporary times. Gautam Benegal Animator : Gautam Benegal 14 Special Jury Award Director of Rajesh S. Jala RAJAT Constrained by the stifling and searing CHILDREN OF THE Rs 50,000/- world of children working in cremation PYRE grounds, the film helps them to recreate a world of their own. The director captures rare reflexive moments of the children and makes the viewers live their pain, joys and dreams. 15 Short Fiction Film STATIONS Producer: RAJAT The film weaves a complex contemporary Film & Television Rs 50,000/- form of expression, through fragmented Institute of India stories of a few sparsely connected lives in transit, over an omnipresent dark urban reality of economic disparity, alienation, and bad Director : faith. Emmanuel Palo 16 Best Film on Family APPUVIN Producer: RAJAT The film scores with a very tender story Values NAYAGAN- SPOTTY A.V. Anoop Rs 50,000/- that transforms into a moving portrayal of (My Hero) a child’s attachment to her toy and her Director : grandfather’s dilemma when he loses it. A Madhavan sensitive film that offers fresh insights into a child’s imagination and needs. 17 Best Direction THREE OF US Director : SWARNA With immense sensitivity, the film offers a Umesh Kulkarni Rs 1,00,000/- slice of life of a physically challenged person, which transcends into a telling cinematic practice of minimalism and control. A poetic exploration that breathes the indomitable spirit of these real characters playing themselves, way above its bleak mise-en-scene. 18 Best Cinematography THREE OF US Lab: RAJAT With amazing discipline and sensitivity, Filmlab, Mumbai Rs 50,000/- the cinematography provides an intimate insight into the lives of a small family, Cameraman: living in a confined space, with exquisite Shariqva Badar Khan use of composition, rhythm, lensing and & lighting. Lab: Using highly sophisticated texture and WHEN THIS MAN Adlabs, Mumbai tonal work, with deep anticipation into the DIES Cameraman: flow and narrative of the film, the Jayakrishna cinematography strives to redefine ways Gummadi of image making and experience. 19 Best Audiography CHILDREN OF THE Re‐Recordist: RAJAT With multiple layers of sound, and the PYRE Mateen Ahmad Rs 50,000/- incessant crackle of funeral pyres that cease to sleep, the film grips its audience with a sense of entrapment around the life of children working inside a cremation ground. It is a telling example of digetic sound design keeping its truth to the reality of the location. 20 Best Editing STATIONS Manoj Kannoth RAJAT A delicately interwoven edit of three sparsely Rs 50,000/- connected contemporary urban tales of alienation. Developing a rhythm with parallel and simultaneous stories, the cutting sculpts an extremely powerful contemporary form. 21 Best Music Direction NARMEEN Vipin Mishra RAJAT A sensitive and evocative musical score, Rs 50,000/- with an amazing use of the violin ensemble, which is both a deeply personal and universal experience. 22 Best Narration/Voice SANA KEITHEL Elangbam Natasha RAJAT A gentle and intimate voice which leads you to Over Rs 50,000/- a great treasure house of insights on markets run by women in Manipur. 23 Jury Special Mention Child actor in Child Actor: Aniket Certificate For his excellent portrayal of a young boy, VITTHAL Rumade only Vitthal, dealing with ritualistic norms forced on him and his struggle to contain the anger brewing within. DIRECTORATE OF FILM FESTIVALS (Ministry of Information & Broadcasting) Government of India 56th NATIONAL FILM AWARDS FOR THE YEAR 2008 BEST WRITING ON CINEMA S. Name of Name of Book Awardee Medal Citation No. Award 1 BEST BOOK Bollywood Publisher : Swarna Ganesh Anantraman sails down the ON CINEMA Melodies Kamal mainstream of Hindi film music but manages Penguin Books to find rivulets of solace all his own. He (English) India Pvt. Ltd. Rs 75,000 blends substance with style, taking care not to appear too profound or flimsy. He brings Author: out the lesser known aspects of popular Hindi film songs thereby infusing them with Ganesh fresh dignity. Ganesh delves into the ragas Anantharaman of film songs, keeping some space for little banter between artists. 2 SPECIAL The Director’s Ujjal Certificate Ujjal Chakraborty gives a fresh insight into JURY Mind Chakraborty the works of timeless luminaries. That is no MENTION mean achievement considering Ujjal talks of (English) works of some of biggest film makers. Rather then confusing the readers with technical jargon, Ujjal brings to the fore the ethos of film making, revealing the masterpieces of past Masters. 2 BEST FILM Altaf Mazid Swarna A straight laced expression marks Altaf CRITIC Kamal Mazid’s works. His simple narration of subjects is backed up by a researcher’s keen Rs 75,000 eye. He talks of the specific in a universally acceptable manner. No flourishes, he focuses on Assamese film industry with steadfastness and perseverance. Quite appropriately too, for an industry that is now celebrating its Platinum jubilee. and and R.K. Bidur Singh takes the readers to a state little known to our film makers. He R.K. Bidur understands cinema like few others, bringing Singh with him an open mindset that accepts the plurality of thought. He upholds the cause of regional film makers and his ability to focus on cultural relativity does not leave him even when he talks of international cinema. He loves films and it shows in his works.
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