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59th National Film Awards
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Awarded forBest of Indian cinema in 2011
Awarded by Directorate of Film Festivals
Presented by Mohammad Hamid Ansari
(Vice-President of India)
Announced on7 March 2012 (2012-03-07)
Presented on3 May 2012 (2012-05-03)
Site Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi
Hosted by Vinay Pathak and Saumya Tandon
Official website dff.nic.in
Highlights
Best Feature Film
Best Non-Feature Film And We Play On
Best Book R. D. Burman: The Man The Music
Best Film Critic Manoj Barpujari
Dadasaheb Phalke Award Soumitra Chatterjee
Most awards  Anhe Ghore Da Daan
  Balgandharva
  Chillar Party
  Deool
  Ranjana Ami Ar Ashbona
  The Dirty Picture (3)

The 59th National Film Awards, presented by the Directorate of Film Festivals, honoured the best of Indian cinema for 2011 and took place on 3 May 2012 at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi. Awards were presented in 38 categories in the Feature Films section, 20 categories in the Non-Feature Films section and two categories for the Best Writing on Cinema section; 41 jury members chose the winners from 392 entries. The ceremony was hosted by actors Vinay Pathak and Saumya Tandon. Awards were presented by the Vice-President of India, Mohammad Hamid Ansari. The ceremony was broadcast live on three television channels, eleven All India Radio stations, and webcast live.

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Deool , a Marathi film, and Byari , the first and only Beary film, shared the award for the Best Feature Film. The award for the Best Non-Feature Film was given to the Hindi‐English documentary And We Play On. The book, R. D. Burman: The Man, The Music, co-authored by Anirudha Bhattacharjee and Balaji Vittal, won the Best Book on Cinema; Assamese film critic Manoj Barpujari was declared the Best Film Critic. Gurvinder Singh won the best feature film direction award for his directorial debut, Anhe Ghore Da Daan . For the film Deool, Girish Kulkarni won the awards for Best Actor and Best Dialogue; Bollywood actress Vidya Balan won the Best Actress award for The Dirty Picture . The Dadasaheb Phalke Award, regarded as the most prestigious recognition in Indian cinema, was given to the veteran Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee for his contribution to Bengali cinema.

Selection process

The Directorate of Film Festivals invited nominations for the 2012 award ceremony on 26 December 2011. [1] Feature and Non-Feature Films certified by Central Board of Film Certification between 1 January 2011, and 31 December 2011, were eligible for the film award categories. The written material on Indian cinema published in Indian print media during the same period were eligible for the best writing on cinema section. [2] The dubbed, revised or copied versions of a film or translation, abridgements, edited or annotated works and reprints were ineligible for the awards. [3] The deadline for submissions was 17 January 2012. [1]

The Feature Film category received 186 entries in 19 languages, marking the highest number of submissions in the history of the National Film Awards, as of 2011. A total of 156 entries were received in the Non-Feature Films category along with 28 books and 22 articles which were submitted for the Best Writing in Cinema. [4]

Awards

The National Film Awards are grouped into three sections: Feature Films, Non-Feature Films and Writing on Cinema. On 7 March 2012, in a press conference held at Shastri Bhavan, New Delhi, the winners for the 2012 award ceremony were announced. [5] A lifetime achievement award, named after Dadasaheb Phalke, was awarded to a film personality for an outstanding contribution to the Indian Cinema. The winners were awarded a medallion, a cash prize and a certificate of merit. [3] [6]

Dadasaheb Phalke Award

Introduced in 1969, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award is the highest award given to recognise the contributions of film personalities towards the development of Indian cinema and for distinguished contributions to the medium, its growth and promotion. [7] A committee consisting of five personalities from the Indian film industry was appointed to evaluate the Dadasaheb Phalke award nominations for 2011. Following were the jury members: [8]

  Shyam Benegal
  Girish Kasaravalli
  Saeed Akhtar Mirza
  Ramesh Sippy
  V. K. Murthy

The Dadasaheb Phalke award for 2011 was announced on 23 March 2012. Actor Soumitra Chatterjee won the award for his contribution to Indian cinema, predominantly in Bengali cinema. [9] Chatterjee was a regular in Satyajit Ray films, has worked with other notable directors such as Mrinal Sen and Tapan Sinha in a career lasting over 50 years.

Name of AwardImageAwardee(s)Awarded AsAwards
Dadasaheb Phalke Award Soumitra Chatterjee - Kolkata 2011-05-09 2856.JPG Soumitra Chatterjee [10] ActorSwarna Kamal, 1 million (US$14,000) and a Shawl

Feature Films

Feature films were awarded at national and regional levels. A Marathi film, Deool and a Beary film, Byari , shared the National Film Award for Best Feature Film. Deool became the third Marathi film to win the honour after Shyamchi Aai (1953) and Shwaas (2003). [11] The film's author and lead actor, Girish Kulkarni, won the awards for Best Actor and Best Dialogues. Byari is the first feature film ever made in the Beary language. [12] In this section, 24 films won awards, and six films, including Deool, the Punjabi film Anhe Ghore Da Daan , another Marathi film Balgandharva , a Bengali film Ranjana Ami Ar Ashbona and two Hindi films Chillar Party and The Dirty Picture , won three awards each. [13]

Jury

For the Feature Film section, six committees were formed based on the different geographic regions in India. The two-tier evaluation process included a central committee and five regional committees. The central committee, headed by the actor Rohini Hattangadi, included the heads of each regional committee and five other jury members. At regional level, each committee consisted of one chief and four members. The chief and one non-chief member of each regional committee were selected from outside that geographic region. The table below names the jury members for the central and regional committees: [13] [14]

Central Jury

  Rohini Hattangadi (Chairperson) (Actress)
  K. Hariharan (Filmmaker)  K. P. Kumaran (Filmmaker)
  Vinay Shukla (Filmmaker)  Alaknanda Roy (Actress)
  A. S. Kanal (Filmmaker, cinematographer and editor)  Latika Padgaonkar (Writer)
  Prakash Belawadi (Director and journalist)  Hiren Bora (Actor)
  Kishwar Desai (Author)  Ranjani Mazumdar (Author)

Northern Region: (Bhojpuri, Dogri , English, Hindi, Punjabi, Rajasthani, Urdu)

  K. Hariharan (Head)
  Amrik Gill (Writer)  Ayesha Sayani (Ad filmmaker)
  K. Bikram Singh (Filmmaker)  Shyamal Karmakar (Director and editor)

Eastern Region: (Assamese, Bengali, Oriya and North-Eastern dialects)

  K. P. Kumaran (Head)
  Satarupa Sanyal (Filmmaker, actress and poet)  Dilip Patnaik (Filmmaker)
  Bhagirathi (Actress)  Ganesh Matkari (Film critic)

Western Region: (Gujarati, Konkani, Marathi)

  Vinay Shukla (Head)
  Pandhari Juker (Makeup Artist)  Kanchan Nayak (Director)
  Hemendra Chaya (Actor)  Banwari Taneja (Actor)

Southern Region I: (Malayalam, Tamil)

  Alaknanda Roy (Head)
  Sashi Paravoor (Director)  T. G. Thyagarajan (Producer)
  S. P. Jananathan (Director)  Bela Negi (Filmmaker and editor)

Southern Region II: (Kannada, Telugu)

  A. S. Kanal (Head)
  Umashanker Swamy (Filmmaker)  P. H. Vishwanath (Filmmaker)
  K. Satyanarayana (Filmmaker)  Ratnottama Sengupta (Film critic)

All India Awards

At national level, feature films competed in 29 categories. The Swarna Kamal (Golden Lotus Award) was awarded in five categories, the Rajat Kamal (Silver Lotus Award) in the rest. In this edition, the Golden Lotus Award for the Best Animation Film and eight Silver Lotus Awards were not announced. The awards given were as follows: [15] [16]

Golden Lotus Award

All the winners were awarded with a Swarna Kamal (Golden Lotus Award), a certificate and a cash prize. [3]

Name of AwardName of Film(s)LanguageAwardee(s)Cash Prize
Best Feature Film Deool Marathi Producer: Abhijeet Gholap
Director: Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni
250,000 (US$3,500)
Byari Beary Producer: T. H. Althaf Hussain
Director: Suveeran
Best Debut Film of a Director Aaranya Kaandam Tamil Producer: S. P. B. Charan
Director: Thiagarajan Kumararaja
125,000 (US$1,800)
Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment Azhagarsamiyin Kuthirai TamilProducer: P. Madhan
Director: Suseenthiran
200,000 (US$2,800)
Best Children's Film Chillar Party Hindi Producer: UTV Software Communications, Salman Khan
Director: Vikas Bahl and Nitesh Tiwari
150,000 (US$2,100)
Best Direction Anhe Ghore Da Daan Punjabi Gurvinder Singh 250,000 (US$3,500)

Silver Lotus Award

All the winners were awarded with a Rajat Kamal (Silver Lotus Award), a certificate and a cash prize. [3]

Name of AwardName of Film(s)Language(s)Awardee(s)Cash Prize
Best Actor Deool Marathi Girish Kulkarni 50,000 (US$700)
Best Actress The Dirty Picture Hindi Vidya Balan 50,000 (US$700)
Best Supporting Actor Azhagarsamiyin Kuthirai Tamil Appukutty 50,000 (US$700)
Best Supporting Actress Phijigee Mani Manipuri Leishangthem Tonthoingambi Devi 50,000 (US$700)
Best Child Artist Stanley Ka Dabba Hindi Partho Gupte 50,000 (US$700)
Chillar Party Hindi Irrfan Khan
 Sanath Menon
 Rohan Grover
 Naman Jain
 Aarav Khanna
 Vishesh Tiwari
 Chinmai Chandranshuh
 Vedant Desai
 Divij Handa
  Shriya Sharma
Best Male Playback Singer Balgandharva Marathi Anand Bhate 50,000 (US$700)
Best Female Playback Singer Abosheshey
("Dure Kothao Dure Dure" and "Aaji Bijan Ghare")
Bengali Roopa Ganguly 50,000 (US$700)
Best Cinematography Anhe Ghore Da Daan Punjabi Cameraman: Satya Rai Nagpaul
Laboratory Processing: Reliance MediaWorks
50,000 (US$700)
Best Screenplay
  Screenplay Writer (Original)
Chillar Party Hindi  Vikas Bahl
  Nitesh Tiwari
  Vijay Maurya
50,000 (US$700)
Best Screenplay
 Screenplay Writer (Adapted)
Shala MarathiAvinash Deshpande Nigdi50,000 (US$700)
Best Screenplay
  Dialogues
Deool Marathi Girish Kulkarni 50,000 (US$700)
Best Audiography
  Location Sound Recordist
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara HindiBaylon Fonseca50,000 (US$700)
Best Audiography
  Sound Designer
Game HindiBaylon Fonseca50,000 (US$700)
Best Audiography
  Re-recordist of the Final Mixed Track
Game HindiHitendra Ghosh50,000 (US$700)
Best Editing Aaranya Kaandam Tamil  Praveen K. L.
  N. B. Srikanth
50,000 (US$700)
Best Art Direction Noukadubi BengaliIndraneel Ghosh50,000 (US$700)
Best Costume Design Balgandharva Marathi Neeta Lulla 50,000 (US$700)
The Dirty Picture Hindi Niharika Khan
Best Make-up Artist Balgandharva MarathiVikram Gaikwad50,000 (US$700)
The Dirty Picture Hindi
Best Music Direction
  Songs
Ranjana Ami Ar Ashbona Bengali Neel Dutt 50,000 (US$700)
Best Music Direction
  Background Score
Laptop BengaliMayookh Bhaumik50,000 (US$700)
Best Lyrics I Am
("Agar Zindagi")
Hindi Amitabh Bhattacharya 50,000 (US$700)
Best Special Effects Ra.One Hindi Harry Hingorani
 Keitan Yadav (Red Chillies VFX)
50,000 (US$700)
Best Choreography Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
("Senorita")
Hindi Bosco-Caesar 50,000 (US$700)
Special Jury Award Ranjana Ami Ar Ashbona Bengali Anjan Dutt (Actor, Singer, Writer, Director)200,000 (US$2,800)
Special Mention Byari Beary Mallika (Actress)Certificate only
Adimadhyantham Malayalam Sherrey (Director)

Regional Awards

National Film Awards are also given to the best films in the regional languages of India. Awards for the regional languages are categorised as per their mention in the Eighth schedule of the Constitution of India. Awardees included producers and directors of the film. No films in languages other than those specified in the Schedule VIII of the Constitution were eligible. [15] [16]

All the winners were awarded with Rajat Kamal (Silver Lotus Award), a certificate and cash prize. [3] Following were the awards given:

Name of AwardName of FilmAwardee(s)Cash Prize
Producer(s)Director
Best Feature Film in Bengali Ranjana Ami Ar Ashbona Rana Sarkar Anjan Dutt 100,000 (US$1,400)
Best Feature Film in Dogri Dille Ch Vasya KoiSanjeev RattanSanjeev Rattan100,000 (US$1,400)
Best Feature Film in Hindi I Am   Onir
  Sanjay Suri
Onir100,000 (US$1,400)
Best Feature Film in Kannada Koormavatara Basant Kumar Patil Girish Kasaravalli 100,000 (US$1,400)
Best Feature Film in Malayalam Indian Rupee August Cinema India Pvt. Ltd. Ranjith 100,000 (US$1,400)
Best Feature Film in Manipuri Phijigee Mani  Takhelchangbam Ongbi Medha Sharmi Oinam Gautam Singh 100,000 (US$1,400)
Best Feature Film in Marathi Shala  Vivek Wagh
 Nilesh Navalkar
Sujay Dahake 100,000 (US$1,400)
Best Feature Film in Punjabi Anhe Ghore Da Daan NFDC Gurvinder Singh 100,000 (US$1,400)
Best Feature Film in Tamil Vaagai Sooda Vaa S. Muruganandham A. Sarkunam 100,000 (US$1,400)

Non-Feature Films

In the Non-Feature Film section, 21 films won awards. Three films—Panchakki, There is Something in the Air and Tiger Dynasty—won three awards each. There is Something in the Air also won the award for best direction—one of the Golden Lotus awards for Non-Feature Films. [16] Three Silver Lotus Awards from Non-Feature Films section were not awarded.

Jury

A committee of seven, headed by director Romesh Sharma, was appointed to evaluate the Non-Feature Films entries. The jury members were: [13]

  Romesh Sharma (Chairperson)(Producer and director)
  Brahmanand Singh (Filmmaker and screen writer)  Supriyo Sen (Director)
  Suresh Kohli (Journalist)  Sameer Hanchate (Producer and director)
  Haobam Paban Kumar (Director)  Gouri Patwardhan (Cinematographer)

Golden Lotus Award

All the winners were awarded with Swarna Kamal (Golden Lotus Award), a certificate and cash prize. [3]

Name of AwardName of Film(s)Language(s)Awardee(s)Cash Prize
Best Non-Feature Film And We Play On Hindi
 English
Producer: Pramod Purswane
Director: Pramod Purswane
150,000 (US$2,100)
Best Non-Feature Film Direction There is Something in the Air Hindi
  Urdu
 English
Iram Ghufran150,000 (US$2,100)

Silver Lotus Award

All the winners were awarded with Rajat Kamal (Silver Lotus Award) and cash prize. [3]

Name of AwardName of Film(s)Language(s)Awardee(s)Cash Prize
Best First Non-Feature Film The Silent Poet Manipuri Producer: Borun Thokchom
Director: Borun Thokchom
75,000 (US$1,100)
Best Anthropological / Ethnographic Film Bom Hindi
 English
Producer: Anirban Datta
Director: Amlan Datta
50,000 (US$700)
Best Biographical Film /Best Historical Reconstruction Film Vishnupant Damle: Bolpatancha Mook Nayak MarathiProducer: Anil Anant Damle
Director: Virendra Valsangkar
50,000 (US$700)
Best Arts / Cultural Film Fried Fish, Chicken Soup and a Premiere Show   Manipuri
  English
Producer: Madhusree Dutta
Director: Mamta Murthy
50,000 (US$700)
Lasya Kavvya – The World of Alarmel ValliEnglishProducer: Sankalp Meshram
Director: Sankalp Meshram
Best Environment / Conservation / Preservation Film Tiger DynastyEnglishProducer: S. Nallamuthu
Director: S. Nallamuthu
50,000 (US$700)
Best Promotional Film The Dream Fulfilled — Memories of the Engineering ChallengesEnglishProducer: Delhi Metro Rail Corporation
Director: Satish Pande
50,000 (US$700)
Best Film on Social Issues Mindscapes... of Love and Longing Hindi
 English
Producer: Public Service Broadcasting Trust
Director: Arun Chadha
50,000 (US$700)
Inshallah, Football   Kashmiri
 Urdu
 English
Producer: Javed Jaffrey
Director: Ashvin Kumar
Best Educational / Motivational / Instructional Film A Drop of SunshineEnglishProducer: Public Service Broadcasting Trust
Director: Aparna Sanyal
50,000 (US$700)
Best Exploration / Adventure Film (Including sports) The Finish LineEnglishProducer: Syed Sultan Ahmed and Tabassum Modi
Director: Akshay Roy
50,000 (US$700)
Best Investigative Film Cotton for My ShroudEnglishProducer: Kavita Bahl
Director: Nandan Saxena and Kavita Bahl
50,000 (US$700)
Best Short Fiction Film PanchakkiHindiProducer: Sanjeev Rattan
Director: Sanjeev Rattan
50,000 (US$700)
Best Film on Family Welfare Red Building where the Sun SetsEnglishProducer: Syed Sultan Ahmed and Tabassum Modi
Director: Revathi
50,000 (US$700)
Best Cinematography Tiger DynastyEnglish Cameraman: S. Nallamuthu50,000 (US$700)
Best Audiography 1, 2HindiGautam Nair50,000 (US$700)
Best Editing There is Something in the Air Hindi
 Urdu
 English
Iram Ghufran50,000 (US$700)
Best Music Direction PanchakkiHindi Dhrubajyoti Phukan 50,000 (US$700)
Best Narration / Voice Over Just that Sort of a DayEnglishAnn Abraham50,000 (US$700)
Special Jury Award Jai Bhim ComradeMarathi Anand Patwardhan (Director)100,000 (US$1,400)
Special Mention You Don't Belong Bengali
 English
Spandan Banerjee (Director)Certificate only
Airawat Marathi
 Hindi
Renu Savant (Director)

Best Writing on Cinema

The Best Writing on Cinema awards are intended to encourage the study and appreciation of cinema as an art form and the dissemination of information and critical appreciation of the medium through books, articles, reviews etc. [15]

Jury

A committee of three, headed by the National Award-winning writer Vijaya Mulay was appointed to evaluate the nominations for the best writing on Indian cinema. The jury members were as follows: [13]

  Vijaya Mulay (Chairperson)(Filmmaker and writer)
  J. M. Parakh (Writer)  M. F. Thomas (Editor and writer)

Golden Lotus Award

Official Name: Swarna Kamal

All the winners were awarded with Swarna Kamal (Golden Lotus Award), cash prize and a certificate. [3]

Name of AwardName of BookLanguageAwardee(s)Cash Prize
Best Book on Cinema R. D. Burman: The Man The Music EnglishAuthor: Anirudha Bhattacharjee and Balaji Vittal
Publisher:Harper Collins India
75,000 (US$1,100)
Name of AwardLanguage(s)AwardeeCash Prize
Best Film Critic   Assamese
 English
Manoj Barpujari 75,000 (US$1,100)

Awards not given

Across all the sections, 12 out of 60 awards were not presented. Some were not awarded because no entries were submitted and for others, no suitable films were found. All the awards for the Best Writing on Cinema section were awarded. The following awards from the other two sections were not given: [15] [16]

Feature films
Non-Feature Films

Award ceremony

The awards presentation ceremony took place on 3 May 2012, at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi. The ceremony was presided over by the Vice-President of India, Mohammad Hamid Ansari. [a 1] [a 2] Other dignitaries present were Ambika Soni (Minister of Information and Broadcasting), Vinod Lamba (President of Film Federation of India), Dharmesh Tiwari (President of Federation of Western India Cine Employees), and two Ministers of State for Information and Broadcasting, C. M. Jatua and R. Jagathrakshkan. The chairpersons of the jury for the three awards sections were also present. The show was hosted by Hindi film actor Vinay Pathak and Hindi television actress, Saumya Tandon. [a 2] [a 3] It was broadcast live on the television channels Doordarshan 1, DD India and DD News; on eleven All India Radio stations; and on the official websites of the Directorate of Film Festivals and the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. [a 3] [a 4] The public screenings of the award-winning films were scheduled from 1 June 2012, to 10 June 2012, at the Siri Fort Auditorium II, New Delhi. [a 5] [a 6]

To mark the centenary of Indian cinema, the ceremony started with clips of the first full-length Indian feature film, Raja Harishchandra (1913). Directed by Dadasaheb Phalke, this silent film was released on 3 May 1913 at Coronation Cinema, Mumbai. To honour this historic event, Soni announced that 2013 would be observed as the centenary year of Indian Cinema and that the National Film Awards ceremony would be held on 3 May every year. She also announced that a National Heritage Mission would be set up to digitise and restore all audio and video tapes of Indian films. A Museum of Indian Cinema would also be inaugurated at the Gulshan Mahal, Mumbai, before May 2013. [a 7]

Rajiv Mehrotra of the Public Service Broadcasting Trust won his twentieth National Film Award. The acclaimed Kannada director Girish Kasaravalli received his 13th National Film Award when his film Koormavatara won the Best Feature Film in Kannada award. [a 2] The dress designer Neeta Lulla won her fourth award for the costumes in Balgandharva. Also, eleven child artists were given Best Child Artist Awards for their performances.

Three award-winners—Anand Bhate, Roopa Ganguly and Amitabh Bhattacharya, who won the award for Best Male Playback Singer, Best Female Playback Singer and Best Lyrics respectively—performed live during the ceremony. [a 3] Both the singers performed their award-winning songs—Bhate sang "Chinmaya Sakal Hridaya" from the Marathi film Balgandharva and Ganguly performed "Dure Kothao Dure Dure" from her film Abosheshey . Bhattacharya was accompanied by singer-songwriter Amit Trivedi for the song "Agar Zindagi" from I Am . [a 8]

Controversy

After the awards were announced on 7 March 2012, Enajori.com, a society which promotes cultural heritage of Assam, filed a petition against the jury's decision for not considering Ekhon Nedekha Nodir Xhipare as an Assamese film and rejecting its nomination. [17] In response to the plea the Delhi High Court issued a notice to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, the Directorate of Film Festivals, the Central Board of Film Certification, Rohini Hattangadi—chairperson of Feature Film section, and Hiren Bora—a jury member for the Feature Film section. [18] After examining the documents submitted for the selection of regional films, the High Court dismissed the plea. The proceedings revealed that Ekhon Nedekha Nodir Xhipare, and other films from the eastern region, were previewed and rejected by the jury. The court imposed costs of 2,000 (US$28) on the petitioner for moving to the court without ascertaining the facts of the case. [19]

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