National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment

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National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment
National award for contributions to Indian Cinema
Sponsored by Directorate of Film Festivals
Formerly called
  •  Best Feature Film with Mass Appeal, Wholesome Entertainment and Aesthetic Value (1974–1985)
  •  Best Film Providing Popular and Wholesome Entertainment (1986–1988)
Reward(s)
  • Swarna Kamal (Golden Lotus)
  • 200,000 (US$2,800)
First awarded1974
Last awarded2019
Most recent winner Maharshi
Highlights
Total awarded42
First winner Kora Kagaz
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The National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment is one of the National Film Awards presented annually by the Directorate of Film Festivals, India, and was constituted in the year 1975. This is one of the Golden Lotus Awards (Swarna Kamal) given among National Film Awards. It is announced for films produced in a year across the country, in all Indian languages.

Contents

Films in the following languages have won the Best Popular Feature Film award: Hindi (27 awards), Telugu (5 awards), Tamil (4 awards), Malayalam (3 awards), Bengali (2 awards), and Kannada (1 award).

Winners

Indicates a joint award for that year

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List of films, showing the year (award ceremony), language(s), producer(s), director(s) and citation
Year Film(s) Language(s) Producer(s) Director(s) Citation Refs.
1974
(22nd)
Kora Kagaz [lower-alpha 1] Hindi Sanat Kothari for Shreeji Films Anil Ganguly   [1]
1975
(23rd)
Tapasya Hindi Rajshri Productions Anil Ganguly   [2]
1976
(24th)
No Award [3]
1977
(25th)
Swami Hindi Jaya Charavarthy Basu Chatterjee
For a taut script, for restrained, mature and dignified performances (especially by Girish Karnad), for meticulous attention to detail, for maintaining the spirit of the original story and translating it into the film medium with effectiveness and grace, for giving an old theme a contemporary relevance, for providing that it is possible to make a film with popular appeal without surrendering psychological truth or artistic values.
[4]
1978
(26th)
Ganadevata Bengali  Department of Information and Cultural Affairs
  Government of West Bengal
Tarun Majumdar
For brilliant picturisation of modern literary classic. Like the novel, film succeeds in capturing a whole era in transition. Steering clear of both commercial vulgarisation and pretentiousness, the film uses all the cinematic, to effectively communicate to the masses.
[5]
1979
(27th)
Sankarabharanam Telugu Edida Nageswara Rao Kasinadhuni Viswanath
Powerful presentation of the teacher-student relationship, highlights the urgent need of revival of Indian classical music through a powerful protagonist. For a creative use of classical music as a metaphor for popular cinematic narrative and entertainment.
[6]
1980
(28th)
No Award [7]
1981
(29th)
No Award [8]
1982
(30th)
No Award [9]
1983
(31st)
No Award [10]
1984
(32nd)
Koni Bengali Government of West Bengal Saroj Dey   [11]
1985
(33rd)
No Award [12]
1986
(34th)
Samsaram Adhu Minsaram Tamil AVM Productions Visu
For its entertaining presentation of a complex contemporary social problem – the disintegration of the joint family.
[13]
1987
(35th)
Pushpaka Vimana Kannada   Singeetam Srinivasa Rao
  Shringar Nagaraj
Singeetam Srinivasa Rao
For its innovative approach to entertainment.
[14]
1988
(36th)
Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak Hindi Nasir Hussain Films Mansoor Khan
For presenting fresh and clean charm on celluloid with discerning imagination.
[15]
1989
(37th)
Chandni Hindi Yash Raj Films Yash Chopra
For providing clean and romantic entertainment illuminated with smooth performances and fresh lyrics in folk form.
[16]
Geethanjali Telugu Bhagyalakshmi Enterprises Mani Ratnam
For its innovative approach in depicting youthful passion.
1990
(38th)
Ghayal Hindi Dharmendra Rajkumar Santoshi
For being thematically highly credible, emotionally very well-woven, logically executed, and technically superb film.
[17]
1991
(39th)
No Award [18]
1992
(40th)
Sargam Malayalam Bhavani Hariharan
For its delighful rendering of a family saga into a heartwarming musical film.
[19]
1993
(41st)
Manichitrathazhu Malayalam Appachan Fazil
For handling an unusual subject of psychological aberration in a conservative society and the ultimate acceptance of a modern approach.
[20]
Darr Hindi Yash Chopra Yash Chopra
For its convincing presentation of the theme of love, which has been rendered complex by its relationship with past experiences of fear.
1994
(42nd)
Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! Hindi Rajshri Productions Sooraj R. Barjatya
For revolutionising mass entertainment in India with a family entertainer and a fantasy film that succeeds without recourse to familiar narrative idioms of violence.
[21]
1995
(43rd)
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge Hindi Yash Chopra Aditya Chopra
For providing meaningful family entertainment through a simple love story with kindness and sensitivity.
[22]
1996
(44th)
Maachis Hindi R. V. Pandit Gulzar
For powerful depiction of Punjab situation, exploring the trauma, conflict and tragedy of the youth in Punjab.
[23]
1997
(45th)
Dil To Pagal Hai Hindi Yash Chopra Yash Chopra
For its clean, fun-loving portrayal of young people in the film that moves effortlessly and avoids any signs of violence or vulgarity.
[24]
1998
(46th)
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai Hindi Yash Johar Karan Johar
For the irresistible charm and universal appeal of its story, music, dance and performances.
[25]
1999
(47th)
Sarfarosh Hindi John Matthew Matthan John Matthew Matthan
For its engrossing projection of an honest officer, who fights engineered subversion which fuels suspicion and sours relationship between two communities. A bold subject for the debut film of a director in mainstream cinema.
[26]
2000
(48th)
Vaanathaippola Tamil Venu Ravichandran Vikraman
For its sincere projection of the values of a joint family and the need to share good and difficult times together.
[27]
2001
(49th)
Lagaan Hindi Aamir Khan Ashutosh Gowariker
For showing the victory of the human spirit in the face of oppression and for the creative use of a Cricket game as a metaphor for both colonisation and nationalism.
[28]
2002
(50th)
Devdas Hindi Bharat Shah Sanjay Leela Bhansali
For its technical finesse and its modern reinterpretation of an enduring classic.
[29]
2003
(51st)
Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. Hindi Vidhu Vinod Chopra Rajkumar Hirani
For dealing with social issues with humour and compassion.
[30]
2004
(52nd)
Veer-Zaara Hindi Yash Raj Films Yash Chopra
For invoking a touching tale of love highlighting the importance of human relationship above man-made boundaries.
[31]
Autograph Tamil Cheran Cheran
For invoking nostalgia in a manner that is powerful yet poetic.
2005
(53rd)
Rang De Basanti Hindi   UTV Motion Pictures
 Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra Pictures
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
For creating popular appeal that captures the angst of the younger generation with compassion and imagination.
[32]
2006
(54th)
Lage Raho Munna Bhai Hindi Vidhu Vinod Chopra Rajkumar Hirani
For revalidating the philosophy of non-violence in a strife-torn world and helping rediscover the Gandhi within the common man.
[33]
2007
(55th)
Chak De! India Hindi Aditya Chopra Shimit Amin
For thoroughly entertaining the audience, making one proud to be an Indian. A masterpiece of inspired filmmaking.
[34]
2008
(56th)
Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! Hindi UTV Motion Pictures Dibakar Banerjee
For its intelligent treatment of an off-beat subject that makes it different within the popular format.
[35]
2009
(57th)
3 Idiots Hindi Vidhu Vinod Chopra Rajkumar Hirani
For an intelligent entertainer that touches upon the contemporary concerns of society with great humour and engaging performances.
[36]
2010
(58th)
Dabangg Hindi   Arbaaz Khan
  Malaika Arora Khan
  Dhillin Mehta
Abhinav Kashyap
For responding to the need of cinegoers for "mast" entertainment that is rooted in Indian soil.
[37]
2011
(59th)
Azhagarsamiyin Kuthirai Tamil P. Madhan Suseenthiran
For redefining conventional notions of modern entertainment and still gaining acceptance in the mainstream. The director boldly sets out to narrate a fable revolving around temple rituals within a completely realistic framework of farmers, politicians and the poor families of rural Tamil Nadu. His engagement with filmic language is as robust as the emotional graphs charted out by a massive ensemble of characters.
[38]
2012
(60th)
Vicky Donor Hindi   Sunil Lulla
  John Abraham
 Ronnie Lahiri
 Ram Mirchandani
Shoojit Sircar
A wholesome entertainer presented in a breezy and humorous fashion. The film-maker has deftly avoided falling into the beaten track of formula films by presenting the sensitive subject of sperm donation without pandering to the baser instincts of the average viewer.
[39]
Ustad Hotel Malayalam Listin Stephen Anwar Rasheed
An excellent advertisement for 'Desi Enterprise', the film conveys a strong message of seeking realization, compassion and contentment through service to the society at large!
2013
(61st)
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag Hindi Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
For retaining the story and values of a great sportsman and translating it into the cinematic medium with aplomb.
[40]
2014
(62nd)
Mary Kom Hindi Sanjay Leela Bhansali Omung Kumar
For an inspiring tale of a woman who becomes a national icon through her determined pursuit of sporting excellence..
[41]
2015
(63rd)
Bajrangi Bhaijaan Hindi   Salman Khan
  Rockline Venkatesh
Kabir Khan
For tackling an important social issue in the simple heart-warming & entertaining format.
[42]
2016
(64th)
Sathamanam Bhavati Telugu V. Venkata Ramana Reddy Satish Vegesna
In appreciation of providing a feeling of jubilation by respecting family values in an unexplored manner.
[43]
2017
(65th)
Baahubali 2: The Conclusion Telugu   Shobu Yarlagadda
  Prasad Devineni
S. S. Rajamouli  
2018
(66th)
Badhaai Ho Hindi Junglee Pictures Limited Amit Sharma
The film breaks the stereotype of middle age pregnancy through easy narrative, effective characterization and pithy dialogues.
[44]
2019
(67th)
Maharshi Telugu Sri Venkateswara Creations Vamshi Paidipally
The film showcases the farming in India and how farmers are lacking resources in the new-age world of technology
[45]

Explanatory notes

  1. Vijay Anand (Leading Actor) and Jaya Bhaduri (Leading Actress) were awarded with Medallion.

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