31st National Film Awards

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31st National Film Awards
Awarded for Best of Indian cinema in 1983
Awarded by Prime Minister of India
(Indira Gandhi)
Presented by Directorate of Film Festivals
Presented on June 1984 (1984-06)
Official website dff.nic.in
Highlights
Best Feature Film Adi Shankaracharya
Most awards Adi Shankaracharya (4)
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The 31st 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 1983.[1][2] Ceremony took place in June 1984 and awards were given by then Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi.

Juries[edit]

Three different committees were formed for feature films, short films and books on cinema, headed by veteran director K. Balachander, S. Krishnaswamy and Justice G. D. Khosla respectively.[1][2]

  • Jury Members: Books on Cinema

Awards[edit]

Awards were divided into feature films, non-feature films and books written on Indian cinema.

Lifetime Achievement Award[edit]

Name of Award Awardee(s) Awarded As Awards
Dadasaheb Phalke Award Durga Khote Actor and Film producer Swarna Kamal, INR40,000 and a Shawl

Feature films[edit]

Feature films were awarded at All India as well as regional level. For 31st National Film Awards, a Sanskrit film, Adi Shankaracharya won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film also winning the maximum number of awards (four). 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 Adi Shankaracharya Sanskrit Producer: NFDC Swarna Kamal and INR50,000/-
Director: G. V. Iyer Swarna Kamal and INR25,000/-
Citation: For its dedication, depth and power and the impressive skill with which it captures the Indian philosophical tradition.
Second Best Feature Film Maya Miriga Oriya Producer: NFDC Rajat Kamal and INR30,000/-
Director: Nirad N. Mohapatra Rajat Kamal and INR15,000/-
Citation: For the sensitivity and compassion with which it depicts an aspect of middle class reality and its restrained and intelligent observation of people.
Best Feature Film on National Integration Sookha Hindi Producer: M. S. Sathyu Rajat Kamal and INR30,000/-
Director: M. S. Sathyu Rajat Kamal and INR15,000/-
Citation: For its sincerity in the portrayal of basic human values that unify mankind.
Best Children's Film Bhombal Sardar Bengali Producer: Government of West Bengal Swarna Kamal and INR20,000/-
Director: Nripen Ganguly Rajat Kamal and INR20,000/-
Citation: For its lively and lyrical description of a world seen through the eyes of a boy.
Best Debut Film of A Director Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro Hindi Kundan Shah Rajat Kamal and INR10,000/-
Citation: For its treatment of contemporary theme with wit and humour.
Best Direction Khandhar Hindi Mrinal Sen Rajat Kamal only
Citation: For its subtle blending of nostalgia and contemporary social comment and the powerful visual exploration of the theme.
Best Screenplay Adi Shankaracharya Sanskrit G. V. Iyer Rajat Kamal and INR10,000/-
Citation: For its rich texture, lyricism and cinematic elegance in its presentation of Shankaracharya as an embodiment of greatness.
Best Actor Ardh Satya Hindi Om Puri Rajat Kamal and INR10,000/-
Citation: For his authentic portrayal of the inner conflicts of a conscientious police officer.
Best Actress Khandhar Hindi Shabana Azmi Rajat Kamal and INR10,000/-
Citation: For the sensitivity with which she captures the tragic loneliness of the character of Jamini.
Best Child Artist Malamukalile Daivam Malayalam Master Suresh Rajat Kamal and INR5,000/-
Citation: For lively depiction of a wide range of emotions of a tribal lad.
Best Cinematography (Color) Adi Shankaracharya Sanskrit Madhu Ambat Rajat Kamal and INR10,000/-
Citation: For succeeding in capturing visually the spirit of the theme.
Best Cinematography (Black and White) Neeraba Jhada Oriya B. Bindhani and Raj Shekhar Rajat Kamal and INR10,000/-
Citation: For recording the stark realities of rural life in austere images.
Best Audiography Adi Shankaracharya Sanskrit S. P. Ramanathan Rajat Kamal and INR10,000/-
Citation: For the deft handling of the sound track to blend with the film's mood.
Best Editing Khandhar Hindi Mrinmoy Chakraborty Rajat Kamal and INR10,000/-
Citation: For his work which gives the film its structure, rhythm and brooding quality.
Best Art Direction Mandi Hindi Nitish Roy Rajat Kamal and INR10,000/-
Citation: For the inventive creation of a backdrop which admirably complemented the varying moods of the film.
Best Music Direction Saagara Sangamam Telugu Ilaiyaraaja Rajat Kamal and INR10,000/-
Citation: For his lively, rich and vigorous recreation of traditional music composition and inventive musical ideas adapted to the visual demands of drama.
Best Male Playback Singer Saagara Sangamam Telugu S. P. Balasubrahmanyam Rajat Kamal and INR10,000/-
Citation: For his resonant and technically rich rendering of musical forms to enhance dramatic impact.
Best Female Playback Singer M. L. A. Yedukondalu
("Yendho Beeda Vaade Gopaludu")
Telugu P. Susheela Rajat Kamal and INR10,000/-
Citation: For her fine flight of voice in the endearing of Gopal's magical childhood in the song "Gopaludu" from the film.
Special Jury Award Nokkukuthi Malayalam Mankada Ravi Varma Rajat Kamal and INR5,000/-
Citation: For successfully using a unique idiom to recreate a folk legend through dance and poetry.
Tarang Hindi Kumar Shahani Certificate Only

Regional Award[edit]

The awards were given to the best films made in the regional languages of India. For feature films in English, Gujarati, Kashmiri and Punjabi 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 Alokar Ahban Producer: Do-Re-Me Films Rajat Kamal and INR15,000/-
Director: Kamal Hazarika Rajat Kamal and INR7,500/-
Citation: For a realistic presentation of the theme of rural co-operatives in the handloom industry of Assam.
Best Feature Film in Bengali Vasundhra Producer: Sanjukta Films Rajat Kamal and INR15,000/-
Director: Sekhar Chatterjee Rajat Kamal and INR7,500/-
Citation: For its sincere attempt to depict the struggle against social injustice.
Best Feature Film in Hindi Ardh Satya Producer: Manmohan Shetty and Pradeep Uppoor Rajat Kamal and INR15,000/-
Director: Govind Nihalani Rajat Kamal and INR7,500/-
Citation: For its powerful exploration of a labyrinthine socio-political situation.
Best Feature Film in Kannada Banker Margayya Producer: T. S. Narasimhan and B. S. Somasundar Rajat Kamal and INR15,000/-
Director: T. S. Nagabharana Rajat Kamal and INR7,500/-
Citation: For a faithful and effective rendering of a classic Indian novel into the medium of cinema.
Best Feature Film in Malayalam Malamukalile Daivam Producer: Surya Mudra Films Rajat Kamal and INR15,000/-
Director: P. N. Menon Rajat Kamal and INR7,500/-
Citation: For the courageous effort to present the cause of tribals and their efforts to join the national mainstream.
Best Feature Film in Manipuri Sanakeithel Producer: Th. Doren Rajat Kamal and INR15,000/-
Director: M. A. Singh Rajat Kamal and INR7,500/-
Citation: For the sympathetic portrayal of a human relationship in the context of a social tragedy.
Best Feature Film in Marathi Smruti Chitre Producer: Vinayak Chaskar Rajat Kamal and INR15,000/-
Director: Vijaya Mehta Rajat Kamal and INR7,500/-
Citation: For its compassionate portrayal of an early woman writer and its compelling study of a tormented soul coming to terms with her social condition.
Best Feature Film in Oriya Neeraba Jhada Producer: Manmohan Mahapatra Rajat Kamal and INR15,000/-
Director: Manmohan Mahapatra Rajat Kamal and INR7,500/-
Citation: For sensitive narration of the looming tragedy of an uprooted rural community.
Best Feature Film in Tamil Oru Indhiya Kanavu Producer: T. P. Varadarajan and Vijayalakshmi Desikan Rajat Kamal and INR15,000/-
Director: Komal Swaminathan Rajat Kamal and INR7,500/-
Citation: For its honesty of purpose to articulate the cause of tribal welfare.
Best Feature Film in Telugu Rangula Kala Producer: K. Venkateswara Rao Rajat Kamal and INR15,000/-
Director: B. Narsing Rao Rajat Kamal and INR7,500/-
Citation: For a vivid portrayal of urban life as seen by a sensitive painter in search of his identification with the masses.

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 The Procession English Producer: Aurora Films Corporation
Director: Anjan Bose
Rajat Kamal and INR5,000/- Each
Citation: For portraying the innocence of the Indian villager and making a political comment, with telling images of evocative sensitivity that needs no words.
Best Educational / Instructional Film Oval Crop English Producer: Radha Narayanan
Director: Mohi-ud-Din Mirza
Rajat Kamal and INR5,000/- Each
Citation: For its qualities of technical excellence combined with the precision of content so vital to making an instructional film which sustains the interests of an audience even with its mundane subject matter.
Best Promotional Film Ekta Aur Anushasan Hindi Producer: K. S. Kulkarni
Director: S. K. Sharma
Rajat Kamal and INR5,000/- Each
Citation: For its exuberant youthful energy, bringing forth of a sense of pride in the National Cadet Corps, with an enthusiasm for National Integration without falling into cliches.
Best Experimental Film The Clown and The Dog Hindi Producer: Film and Television Institute of India
Director: Sunny Joseph
Rajat Kamal and INR5,000/- Each
Citation: For its attempt to unfold the intellectual yearnings of youth for freedom if thought and action, interpreted in a brilliantly photographed stylised form.
Best Animation Film Fire Games English Producer: Ranabir Ray
Director: Ram Mohan
Animator: Naik Satam and Bapu Parulekar
Rajat Kamal and INR5,000/- Each
Citation: For a highly professional standard of animation conceived and executed with great finese.
A Race With Death English Producer: B. R. Shedge
Director: Yash Choudhary
Animator: V. G. Samant and V. K. Wankhede
Rajat Kamal and INR5,000/- Each
Citation: For using media of animation with much skill for easy communication to any audience group - rural or urban.
Best Newsreel Cameraman Tragedy of Gendi
(Indian News Review No. 1799)
English C. Ramani, Uday Shankar and S. L. Prasad Rajat Kamal and INR5,000/-
Citation: For their well planned team work (in Indian News Review No. 1799) covering the scientific, technical, ceremonious and human aspects of a great event of national importance recording sensitive emotions of expectation and fulfilment during the launching of SLV-3.
Best News Film Shelter English Film and Television Institute of India Rajat Kamal and INR5,000/-
Citation: For its brave and sympathetic visual coverage and journalistic report of a controversial issue affecting the lives of the pavement dwellers of Bombay.
Special Jury Award Jalshakti Hindi Producer: National Institute of Design
Director: I. S. Mathur
Certificate only
Thalam Malayalam Producer: Kerala State Film Development Corporation
Director: Joy Mathew
Energy-Merry-Go-Round English Producer: National Institute of Design
Veer Savarkar
(Biographical Film)
Marathi
Handling Fuel Oils Fission Power 306 Rejuvenation
(Scientific Film)
English
Against Current Exploration Antartica
(Exploration Film)
English
 • Cobra - The Snake God
 • Perumkaliattam
 • Leather Puppetry of Karnataka
 • Nishan
(Anthropological/Ethnographic Film)
 • English
 • Malayalam
 • English
 • Hindi
Two Men and an Ideal
(Historical Reconstruction Film)
English
 • Tambaccucha Samna
 • Bidaai
(Social Welfare)
 • Marathi
 • Hindi

Best Writing on Cinema[edit]

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

Name of Award Name of Book Language Awardee(s) Cash Prize
Best Book on Cinema Cinemayude Lokam Malayalam Author: Adoor Gopalakrishnan Rajat Kamal and INR5,000/-

Awards not given[edit]

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

References[edit]

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