28th National Film Awards

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28th National Film Awards
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28th National Film Awards
Awarded for Best of Indian cinema in 1980
Presented by Directorate of Film Festivals
Presented on April 1981 (1981-04)
Official website dff.nic.in
Highlights
Best Feature Film Akaler Shandhaney
Most awards Akaler Shandhaney and Oppol (4)
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The 28th National Film Awards, presented by Directorate of Film Festivals, the organization set up by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, India to felicitate the best of Indian Cinema released in the year 1980.[1][2] Ceremony took place in April 1981.

Juries[edit]

Two different committees were formed for feature films and short films, headed by V. Shantaram and B. D. Garga respectively.[1][2]

  • Jury Members: Short Films
    • B. D. Garga (Chairperson) • Utpal K. Banerjee • P. D. P. Rao

Awards[edit]

Awards were divided into feature films and non-feature films.

Lifetime Achievement Award[edit]

Name of Award Awardee(s) Awarded As Awards
Dadasaheb Phalke Award P. Jairaj Actor and Director Swarna Kamal, INR40,000 and a Shawl

Feature films[edit]

Feature films were awarded at All India as well as regional level. For 28th National Film Awards, a Bengali film, Akaler Shandhaney won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film also winning the maximum number of awards (four), along with a Malayalam film, Oppol. Following were the awards given in each category:[1][2]

All India Award[edit]

Following were the awards given:[1][2]

Name of Award Name of Film Language Awardee(s) Cash Prize
Best Feature Film Akaler Shandhaney Bengali Producer: Dhiresh Kumar Chakraborty Swarna Kamal and INR50,000/-
Director: Mrinal Sen Swarna Kamal and INR25,000/-
Citation: For brilliantly recreating the tragedy of the 1943 Bengal famine and focussing on the disturbing continuity of the conditions which created it, for the cinematic excellence of the film which explores human experience at the different levels and for the consummate artistry with which the complexity of the social-economic situation is fused into a poignant statement.
Second Best Feature Film Oppol Malayalam Producer: Rosamma George Rajat Kamal and INR30,000/-
Director: K. S. Sethumadhavan Rajat Kamal and INR15,000/-
Citation: For boldly presenting a woman's love for her illegitimate child, for sensitive handling of complex situations, and for offering social acceptability to the mother and child, thereby giving a new perspective to the values prevalent body.
Best Feature Film on National Integration Bhavni Bhavai Gujarati Producer: Sanchar Film Cooperative Society Ltd. Rajat Kamal and INR30,000/-
Director: Ketan Mehta Rajat Kamal and INR15,000/-
Citation: For tracing the history of social evil of untouchability through popular folk drama form, for synthesizing diverse performing arts into socially relevant communication, for depicting the untouchable's fight for their rights.
Best Debut Film of A Director Maina Tadanta Bengali Utpalendu Chakrabarty Rajat Kamal and INR10,000/-
Citation: For depicting with realistic vigor the exploitation perpetrated on the tribal and the landless, for portraying the spirited fight of the downtrodden and for showing great maturity in the conception and presentation of the theme in this maiden venture.
Best Direction Akaler Shandhaney Bengali Mrinal Sen Rajat Kamal and INR20,000/-
Citation: For exploring the inevitable conflict between urban and rural cultures, for displaying in almost every sequence masterly handling and complete command over the medium.
Best Screenplay Akaler Shandhaney Bengali Mrinal Sen Rajat Kamal and INR10,000/-
Citation: For effectively combining the terse and pithy dialogue with creation of well-defined, lively characters to convey a poignant story which leaves a lasting impression.
Best Actor Oppol Malayalam Balan K. Nair Rajat Kamal and INR10,000/-
Citation: For extremely virile and sensitive portrayal of a man who is constantly puzzled by the behavior of his wife, for conveying the flashes of anger and frustration he suffers and depicting ultimate acceptance of his wife's past with mellowed tenderness which reveals the virtuosity of a great artist.
Best Actress Chakra Hindi Smita Patil Rajat Kamal and INR10,000/-
Citation: For a steering role as a middle-aged woman from the slums of Bombay, for depicting her stoic acceptance of an unkind fate and at the same time continuing to dream of a better future, which never arrives, with profound expressiveness and brilliant dialogue delivery.
Best Child Artist Oppol Malayalam Aravind Rajat Kamal and INR5,000/-
Citation: For portraying the complex role of a lonely child who is a victim of social ostracization for no fault of his own, for bringing out the terrible emotional trauma with little dialogue and a superb economy of gesture.
Best Cinematography (Color) Nenjathai Killathe Tamil Ashok Kumar Rajat Kamal and INR10,000/-
Citation: For brilliantly creating salient features of each character with the help of superb camera control and effective use of lighting and for significantly contributing to the mood of the film.
Best Cinematography (Black and White) Yagam Malayalam Sivan Rajat Kamal and INR5,000/-
Citation: For depicting the grim and tense mood of the film, admirably depicting mellowed moments in the film with charm.
Best Audiography Nenjathai Killathe Tamil S. P. Ramanathan Rajat Kamal and INR7,500/-
Citation: For a highly sensitive use of sound to capture perfectly the rhythm and mood of each sequence.
Best Editing Akaler Shandhaney Bengali Gangadhar Naskar Rajat Kamal and INR7,500/-
Citation: For a sensitive use of images, for gradually building up the tempo of the film in a well-knit pattern; for never permitting a slackening of pace and for underlining the whole film with a subdued sense of drama.
Best Art Direction Bhavni Bhavai Gujarati Meera Lakhia Rajat Kamal and INR7,500/-
Citation: For perfectly creating the glamour of the royal palace juxtaposed with the grim austerity of hutments, for successfully providing a period touch down to the smallest details, for providing a stamp of authenticity to the film.
Best Music Direction Hirak Rajar Deshe Bengali Satyajit Ray Rajat Kamal and INR10,000/-
Citation: For brilliant experimentation with different forms and modes of Indian music and for creating a mood of fantasy in a pleasing and harmonious style.
Best Male Playback Singer Hirak Rajar Deshe Bengali Anup Ghoshal Rajat Kamal and INR10,000/-
Citation: For a wonderful range of voice and the sense of rhythm imparted to the songs rendered, by him.
Best Female Playback Singer Oppol
("Ettumanoor Ambalathil Ezhunnallathu")
Malayalam S. Janaki Rajat Kamal and INR10,000/-
Citation: For the serenity and pathos with which each rendering is imbued and for adding a new dimension to the theme of the film.

Regional Award[edit]

The awards were given to the best films made in the regional languages of India. For feature films in English, Gujarati, Kannada, Kashmiri, Manipuri, Marathi and Oriya language, award for Best Feature Film was not given.[1][2]

Name of Award Name of Film Awardee(s) Awards
Best Feature Film in Assamese Anirban Producer: Preeti Saikia Rajat Kamal and INR15,000/-
Director: Bhabendra Nath Saikia Rajat Kamal and INR7,500/-
Citation: For depicting man's attachment to life through the story of an unfortunate married couple, through severe agony and funeral pyres, for providing a touch of realism by a delicate representation of a piece of lower middle class existence.
Best Feature Film in Bengali Hirak Rajar Deshe Producer: Information and Cultural Affairs Department, Government of West Bengal Rajat Kamal and INR15,000/-
Director: Satyajit Ray Rajat Kamal and INR7,500/-
Citation: For an allegorical representation of the victory of good over evil, embellished by superb acting and haunting music.
Best Feature Film in Hindi Aakrosh Producer: Devi Dutt Rajat Kamal and INR15,000/-
Director: Govind Nihalani Rajat Kamal and INR7,500/-
Citation: For its severe indictment of an establishment and a society that permits injustice, for presenting a bold theme in a cinematic style which makes it both socially and aesthetically significant.
Best Feature Film in Malayalam Yagam Producer: B. Chandramani Bai Rajat Kamal and INR15,000/-
Director: Jabbar Patel Rajat Kamal and INR7,500/-
Citation: For presenting dilemma of romantic revolutionary who understands the futility of his misadventure at the cost of some rare moments of happiness, for successfully building up the sense of impending doom underlining the human relationships throughout the film.
Best Feature Film in Punjabi Chann Pardesi Producer: Swarn Sedha, Baldev Gill And J. S. Cheema Rajat Kamal and INR15,000/-
Director: Chitrartha Singh Rajat Kamal and INR7,500/-
Citation: For presenting a story of human passion in cinematic terms, representing a departure from the usual trends prevalent in Punjabi cinema.
Best Feature Film in Tamil Nenjathai Killathe Producer: K. Rajgopal Chetty Rajat Kamal and INR15,000/-
Director: J. Mahendran Rajat Kamal and INR7,500/-
Citation: For artistically portraying the gradual development of a girl from adolescence to womanhood, for depicting in a gentle moving narrative her emotional suffering and how she overcomes them.
Best Feature Film in Telugu Harischandrudu Producer: U. D. Murali Krishna Rajat Kamal and INR15,000/-
Director: U. Visweswara Rao Rajat Kamal and INR7,500/-
Citation: For an exposure of the maneuverings and misdeeds of politicians and for contributing significantly to the development of political cinema in India.

Non-Feature films[edit]

Following were the awards given:[1][2]

Name of Award Name of Film Language Awardee(s) Cash Prize
Best Information Film Daldal Hindi Producer: Krystyna Khote
Director: Pradeep Dixit
Rajat Kamal and INR5,000/- Each
Citation: For powerful indictment of a social malaise-bonded labor-very sensitively handled and well researched.
Best Educational / Instructional Film Mariculture English Producer: Films Division
Director: C. J. Paulose
Rajat Kamal and INR5,000/- Each
Citation: For diligent research and meticulous execution.
Best Promotional Film Oil Offshore English Producer: Prem Prakash
Director: Satya Prakash
Rajat Kamal and INR5,000/- Each
Citation: For visual excitement and controlled handling of a difficult subject.
Best Experimental Film Arrival English Producer: Films Division
Director: Mani Kaul
Rajat Kamal and INR5,000/- Each
Citation: For searing imagery and outstanding soundtrack.
Best Newsreel Cameraman Tragedy of Gendi
(Indian News Review No. 1657)
English Mahesh Pratap Sinha and Rajgopal Rao Rajat Kamal and INR5,000/-
Citation: For displaying a keen news sense.
Best News Review News Magazine No. 3
(Day of the Dark Sun)
English Films Division Rajat Kamal and INR5,000/-
Citation: For capturing the high drama of an historic event - the total solar eclipse.
Special Jury Award The Chola Heritage English Producer and Director: Adoor Gopalakrishnan Certificate only
Citation: For its outstanding photography of the Chola sculpture.
Pampa English Producer: Films Division
Director: P. C. Sharma
Citation: For its sensitive handling of a purposeful theme, encouraging initiative as a child.

Awards not given[edit]

Following were the awards not given as no film was found to be suitable for the award:[1][2]

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