noted that popular culture is a site where collective
social understandings are created and films
play a significant role in this, more so given the
linguistic and regional diversity they portray.
the years, these awards have recognised excellence
as also propelled new or unknown talent to national
and international limelight and provide encouragement
and recognition to them, he said.
Chatterjee, Ansari said "his partnership with
Satyajit Ray would indeed be counted as a memorable
director-actor combination in the history of cinema."
said the award winners had proved that contrary to
popular perception, Indian cinema is neither formulaic
nor conforming to stereotypes. It has successfully
adapted traditional Indian narrative and oral traditions
to the requirements of technology and formats of new
is also reflected in the nature and expectations of
cinemagoers. "We have a growing middle class,
and a younger generation of viewers; both are desirous
and capable of spending on entertainment. The film
viewers today, besides entertainment, seek to understand
their society and their world, and to make sense of
societal and personal evolution."
technology and format of film viewing is also changing
with new gadgets including phones, Tablets, Pay-per-view
and laptops and venues such as multiplexes. This is
leading to an increasing demand for better cinematography,
improved quality and digital formats. They impact
on the distribution and marketing and, thus, on revenue
is evident our films are one of the most potent elements
of our soft power. They are ambassadors of our culture,
tradition and society. They foster people-to-people
relations and promote our image and interests in ways
that are not readily apparent but are of enduring
significance. As we improve our society and economy
and empower our citizens, our films will continue
to play a leading role within the country and abroad
to further the effort."
and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni said the awards
this year marked the commencement of the celebrations
of 100 years of cinema. Programmes being given a fillip
during the year included the National Film Heritage
Mission for which a sum of Rs five billion had been
allocated in the current five-year plan.
said that the year will see the opening of the Museum
of the Moving Image in Mumbai in the premises of the
Gulshan Mahal in the Films Division Complex.
agreed with Ansari that the rich cultural heritage
and film music had contributed in turning India into
a soft power. Cinema was the social mirror of society
and a catalyst for the plurality of Indian culture.
Regional cinema remained the mainstay of Indian cinema.
Secretary Uday Varma said Indian cinema celebrates
life in all its glory and shares joys and sorrows,
encapsulating life in all its colours. It was the
finest tribute to human creativity.
said he had been plagued in his early years on whether
he had chosen the right profession, but his fans had
proved him right.
Rohini Hatthangady (features), Ramesh Sharma (non-features)
and Vijaya Mulay (writing on cinema) presented their
reports. Others present included the two Ministers
of State for I&B, C M Jatua and R Jagathrakshkan,
Film Federation of India president Vinod Lamba, and
Dharmesh Tiwari of the All India Cine Employees Confederation.
evening presented by actors Vinay Pathak and Soumya
Tandon saw music performances by National film awardees
Anand Bhate (for his song in Balgandharva),
Roopa Ganguly (for her song in Abhosheyshey)
and Amit Trivedi and Amitabh Bhattacharya for the
song Agar Zindagi in I am.
A film with clips from the award-winning films by
Ramesh Tekwani and another on Chatterjee by Films
Division were also screened.