National Film Awards: 'Ship of Theseus' Best Film

Anand Gandhi's powerful debut Ship of Theseus was today declared the best feature film while biopic Bhaag Milkha Bhaag was named the best popular film at the 61st National Film Awards here.

Ship of Theseus has been hailed for its brilliant portrayal of complex issues of identity, faith and death through the Theseus paradox.

"I am really very excited with this award. It is an invitation for future communication with the government institution. I am also happy for Nishtha Jain's Gulabi Gang winning the best documentary, which we distributed," Gandhi told PTI.

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, a biopic on Milkha Singh, is directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and starred Farhan Akhtar in the lead role.

Hansal Mehta was named the best director for his biopic on slain lawyer-activist Shahid Azmi in Shahid while its lead actor Rajkumar Rao shared the best actor trophy with Suraj Venjaramoodu for Malayalam film Perariyathavar. Geetanjali Thapa was named the best actress for Hindi film Liar's Dice.

Mehta paid tribute to his film's subject, Shahid Azmi, after the win.

"It is a wonderful feeling. It is a tribute to Shahid Azmi. It is just his karma which has worked for the film and for us. It's also a tribute to my team who stood by me for three and a half years while making this film," Mehta told PTI.

Reacting to the announcement, Rao said: "I am more than happy. It is the most important day of my life. Never expected this to happen. I am thankful to everyone actually Hansal Mehta, Shahid team and the audience. I am overwhelmed."

Saurabh Shukla was declared the best supporting actor for court-room drama Jolly LLB which was also named the best Hindi film.

The best supporting actress award will be shared by Amruta Subhas and Aida El-Kashef for Astu (Marathi) and Ship of Theseus.

Indira Gandhi Award for best debut film will go to director Nagraj Manjule for his critically acclaimed Marathi film Fandry.

An 11-member jury, headed by noted director Saeed Akhtar Mirza announced the awards today which are likely to be given President Pranab Mukherjee on May 3 along with the Dada Saheb Phalke award which will go to lyricist-director Gulzar this year.

Nargis Dutt Award for best feature film on National Integration will be given to Balu Mahendra directed Tamil film Thalaimuraigal.

Marathi film Tuhya Dharma Koncha was declared the best film on social issues.

Hindi film Kaphal was named the best children's film whereas Fandry's Somnath Avghade and Tamil film Thanga Meengal's Sadhana shared the best child artist award.

Bengali film Jaatishwar won the best male playback singer award for the song 'E Tumi Kemon Tumi' by Rupankar while in the female category Bela Shende won for the song 'Khura Kura' from Marathi film Tuhya Dharma Koncha.

Interestingly, both the original and adapted screenplay awards went to Kannada films. P Sheshadri won the award for his original screenplay in 'December I' while Panchakshari won the award for adapting Prakruti.

The best dialogue award will go to Sumitra Bhave for Marathi film Astu.

In the language category, Ajeyo was named the best Asamese film, Bakita Byaktigato (Bengali), December 1 (Kannada), Baga Beach (Konkani), North 24 Kaadham (Malayalam), Aajcha Diwas Majha (Marathi), Thanga Meengal (Tamil) and Na Bangaaru Talli (Telugu) were other winners.

Yellow (Marathi) and Na Bangaaru Talli were given special mention by the jury.

The other language winners were: The Coffin Maker (English), RI (Khasi), The Crossing Bridges (Sherdukpen).

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag choreographer Ganesh Acharya won in the best choreography category.

In the best audiography category John Abraham-produced political thriller Madras Cafe won the award for location Sound Recordist and Sound design while Malayalam film Swapaanam won for re-recordist of the final mixed track.

Best editing went V J Sabu Joseph for the Tamil sports drama Vallinam while best production design was won by Miss Lovely.

In the best music direction category Jaatishwar won for the song while Tamil film Na Bangaaru Talli was named in the best background score. Jal won for special effects.

The film Jaatishwar also won in the make-up and costume design categories.

The jury selected the winners in the best feature film category out of 310 films, an official said.

61st National Film Awards 2013

BEST FEATURE FILM 
Ship of Theseus (English-Hindi)
Producer: Recyclewala Films Pvt Ltd
Director: Anand Gandhi
Swarna Kamal and 2,50,000/- each to the Producer and Director
Citation
A quietly powerful film of an unusual photographer, an erudite Jain monk and a young stock broker told through different segments which finally unites them through a strange circumstance. In the process the film depicts issues of intuitive brilliance, metaphysical belief and intricate morality in a world full of contradictions.

INDIRA GANDHI AWARD FOR BEST DEBUT FILM OF A DIRECTOR 
Fandry (Marathi)
Producer: Navalkha Arts and Holy Basil Combine
Director : Nagraj Manjule
Swarna Kamal and 1,25, 000/- each to the Producer and Director
Citation
A stark and realistic portrayal of Dalits in India seen through the eyes of a young boy who is desperately trying to break age old shackles. It makes a strong statement that despite various reformers doing their best…. much remains to be done.

BEST POPULAR FILM PROVIDING WHOLESOME ENTERTAINMENT
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (Hindi)
Producer: Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, ROMP Pictures
Director : Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
Swarna Kamal and 2,00,000/- to the Producer and Director
Citation
For retaining the story and values of a great sportsman and translating it into the cinematic medium with aplomb.

NARGIS DUTT AWARD FOR BEST FEATURE FILM ON NATIONAL INTEGRATION
Thalaimuraigal (Tamil)
Producer: Company Productions
Director : Balu Mahendra Rajat Kamal and
1,50,000/- each to the Producer and Director
Citation
A sensitive tale about the breaking of walls of orthodoxy and religious and linguistic bias in a small village in Tamil Nadu. Love and compassion of a small boy and his mother wins over not only their own blood but the whole rural community.

BEST FILM ON SOCIAL ISSUES
Tuhya Dharma Koncha (Marathi)
Producer: Indian Magic Eye Motion Pictures Pvt Ltd.
Director : Satish Manwar Rajat Kamal and
1,50,000/- each to the Producer and Director
Citation
Tale of a poor tribal family being torn between prosecution by law enforcing agencies on one hand and issue of loss of their traditional faith and culture through religious conversions on the other.

BEST FILM ON ENVIRONMENT CONSERVATION/PRESERVATION
Perariyathavar (Malayalam)
Producer: Ambalakkara Global Films
Director : Dr Biju
Rajat Kamal and 1,50,000/- each to the Producer and Director
Citation
It tells the story of those nameless, faceless marginalized people through the life of a widowed father who works as a scavenger and his eight year old son. It depicts the real lives of the poor who live in the margin of civilized society with an unusual power and artistic honesty.

BEST CHILDREN’S FILM
Kaphal (Hindi)
Producer: Children’s Film Society of India
Director : Batul Mukhtiar
Swarna Kamal and 1,50,000/- each to the Producer and Director
Citation
A small village deep in Uttarakhand. A touching story set in beautiful mountains where two young boys pine for their father who has been away for quite a few years. They have dreams which they share with their close friends as they frolic around.

BEST DIRECTION
Shahid (Hindi)
Hansal Mehta
Swarna Kamal and 2,50,000/-
Citation
A remarkably handled film that traces the true story of a slain human right activist and a lawyer Shahid Azmi in the backdrop of communal violence unleashed in Mumbai. The story of an impoverished Muslim struggling to come to terms with injustice, inequality and rise above his circumstances. It is an inspiring testament to the human spirit. 

BEST ACTOR

  • Shahid (Hindi)
    Raj Kumar
    Citation

    For portrayal of the intriguing journey of a Muslim young man who is persecuted. He rebels and ultimately comes back to fight the injustice as a committed law abiding lawyer. Raj Kumar brings to life the soul of Shahid. 
  • Perariyathavar (Malayalam)
    Suraj Venjaramoodu
    Citation
    For the dignified and quiet portrayal of a man on the lower margins of the society. His turmoil struggles and sufferings are soulfully brought out with subtle body language and eyes which transcend word

Rajat Kamal and 50,000/- (Cash component to be shared)

BEST ACTRESS
Liar’s Dice (Hindi)
Geetanjali Thapa
Rajat Kamal and 50,000/-
Citation
If ever an actress could merge completely into a role and look the character to perfection, it is Geetanjali Thapa. Her searching eyes and vulnerability are breath taking.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Jolly LLB (Hindi)
Saurabh Shukla
Rajat Kamal and 50,000/-
Citation
For a heart-warming and exuberant performance as a judge, who discovers his authority and conscience in the process of conducting a high profile case.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

  • Astu (Marathi) 
    Amruta Subhash
    Citation

    Amruta touchingly portrays the emotions of a poor woman who brings to life compassion and warmth in dealing with human relationships.
  • Ship of Theseus (English-Hindi)
    Aida El-Kashef
    Citation
    For a sensitive portrayal of a blind photographer who entirely depends on her intuitive creative power and has a fiercely independent mind.

Rajat Kamal and 50,000/- (cash component will be shared)

BEST CHILD ARTIST

  • Fandry (Marathi)
    Somnath Avghade 
    Citation
    Somnath Avghade plays the role of a Dalit teenager to perfection. His angst clearly boils over as the realities of life dawn upon him.
  • Thanga Meengal (Tamil)
    Sadhana
    Citation
    Sadhana has played the part of a dyslexic child with sensitivity and exuberance and yet with ease. 

Rajat Kamal and 50,000/-  (cash component will be shared)

BEST MALE PLAYBACK SINGER
Jaatishwar (Bengali)
Rupankar
For the song E Tumi Kemon Tumi
Rajat Kamal and 50,000/-
Citation
A soulful voice with a rich resonance that enhances the theme of the film.

BEST FEMALE PLAYBACK SINGER
Tuhya Dharma Koncha (Marathi)
Bela Shende
For the song Khura Khura
Rajat Kamal and 50,000/-
Citation
The singer has evoked the requisite emotions of the theme of the film. She has displayed a rare variety in the rendering of this composition.

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Liar’s Dice (Hindi)
Rajeev Ravi
Rajat Kamal and 50,000/- 
Citation
Rajeev Ravi captures life from the picturesque snow-laden mountains through a strenuous bus journey, to the crowded and dingy streets of Delhi with a rare fluidity.

BEST SCREENPLAY

  • Screenplay Writer (Original) :
    December I (Kannada)
    P. Sheshadri
    Rajat Kamal and 50,000/-
    Citation
    For its kaleidoscopic variety that uses realism and colloquialism that is soaked in a contemporary flavour. 
  • Screenplay Writer (Adapted) :
    Prakruti (Kannada)
    Panchakshari
    Rajat Kamal and 50,000/-
    Citation
    For retaining the concerns and values of an original work by a celebrated author while adapting it into the cinematic idiom.
  • Dialogues
    Astu (Marathi)
    Sumitra Bhave
    Rajat Kamal and 50,000/- 
    Citation
    An extraordinary blend in language and conversations that cover philosophy day-to-day anxieties and emotions in a most compelling manner. 

BEST AUDIOGRAPHY

  • Location Sound Recordist
    Madras Café
    (Hindi)
    Nihar Ranjan Samal
    Rajat Kamal and 50,000/-
    Citation
    Superlative professional job, in picking up minute nuances, covering indoor as well as outdoor locations.
  •   Sound Design
    Madras Café
    (Hindi)
    Bishwadeep Chatterjee
    Rajat Kamal and 50,000/-
    Citation
    With his competent sound design Bishwadeep adds authenticity and another dimension to the film.
  • Re-recordist of the final mixed track
    Swapaanam
    (Malayalam)
    D Yuvaraj
    Rajat Kamal and 50,000/-
    Citation
    A commendable job of keeping a perfect balance between, dialogues, sound effects and resonant ‘chenda’ playing.

BEST EDITING 
Vallinam (Tamil)
V.J. Sabu Joseph
Rajat Kamal and 50,000/-
Citation
An excellent pace set in this sport based film by the editor. The match sequences have been masterly cut.

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Miss Lovely (Hindi)
Ashim Ahluwalia, Tabsheer Zutshi, Parichit Paralkar
Rajat Kamal and 50,000/-
Citation
For a style and finesse realized by authentic recreating an era in a not too distant past and dressing up the location that is coherent with the visual style of the narrative.

BEST COSTUME DESIGNER
Jaatishwar (Bengali)
Sabarni Das
Rajat Kamal and 50,000/-
Citation
For realizing effectively the texture of colonial Bengal upto the modern period through a rigorous attention to details .

BEST MAKE-UP ARTIST
Jaatishwar (Bengali)
Vikram Gaikwad (for the make-up of the actor Prasenjit)
Rajat Kamal and 50,000/-
Citation
For the admirable detailing and remarkable consistency achieved in the etching of the characters played by Prasenjit Chatterjee. 

BEST MUSIC DIRECTION

  • Songs
    Jaatishwar (Bengali)
    Kabir Suman
    Rajat Kamal and 50,000/-
    Citation
    The music director has presented a rich variety of musical genres of Bengal with appropriate voices, instruments and orchestration.
  • Background Score
    Na Bangaaru Talli (Telugu)
    Shantanu Moitra
    Rajat Kamal and 50,000/-
    Citation
    The music composer has kept a balance of music programming and regional acoustic instruments like Saraswati Veena, Mridangam, Ghatam, Morsing and voices to underline the theme of the film.

BEST LYRICS
Thanga Meengal (Tamil)
Na. Muthukumar for the lyric Ananda Yaazhai
Rajat Kamal and 50,000/-
Citation
For giving a poetic expression to the narrative through contextual amplification of emotions.

SPECIAL JURY AWARD

  • Yellow (Marathi) 
    Producer: Viva In En
    Director : Mahesh Limaye
    Citation
    An unbelievably inspiring film about a specially gifted girl who overcomes all the odds to make an international mark
  • Miss Lovely (Hindi)
    Producer: Future East Film Pvt Ltd
    Director : Ashim Ahluwalia
    Citation
    Set in the criminal depths of Mumbai’s c-grade film industry, bathed in sleaze and sex, the plot explores intense and mutually destructive relationships. A densely layered narrative, period costumes and production design conveys a pulp style, all its own

Rajat Kamal and 2,00,000/- (Cash component to be shared)

BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS
Jal (Hindi)
Intermezzo Studio Rajat Kamal and 50,000/-
Citation
For creative and organic use of special effects to enhance the theme of the film.

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (Hindi)
Ganesh Acharya for Maston ka Jhund
Rajat Kamal and 50,000/-
Citation
For effectively using young soldiers and just the props available within the barracks to create a rugged and exuberant dance.

BEST FEATURE FILM IN EACH OF THE LANGUAGE SPECIFIED IN THE SCHEDULE VIII OF THE CONSTITUTION

BEST ASSAMESE FILM
Ajeyo
Producer: Shiven Arts
Director : Jahnu Barua
Citation
The story of a boy who stands up against in pre-independent India and hopes for rule of law in independent India. But his hopes are all but shattered by happenings later on.

BEST BENGALI FILM
Bakita Byaktigato
Producer: Tripod Entertainment Pvt Ltd
Director : Pradipta Bhattacharya
Citation
A delightful film about the need for love in our cynical times.

BEST HINDI FILM
Jolly LLB
Producer: Fox Star Studios
Director : Subhash Kapoor
Citation
A fast-paced film of an ambitious lawyer wanting to make it big through short-cut method ends up opening a high profile case and what follows is a roller coaster ride of a man, his moralities, ambitions and relationships.

BEST KANNADA FILM
December 1
Producer: Basant Productions
Director : P. Sheshadri
Citation
A hard-hitting tale of a poor family in a village that gets enmeshed with the crooked ways of politicians.

BEST KONKANI FILM
Baga Beach
Producer: Sharvani Productions
Director : Laxmikant Shetgaonkar
Citation
Based on a true story, an honest and simple revelation of darkly-held secrets on the beaches of Goa.

BEST MALAYALAM FILM
North 24 Kaadham
Producer: Surya Cine Arts
Director : Anil Radhakrishnan Menon
Citation
A train journey that transforms an eccentric character by taking him through trying situations and making him more compassionate.

BEST MARATHI FILM
Aajcha Diwas Majha
Producer: White Swan Productions
Director : Chandrakant Kulkarni
Citation
A parody on musical chair in politics and a critique of the hierarchical system in bureaucracy, the film takes an unusual turn when the political boss has a change of heart.

BEST TAMIL FILM 
Thanga Meengal
Producer: JSK Film Corporation
Director : Ram
Citation
An emotional tale of a man who separates from his wife and beloved eight year old daughter to look for a job in a distant city. The consequences that follow, finally lead to an emotional and heart-warming reunion. 

BEST TELUGU FILM 
Na Bangaaru Talli
Producer: Sun Touch Productions
Director : Rajesh Touchriver
Citation
The film is a searing indictment of the pervasive and ruthless world of the sex trade.

Rajat Kamal and 1,00,000/- each to the Producer and Director

  BEST FEATURE FILM IN EACH OF THE LANGUAGE SPECIFIED OTHER THAN SCHEDULE VIII OF THE CONSTITUTION

BEST ENGLISH FILM
The Coffin Maker
Producer: Shree Narayan Studio
Director : Veena Bakshi
Citation
Tale of a coffin maker and his wife living in a small Goan village. The film gets very interesting, intriguing and philosophical as death as a character enters their lives.

BEST KHASI FILM
RI
Producer: Kurbah Films
Director : Pradip Kurbah
Citation
A complex tale of insurgency and reconciliation set in the turbulent North East state of Meghalaya.

BEST SHERDUKPEN FILM
The Crossing Bridges
Producer: TNT Films Production
Director : Sange Dorjee Thongdok
Citation
A well-crafted film that tells the tale of a young man who comes back from Mumbai to his remote village in Arunachal Pradesh to find his roots.

SPECIAL MENTION

  • Yellow (Marathi)
    Gauri Gadgil, Sanjana Rai
    Certificate
    Citation
    To pay our salutation to the indomitable spirit of a special child.

  • Na Bangaaru Talli (Telugu)
    Anjali Patil
    Certificate
    Citation
    Kudos to the courage of a girl, who brought out her real life story and told it to the world.

 61st NATIONAL FILM AWARDS FOR THE YEAR 2013 FOR NON-FEATURE FILMS

BEST NON FEATURE FILM
Rangbhoomi (Hindi)
Producer : Films Division
Director : Kamal Swaroop
Swarna Kamal & 1,50,000/- each to the Producer & Director
Citation
For an innovative and artistic exploration of the themes and concerns of the celebrated pioneer of Indian cinema, during a relatively unknown phase of his life, which leaves the viewer moved and shaken.

BEST DEBUT FILM OF A DIRECTOR
Kanyaka (Malayalam)
Producer : Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute
Director : Christo Tomy
Rajat Kamal & 75,000/- each to the Producer & Director
Citation
For its wholly convincing mise-en-scene set in a convent run by Malayali nuns, wherein the grief and guilt of the young protagonist is presented in a manner that leaves a lot to the imagination of the viewer.

BEST BIOGRAPHICAL/ HISTORICAL RECONSTRUCTION
The Last Adieu (English)
Producer : Films Division
Director : Shabnam Sukhdev
Rajat Kamal & 50,000/- each to the Producer & Director
Citation
For its insight into the work of an exceptionally passionate documentary filmmaker blended with a frank and moving account of his daughter’s attempt to come to terms with his estrangement from the family.
 
BEST ARTS /CULTURAL FILM (Shared)

  • The Lost Behrupiya (Hindi)
    Producer : Justin McCarthy
    Director : Sriram Dalton
    Citation
    For a near surreal depiction of a dying art form in a globalised society. The film combines elements of drama and visual art with a lament for a rich cultural tradition.
  • O Friend, This Waiting ! (English, Telugu)
    Producer : Holybull Entertainment LLP
    Director : Sandhya Kumar & Justin McCarthy
    Citation
    For its wholly unconventional investigation of the Devadasi tradition in South India, combining an appreciation of this delicate and sensuous art form with a genuine sociological exploration.

Rajat Kamal & 50,000/- each to the Producer & Director
(cash component to be shared among the films)

BEST SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY FILM
The Pad Piper (English)
Producer : Akanksha Sood Singh
Director : Akanksha Sood Singh
Rajat Kamal & 50,000/- each to the Producer & Director
Citation
For its portrayal of a sensitive man with a profound belief in appropriate technology who came up with a simple piece of engineering – an affordable sanitary napkin that has had an extraordinary impact on the health of millions of poor women.

BEST PROMOTIONAL FILM (Shared)

  • Chasing The Rainbow (English)
    Producer Edumedia India
    Director : Charu Shree Roy
    Citation
    For scratching the moral surface of the Indian middle class and holding a mirror for all of us who are torn between self interests and ethical dilemmas.
  • Kush (Hindi)
    Producer : Red Carpet Moving Pictures Pvt. Ltd.
    Director : Shubhashish Bhutiani
    Citation
    For sensitively revisiting a dark phase of Indian history when communal passions ran amuck. The film looks at the impact on young children and questions why we allow history to repeat itself.

Rajat Kamal & 50,000/- each to the Producer & Director
(cash component to be shared among the films)

BEST ENVIRONMENT FILM INCLUDING AGRICULTURE
Foresting Life (Hindi, Assamese)
Producer : A Media For Social Impact
Director : Aarti Shrivastava
Rajat Kamal & 50,000/- each to the Producer & Director
Citation
For its earthy look at a man, the forest he created all by himself, and the heroic effort that is necessary to sustain that forest without any government help.

BEST FILM ON SOCIAL ISSUES
Gulabi Gang (Hindi, Bundelkhandi)
Producer : Raintree Films, Piraya Film As, Final Cut for Real Aps
Director: Nishtha Jain
Rajat Kamal & 50,000/- each to the Producer & Director
Citation
For its powerful depiction of a crusader for the subaltern that takes us deeper into the continuing struggles of the rural Indian woman set in a milieu of chauvinistic scepticism.

BEST EDUCATIONAL FILM
The Quantum Indians (English)
Producer : Public Service Broadcasting Trust 
Director: Raja Choudhury
Rajat Kamal & 50,000/- each to the Producer & Director
Citation
For an extremely efficient and precise analysis of the contributions of three renowned scientists in a manner that not only educates today’s generation but also provides insights into complex scientific phenomena in an accessible manner.

BEST INVESTIGATIVE FILM
Katiyabaaz (Hindi,Urdu,English)
Producer : Globalistan Films Pvt. Ltd.
Director: Deepti Kakkar & Fahad Mustafa
Rajat Kamal & 50,000/- each to the Producer & Director
Citation
For its cutting edge investigation into the life of a typical Indian city, the film uses strong characters, juxtapositions and humour to create a visual arch that delineates the haves and have-nots of power

SPECIAL JURY AWARD (Shared)

  • Ananthamurthy – Not A Biography…But A Hypothesis (English)
    Director:Girish Kasaravalli
    Citation
    For the clarity and the insight with which it looks at the work of Ananthamurthy, one of the finest Indian writers, whose work carries exceptional social significance.
  • Tamaash (Kashmiri)
    Director: Satyanshu Singh & Devanshu Singh
    Citation
    For presenting a heartwarming story of friendship in a lucid and engaging style and for using elements of the magical and the macabre to create a modern day fable of Kashmir.

Rajat Kamal & 1,00,000/-
(cash component to be shared among films)

BEST SHORT FICTION FILM
Mandrake ! Mandrake ! (Hindi)
Producer : Film and Television Institute of India
Director: Ruchir Arun
Rajat Kamal & 50,000/- each to the Producer & Director
Citation
For the deftly crafted story of a young man who transforms a rundown warehouse into an Aladdin’s Cave through the fun and frolic of the moving image where magic, mystery and adventure become possible.

BEST FILM ON FAMILY VALUES
Heyro Party (Bengali)
Producer : Baishakhi Banerjee & Deepak Gawade
Director: Deepak Gawade
Rajat Kamal & 50,000/- each to the Producer & Director
Citation
For its poignant reflection of selfless dreams and aspirations, the film depicts the struggles and dilemmas of a poor family in a simple and compelling cinematic language. 

BEST DIRECTION
Chidiya Udh (No Dialogue)
Director: Pranjal Dua
Swarna Kamal & 1,50,000/-
Citation
For his unique vision of urban angst told without dialogue. The de-emphasised narrative masterfully blends visual, sound, music and acting.

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Mandrake ! Mandrake ! (Hindi)
Cameraman : Kavin Jagtiani
Lab : Reliance Media Works
Rajat Kamal & 50,000/-each to cameraman and laboratory
Citation
For exhibiting a wide spectrum of hues, both colour and black and white, while picturising the action in a dark warehouse full of unlikely light sources as also for the simulation of a silent era film with amusing trick photography.

BEST AUDIOGRAPHY
Chidiya Udh (No Dialogue)
Gautam Nair
Rajat Kamal & 50,000/-each to cameraman and laboratory
Citation
For a layered and resonant sound track with elements of ambiguity and discord contributing to an overwhelming sense of urban disconnect.

BEST EDITING
Gulabi Gang (Hindi, Bundelkhandi)
Arjun Gourisaria
Rajat Kamal & 50,000/-
Citation
For imparting the film with its structure and rhythm, tempo and drama, movement and exposition.

BEST MUSIC DIRECTION
Yugadrashta (Assamese)
Anurag Saikia
Rajat Kamal & 50,000/-
Citation
For its spectacular blending of folk elements with a rich and nuanced classicism that conveys an enthralling period feel.

BEST NARRATION/ VOICE OVER
Kankee O Saapo (Odia)
Lipika Singh Darai
Rajat Kamal & 50,000/-
Citation
For its soulful and enigmatic interior dialogue between two generations that operates at an allegorical level, gently synthesising apparently unrelated visuals leaving the viewer with a strong sense of evocation.

SPECIAL MENTION

  • Accsex (English, Hindi)
    Director : Shweta Ghosh
    Citation
    For vigorously taking up the challenge of exploring sexuality in women perceived to be differently abled.
  • Candles In The Wind (Punjabi, Hindi)
    Director : Kavita Bahl & Nandan Saxena
    Citation
    For its chilling depiction of the ground realities in the bread basket of India. The tone and texture of the film contradict the prevalent narrative of it being the best place to live and work.
  • Dharmam (Tamil)
    Director : Madonne M Ashwin
    Citation
    For its searing critique of middle class hypocrisy and a corrupt society as seen through the eyes of an impressionable child.
  • At the Cross Roads : Nondon Bagchi Life and Living (English, Bengali)
    Director : Rajdeep Paul and Sarmistha Maiti
    Citation
    For an entertaining biography of a wonderfully engaging personality, with shades of a near chaotic life style, set in a period known for its path-breaking music.

61st NATIONAL FILM AWARDS, 2013
BEST WRITING ON CINEMA

Best Book on Cinema
Title of the Book: Cinema Ga Cinema (Telegu)
Author: Nandagopal
Publisher: Praga India, Hyderabad
Citation
Cinema Ga Cinema is a refreshing treatise on various aspects of film making from its beginning in the early 20th century to the present and even into the future. Veteran film journalist Shri Nandagopal deals in an exhaustive, research based and yet elegant manner with different aspects of the art of cinema, aesthetic values, roles of dance and music, photography, costumes and myriad other aspects of film making not just in India but even in world cinema. His extensive exposure and experience in the film industry lends richness to all parts of the book.

Swarna Kamal and Rs 75000 to the author : Nandagopal
Swarna Kamal and Rs 75000 to the Publisher: Praga India, Hyderabad

Best Film Critic
Name of Critic: Alaka Sahani (English)
Citation
Through her articles published in 2013, film critic Alaka Sahani has highlighted facets of cinema beyond glamour and gossip by delving deeper into the contemporary relevance of iconic film makers, hunting down the remnants of yesteryear theatres in Mumbai, investigating the new lease of life given to documentary film makers by the Internet and by looking at film making on the other side of the border. The Jury recommends her for the award for the non-mainstream theme of her articles and the sensitivity with which she has presented these issues. 

Swarna Kamal and Rs75000 to the Critic : Alaka Sahani (English)

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