NEW DELHI: Hindi films dominated the 54th National Film Awards for 2006. While
Rajkumar Hirani's Lage Raho Munnabhai won four awards, Vishal Bhardwajs
Omkara took three.
Lage Raho Munnabhai won the best popular film, "for providing wholesome
entertainment", best screenplay, best lyrics, and best supporting actor award,
that went to Dilip Prabhavalkar. Konkona Sen Sharma was declared the best supporting
actress for Omkara.
the four awards for Punjabi films, presented by President Pratibha Patil, went
to the same film Waris Shah Ishq da Waaris , directed by late Manoj
Punj and starring pop star Gurdas Mann. Also, all the four for Konkani went to
one film, Rajendra Talak's Antarnad.
best feature film award went to Malayalam movie Pulijanmam.
Kannada film Care of Footpath, produced by Shylaja Shrikanth, brought 12-year-old
Kishan S S the best children's film director award. The film had been directed
by Kishan when the child was nine years old. He has now found a place for himself
in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the youngest film director in
Kumar, and veteran actress Saroja Devi received the Lifetime Achievement Awards
to commemorate the 60th anniversary of India's Independence, and Tapan Sinha received
the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for contribution to cinema for 2006. The Award, instituted
by the Union Government, carries a cash price of Rs 1 million, a Swaran Kamal
and a shawl.
were presented in 31 different categories in the feature film section and 22 categories
in the non-feature film section. Three awards were given away for best writing
the best feature film award in Hindi was given away to Khosla Ka Ghosla,
the best feature film award in English went to Quest.
Bengali film Podokkhep brought veteran actor Soumitra Chatterjee an award
for the best actor, Tamil cinema's Priyamani was honoured with the best actress
title for Paruthi Veeran.
award for the best animation feature film, introduced this year, went to the Telugu
film Kittu , directed by B Satya and animated by Kodavanti Bharaj. Another
award introduced this year - best make-up artist - went to Anil Motiram Palande
for Traffic Signal.
Madhur Bhandarkar was named the best director for Traffic Signal. Divya
Chahadkar was given the best child artist award for Antarnad, a Konkani
film, the Indira Gandhi award for best first film was taken home by Malayalam
film Eakantham and Hindi film Kabul Express.
best non-feature award went to Bishar Blues by Amitabh Chakraborty. The
film also received the audiograohy (Partha Barman) and editing (Amitabh Chakraborty
and Amit Debnath) awards.
first non-feature film of a director went to Andhiyum by Jacob Varghese. The renowned
Aribam Syam Sarma, who has won numerous awards, shared the best biographical film
award for Guru Laimayum Thambalnagoubi Devi with Minukku by M R Rajan.
film Nokpokliba, directed and animated by Meren Imchen, won the best animation
award for non-feature film while the best short fiction film award went to Ek
Aadesh Command for Choti by Ramesh Asher who also won the best director
P Ramachandran (Malayalam) and Rafique Baghdadi (English) shared the award for
best film critic awards while the best book on cinema award was given to Helen:
the life and times of an H-Bomb by Jerry Pinto. Assamese critic Utpal Datta
received a special mention.
feature film jury was chaired by renowned filmmaker Buddhadeb Dasgupta with thirteen
other members, while the non-feature jury was headed by K Bikram Singh with five
other members. The book jury, with three members, was headed by Madhu Jain.
Minister Priyaranjan Dasmunshi, who was present
on the occasion, stressed the need for filmmakers
to shoulder a social commitment through their
films. He said the national film awards had
not only helped regional cinema, but also promoted
an understanding among different cultures within
the country. He claimed that the film industry
had seen resurgence in the three years. He announced
that in reference to the wishes of the president
expressed during the presentation of the 53rd
national film awards, the award money had been
increased five times.
the National Film Awards for 2005 were also
presented early this year. This is because the
process for the 53rd National Awards for 2005
had got mired twice in court cases, first on
the requirement of censorship and then when
feature film jury member Shyamali Banerjee Deb
challenged some of the awards.