National Film Award for Best Child Artist

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National Film Award for Best Child Artist
National award for contributions to Indian Cinema
Instituted in 1968
The President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam presenting the Best Child Artists Award for the year 2002 to Shweta Prasad and Keertana for their roles in Hindi film "Makdee" and Tamil film "Kannathil Muthamittal" at the 50th National Film.jpg
The President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam presenting the Best Child Artist Awards for the year 2002
Awarded forBest Performance by a child artist in a year
Sponsored by Directorate of Film Festivals
Reward(s)
  • Rajat Kamal (Silver Lotus)
  • 50,000 (US$700)
First awarded1968
Last awarded2018
Most recent winner/sPV Rohit, Sahib Singh, Talha Arshad Reshi and Shrinivas Pokale
Highlights
Total awarded77
First winnerBaby Rani
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The National Film Award for Best Child Artist is one of the National Film Awards presented annually by the Directorate of Film Festivals, the organisation set up by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, India. It is one of several awards presented for feature films and awarded with Silver Lotus (Rajat Kamal).

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The award was instituted in 1968, at 16th National Film Awards and awarded annually for films produced in the year across the country, in all Indian languages. The actors whose performances have won awards have worked in eleven major languages. Hindi (24 awards), Tamil (13 awards), Malayalam (13 awards), Marathi (9 awards), Kannada (7 awards), Bengali (6 awards), Telugu (3 awards), Meitei (1 award), Konkani (1 award), Assamese (1 award), Oriya (1 award).

Winners

Indicates a joint award for that year

Award includes 'Silver Lotus' (Rajat Kamal) and cash prize. Following are the award winners over the years:

List of award recipients, showing the year (award ceremony), film(s) and language(s) and citation
YearRecipient(s)Role(s)Film(s)LanguageCitationRefs.
1967
(16th)
Baby Rani Geetha Kuzhanthaikkaga Tamil   [1]
1969
(17th)
No Award [2]
1970
(18th)
Rishi Kapoor Young Raju Mera Naam Joker Hindi   [3]
1971
(19th)
Sachin Ajab Tujhe Sarkar Marathi   [4]
1972
(20th)
Neera Malia Ranur Pratham Bhag Bengali   [5]
1973
(21st)
G. S. NatarajKitty Kaadu Kannada   [6]
1974
(22nd)
Kushal Chakraborty Mukul Dhar Sonar Kella Bengali  [7]
1975
(23rd)
No Award [8]
1976
(24th)
Raju Shrestha Deepak Kumar Agnihotri
(Deepu)
Chitchor Hindi  [4]
1977
(25th)
Ajith KumarNaani Ghatashraddha Kannada
For depicting with rare sensitivity, a child's growth into awareness of the coarseness and brutality of the adult world, for his silent struggle to retain his innocence and his natural sense of justice; for his poetic evocation of the child's response to the slowly unfolding mysteries of life, the trivial, the brutal and tragic being inextricable elements of human experience.
[9]
1978
(26th)
Kanchan De Biswas Ganadevata Bengali
For being utterly himself.
[10]
1979
(27th)
Geeta KhannaBhavana Aangan Ki Kali Hindi 
1980
(28th)
AravindAppu Oppol Malayalam
For portraying the complex role of a lonely child who is a victim of social ostracisation for no fault of his own, for bringing out the terrible emotional trauma with little dialogue and a superb economy of gesture.
[11]
1981
(29th)
Leikhendra SinghThoithoi Imagi Ningthem Meitei
For an endearing portrayal of a child and his yearning for a mother's love.
[12]
1982
(30th)
VimalRajesh
(Unni)
Aaroodam Malayalam
For its touching innocence and lack of self-consciousness which lend meaning to the theme.
[13]
1983
(31st)
Suresh Kayama
(Younger Ramachandran)
Malamukalile Daivam Malayalam
For lively depiction of a wide range of emotions of a tribal lad.
[14]
1984
(32nd)
AravindVinod My Dear Kuttichathan Malayalam  [15]
Suresh Vijay
Mukesh
Sonia Lakshmi
1985
(33rd)
Puneeth Rajkumar Ramu Bettada Hoovu Kannada
For his lively and effortless performance in the role of a poor boy who has to make the difficult choice between his personal goal and his family responsibilities.
[16]
1986
(34th)
Aniket SenguptaKanu Phera Bengali
For his lively and poignant portrayal of a young boy who brings new faith and meaning to the life of an aged artiste.
[17]
1987
(35th)
Manjunath SwamySwamyHindi
For his utterly charming and delightful portrayal of a young school going village boy who is combination of innocence and mischief, pointing to the inherent natural wisdom of the young.
[18]
1988
(36th)
Shafiq Syed Krishna
(Chipau)
Salaam Bombay! Hindi
For the natural ease with which he has portrayed a slum child.
[19]
1989
(37th)
Mrinmayee ChandorkarChhakuli Kalat Nakalat Marathi
For her innocent and spontaneous portrayal.
[20]
1990
(38th)
Shamili Anjali Anjali Tamil
For giving excellent performances in which the children come across in all naturalness and yet give a glimpse of the adult within.
[21]
Tarun Arjun
ShruthiAnu
1991
(39th)
Santhosh Reddy Bhadram Koduko Telugu
For giving a natural performance of a street-smart child.
[22]
1992
(40th)
Amit PhalkeMujhse Dosti KarogeHindi
For the sheer joy and versatility he brings to the portrayal of a lovable lad lost in his own dream world.
[23]
1993
(41st)
Tarasankar MisraLavanya Preethi Oriya
For depicting successfully the process of growing up from childhood to adolescence and the first awareness of sexuality.
[24]
1994
(42nd)
Vijay Raghavendra Kotresha Kotreshi Kanasu Kannada
For his portrayal of bright little boy who is a social outcast. He wins your heart with his soft and endearing mannerisms.
[25]
1995
(43rd)
VishwasMurthy Kraurya Kannada
For his sensitive portrayal of a child, traumatised in an adult world devoid of love and understanding.
[26]
1996
(44th)
Annapareddy KavyaBunny Little Soldiers Telugu
For her excellent performance.
[27]
KumarParameswaran
(Pachu)
Desadanam Malayalam
For his excellent performance.
1997
(45th)
DhanrajDhannaHindi
For actor's natural portrayal of a disabled person. His curiosity and interests make him turn from a social outcaste into a self-learning member of community.
[28]
1998
(46th)
P. Shwetha Malli Malli Tamil
For her infectious and vibrant performance of a young child's pure bonding with nature and her trauma at the decadence in environment.
[29]
1999
(47th)
Aswin Thampy Jalamarmaram Malayalam
For essaying the innocent faith of a child in the existence of a mermaid, and his confident strides to provide it with a safe environment.
[30]
2000
(48th)
Udayaraj Balasubramaniam
(Pulli)
Nila Kaalam Tamil
For his portrayal of Pulli in the film. Pulli is a very young orphan who works in a motor garage in chennai. The jury applauds the way in which Master Udayaraj brings out both the innocence and street-smartness of Pulli, with a combination of energy and spontaneity.
[31]
2001
(49th)
P. Shwetha Kannamma
(Kutty)
Kutty Tamil
For her subdued portrayal of Kutty, a young girl made to suffer the agonies of social disparity and human exploitation.
[32]
2002
(50th)
Shweta Prasad  Chunni
 Munni
Makdee Hindi
For her spontaneous and lively portrayal of twin sisters.
[33]
P. S. Keerthana Amudha Kannathil Muthamittal Tamil
For her heart vending portrayal of a girl in search of her mother.
2003
(51st)
Ashwin Chitale Parashuram Vichare Shwaas Marathi
For his haunting performance as a child who realises he is going to lose his eyesight.
[34]
Kalidas Jayaram Vasudev Ente Veedu Appoontem Malayalam
For his versatility in portraying a range of complex emotions.
2004
(52nd)
Om BhutkarChhota SipahiHindi
For his gradual evolution from a naïve innocent young child to a patriot in the liberation movement of Goa.
[35]
2005
(53rd)
Sai Kumar Bommalata Telugu
For his haunting performance as a child who realises his burning desire to access school education.
[36]
2006
(54th)
Divya ChaphadkarAntarnad Konkani
For evoking the complex emotions of a talented child overshadowed by a celebrity mother.
[37]
2007
(55th)
Sharad Goekar Tingya Marathi
For covering the range from tenderness to angry defiance with consummate ease, while portraying Tingya, a boy whose love for his ox is the driving force of his young life.
[38]
2008
(56th)
Shams PatelMunicipality Thanks Maa Hindi
For his very natural depiction of a street child thrown into an unusual situation.
[39]
2009
(57th)
Kishore Anbukkarasu Pasanga Tamil
For the spirited performance of a protagonist and an antagonist who are incomplete without each other. The two young shoulders carry the narrative through a delightful journey.
[40]
Sree Raam Jeeva Nithyanandham
2010
(58th)
Harsh Mayar Chotu
(Kalam)
I Am Kalam Hindi
For performing with bright, shining eyes and an urchin smile, the razor sharp spirit of a survivor who dreams of excelling.
[41]
Shantanu RanganekarChampionsMarathi
For two brothers bonded by blood and responsibility battling for survival in the underbelly of a heartless city.
Machindra Gadkar
Vivek Chabukswar Baboo Band Baaja Marathi
For capturing the indomitable spirit of a young village boy who is hungry to learn in an environment that closes all doors on him.
2011
(59th)
Partho Gupte Stanley Fernandes Stanley Ka Dabba Hindi
For demonstrating a rare maturity in his performance as he conveys his interiority. His expressive face and an obvious ability to understand the complex role of a child who invents a harrowing double life, make him an outstanding child artiste.
[42]
Irrfan KhanFatka Chillar Party Hindi
For performing its roles extremely well with a refreshing and credible on-screen innocence. The roles were difficult as the children not only had to rise to the challenge of interacting with one other as a gang of young kids who have to battle against a universe of adults, but also to develop their own characters, which required both humour and pathos. They played out the comic sequences with impeccable timing.
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2012
(60th)
Virendra PratapGhumroo Dekh Indian Circus Hindi
Unaffected and natural to the core, the child actor looks totally at home in the role of a playful yet responsible youngster.
[43]
Minon Anilkumar Bokaro 101 Chodyangal Malayalam
A precocious child pushed into the vortex of his struggling family, the actor has displayed consummate artistry
2013
(61st)
Somnath AvghadeJambuvant Kachru Mane
(Jabya)
Fandry Marathi
For playing the role of a Dalit teenager to perfection. His angst clearly boils over as the realities of life dawn upon him.
[44]
SadhanaChellamma Thanga Meenkal Tamil
For playing the part of a dyslexic child with sensitivity and exuberance and yet with ease.
2014
(62nd)
J. VigneshPeriya Kaaka Muttai Kaaka Muttai Tamil
For their portrayal of inseparable siblings living in a slum who innocently struggle with rare dignity to acquire what attracts them in this vast market of products unleashed by a liberal economy only to realise the harsh reality of invincible class boundaries.
[45]
RameshChinna Kaaka Muttai
2015
(63rd)
Gourav Menon BenBenMalayalam
For an outstanding performance on a wide spectrum of emotions, of a boy going through great turmoil.
[46]
2016
(64th)
Adish PraveenJoseph / Ousepachan Kunju Daivam Malayalam
He wears purity and innocence on his sleeves.
[47]
Noor IslamChhotu Sahaj Paather Gappo Bengali
The eternal and unique way of approaching life through their extraordinary performances.
Samiul AlamGopal
Manohara K.Jollu Railway Children Kannada
A childlike impulsiveness coated with the desire of attaining adulthood.
2017
(65th)
Bhanita DasDhunu Village Rockstars Assamese 
2018
(66th)
P. V. RohithSameera Ondalla Eradalla Kannada
For impishly manoeuvering through a series of events, while staying focused on his character.
[48]
Sameep Singh Young Harjeet Singh Harjeeta Punjabi
For effectively depicting the struggle of a hockey player to rise from his rural roots.
Talha Ahmed ReshiHamid Hamid Urdu
For the poise in the character depicting a range of emotions.
Shrinivas PokhaleChaitanya Bhosale
(Chaitya)
Naal Marathi
For performing effortlessly through complicated emotions.

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