National Film Award for Best Investigative Film

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National Film Award for Best Investigative Film
award for contributions to short film
Sponsored by Directorate of Film Festivals
Reward(s)
  • Rajat Kamal (Silver Lotus)
  • 50,000 (US$700)
First awarded1990
Last awarded2017
Most recent winner1984, When the Sun Didn't Rise
Highlights
Total awarded25
First winnerUna Mitran Di Yaad Pyaari (In Memory of Friends)

The National Film Award for Best Investigative Film 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 non-feature films and awarded with Rajat Kamal (Silver Lotus).

Contents

The award was instituted in 1990, at 38th National Film Awards and awarded annually for short films produced in the year across the country, in all Indian languages.

Winners

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

List of films, showing the year, language(s), producer(s), director(s) and citation
YearFilm(s)Language(s)Producer(s)Director(s)CitationRefs.
1990
(38th)
Una Mitran Di Yaad Pyaari
(In Memory of Friends)
 English
  Hindi
  Punjabi
Anand Patwardhan Anand Patwardhan
For the ardent pursuit of truth in an explosive contemporary atmosphere, with objectivity, courage and lucidity.
[1]
1991
(39th)
Bhagirathi Ki PukaarHindi Anwar Jamal Anwar Jamal
For the in-depth analysis of the impact of proposed Tehri Dam on the environment and the people affected by it.
[2]
1992
(40th)
Ram ke Naam Hindi Anand Patwardhan Anand Patwardhan
For a skilfully made film on a major problem of the times; the communal divide and rise of militant Hindutva groups that led to demolition of Babri Mosque
[3]
1993
(41st)
Benefit For Whom at Whose Cost?EnglishDinesh LakhanpalDinesh Lakhanpal
For a well researched and detailed investigation of the fears and tribulations of the people living under the looming shadow of a long-delayed multipurpose hydel project.
[4]
1994
(42nd)
Father, Son and Holy War (Part I – Trial by Fire, Part II – Hero Pharmacy)  Hindi
 English
Anand Patwardhan Anand Patwardhan
For probing beyond the objective, in its pursuit of insights, allowing even the unexpected to suggest the oblique.
[5]
1995
(43rd)
Limit to FreedomEnglishDeepak RoyDeepak Roy
For depicting the miserable plight of women prisoners and their bleak protests for any future.
[6]
1996
(44th)
N. M. No. 309 Bhiwandi TragedyEnglishYash ChowdharyV. Packiri Swamy
For the exploration of the issue of health hazards faced by migrant industrial workers.
[7]
1997
(45th)
ThirstHindiY. N. Engineer for Films Division Swadesh Pathak for Films Division
For a hard hitting indictment of the realities of water resource mismanagement in rural India.
[8]
1998
(46th)
Saga of Darkness Bengali Creative ImageGautam Sen
For its courageous expose of an inhuman practice and state apathy.
[9]
1999
(47th)
No Award [10]
2000
(48th)
Wearing the faceEnglishBankim for Films DivisionJoshy Joseph for Films Division
For insight-fully and sensitively probing the masked lives of college students of Manipur, who are compelled by socio-political circumstances to pull rickshaws for their livelihood.
[11]
2001
(49th)
Kalahandi  Oriya
 English
Soudamini Mishra Gautam Ghose
For its courageous expose of endemic poverty in the backward region of Orissa and the state's apathy to it.
[12]
2002
(50th)
No Award [13]
2003
(51st)
A Silent KillerEnglishDhananjoy MondalDhananjoy Mondal
The film is a forceful statement on the disastrous consequences of millions of people drinking water contaminated with "arsenic". In a simple but effective manner, the filmmaker explores and then brings out the enormity of the problem.
[14]
2004
(52nd)
Harvest of Hunger English
 Oriya
Action Aid IndiaRupashree Nanda
For portraying the apathy and the hardships of drought effected villagers from Bolangir District, and their struggle to survive under an atmosphere of compulsive exploitation in excellent investigative and poignant style.
[15]
2005
(53rd)
The Whistle BlowersEnglish Rajiv Mehrotra Umesh Aggarwal
For a small film with a big impact! In the best traditions of Investigative reportage, the film highlights the burning issue of hazards to health and pollution norms.
[16]
2006
(54th)
Mere Desh Ki DhartiHindi Rajiv Mehrotra Sumit Khanna
For exploring in depth the problem of falling agro-production and poisoning of the food chain due to use of chemical fertilizers and chemical pesticides.
[17]
2007
(55th)
The Journalist and a JihadiEnglish Romesh Sharma   Romesh Sharma
 Ahmad Jamal
For trying to uncover the sequence of events that led to the gruesome murder of the Wall-street journalist, Daniel Pearl. This film is very well researched and the investigation provides an insight into the working of a militant organisation.
[18]
2008
(56th)
Distant RumblingsEnglishMs. RongsenkalaBani Prakash Das
For evoking painful memories of World War II as experienced by people of North East India, after the Japanese invasion. Through war wreckages found in the jungles and first person accounts, the film stitches together a moving story of affected families long forgotten.
[19]
2009
(57th)
No Award [20]
2010
(58th)
A Pestering Journey   Malayalam
 Punjabi
 Hindi
 English
  Tulu
Ranjini KrishnanK. R. Manoj
For the pet detective in a reverse act, an emotive documentary exposing not only stories of cruel impact of pest control on human health but also arrests out attention to a more fundamental question – who is a pest ?.
[21]
2011
(59th)
Cotton for My ShroudEnglishKavita Bahl Nandan Saxena
 Kavita Bahl
For exposing the growing apathy of the state, the tightening grip of multinationals and the web created by middlemen and moneylenders towards small cotton growing farmers in Vidarbha. The film successfully investigates the vicious trap of debts, deceptions and suicides.
[22]
2012
(60th)
Inshallah, Kashmir English Ashvin Kumar Ashvin Kumar
For unflinchingly and boldly stepping into unearthing the truth about Kashmir. A passionate inquiry connecting with the people, discovering what is called 'Kashmiriyat' and at the same time exposing the role the state, police and army have played in alienating them from India.
[23]
2013
(61st)
Katiyabaaz  Hindi
  Urdu
 English
Globalistan Films Pvt. Ltd. Deepti Kakkar
 Fahad Mustafa
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.
[24]
2014
(62nd)
Phum ShangFilms Division Haobam Paban Kumar
For its quiet and fair-hearted investigation of the fishermen communities and their floating dwellings on Loktak Lake, Manipur, even as government agencies and conservationists struggle to save the lake.
[25]
2015
(63rd)
Tezpur 1962EnglishFilms DivisionSamujjal Kashyap
Lost in the mist of time – an attempt to trace the untold...
[26]
2016
(64th)
PlaceboEnglishArchana FadkeAbhay Kumar
An important and intelligently crafted film that investigates the malaise plaguing one of India's premiere educational institutions, showing us a mirror of our times.
[27]
2017
(65th)
1984, When the Sun Didn't Rise Teenaa Kaur Pasricha Teenaa Kaur Pasricha
A determined effort of a filmmaker to come to terms with a disturbing event in history.
2018
(66th)
Amoli Culture Machine Media Pvt. Ltd.  Jasmine Kaur Roy
  Avinash Roy
For its gritty examination of why and how young girls are coerced into commercial sex work, destroying their lives and minds, and for depicting their courage to survive.

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