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50th National Film Awards
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50th National Film Awards
Awarded for Best of Indian cinema in 2002
Awarded by President of India
(Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam)
Presented by Directorate of Film Festivals
Announced on July 26, 2003 (2003-07-26)
Presented on December 29, 2003 (2003-12-29)
Official website dff.nic.in
Highlights
Best Feature Film Mondo Meyer Upakhyan
Best Non-Feature Film Narayan Gangaram Surve
Most awards Kannathil Muthamittal (6)
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The 50th 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 2002.[1][2]

Awards were announced by the committee headed by Prakash Jha, Rajiv Mehrotra and Uday Tara Nayar for the feature films, non-feature films and books written on Indian cinema, respectively, on July 26, 2003; whereas award ceremony took place on December 29, 2003[3] and awards were given away by then President of India, A. P. J. Abdul Kalam.

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 Dev Anand[4] Actor, Director and Producer Swarna Kamal, INR 1,00,000 and a Shawl

Feature Films[edit]

Feature films were awarded at All India as well as regional level. For 50th National Film Awards, a Bengali film, Mondo Meyer Upakhyan won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film; whereas a Tamil film, Kannathil Muthamittal won the maximum number of awards (6). Following were the awards given in each category:[1][2][5]

Juries[edit]

A committee headed by Prakash Jha was appointed to evaluate the feature films awards. Following were the jury members:[1][2]

All India Award[edit]

Following were the awards given:[1][2][5]

Golden Lotus Award[edit]

Official Name: Swarna Kamal[1][2][5]

All the awardees are awarded with 'Golden Lotus Award (Swarna Kamal)', a certificate and cash prize.

Name of Award Name of Film Language Awardee(s) Cash Prize
Best Feature Film Mondo Meyer Upakhyan Bengali Producer: Arya Bhattacharya
Director: Buddhadeb Dasgupta
INR 50,000/- Each
Citation: For its poetic exploration of human and social realities concerning people on the fringes of society.
Best Debut Film of A Director Patalghar Bengali Producer: Niti Sonee Gourisaria
Director: Abhijit Chaudhuri
INR 12,500/- Each
Citation: For its craftsmanship and fine blending of the conventions of science fiction and an indigenous narrative form.
Prohor Bengali Producer: Debjani Gupta
Director: Subhadro Chaudhary
Citation: For its use of sensitive idiom to portray the trauma of a brutalized woman.
Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment Devdas Hindi Producer: Bharat Shah
Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
INR 40,000/- Each
Citation: For its technical finesse and its modern reinterpretation of an enduring classic.
Best Children's Film Baaja Hindi Producer: Children's Film Society
Director: A. K. bir
INR 30,000/- Each
Citation: For its poignant, portrayal of the maturing of a young mind.
Best Direction Mr. and Mrs. Iyer English Aparna Sen INR 50,000/-
Citation: For her effective and subtle handling of people caught in a trying and difficult times.
Silver Lotus Award[edit]

Official Name: Rajat Kamal[1][2][5]

All the awardees are awarded with 'Silver Lotus Award (Rajat Kamal)', a certificate and cash prize.

Name of Award Name of Film Language Awardee(s) Cash Prize
Best Feature Film on National Integration Mr. and Mrs. Iyer English Producer: N. Venkatesan
Director: Aparna Sen
INR 30,000/- Each
Citation: For its humane depiction of the bonding between two individuals of different religious backgrounds in the midst of communal tension.
Best Film on Other Social Issues Swaraaj Hindi Producer: George Mathew
Director: Anwar Jamal
INR 30,000/- Each
Citation: For its strong and competent depiction of women's empowerment in rural India.
Best Actor The Legend of Bhagat Singh Hindi Ajay Devgn INR 10,000/-
Citation: For entering into the spirit of the legendary character and for living up to the challenge of history.
Best Actress Mr. and Mrs. Iyer English Konkona Sen Sharma INR 10,000/-
Citation: For her strong and effective portrayal of a Tamil Brahmin woman caught between an orthodox mindset and human compassion.
Best Supporting Actor Nanba Nanba Tamil V. Chandrasekhar INR 10,000/-
Citation: For his touching and absorbing portrayal of a physically challenged man.
Best Supporting Actress Shubho Mahurat Bengali Raakhee INR 10,000/-
Citation: For her finely balanced portrayal of an enigmatic and unlikely detective against a simple middle class background.
Best Child Artist Makdee Hindi Shweta Prasad INR 5,000/- Each
Citation: For her spontaneous and lively portrayal of twin sisters.
Kannathil Muthamittal Tamil P. S. Keerthana
Citation: For her heart vending portrayal of a girl in search of her mother.
Best Male Playback Singer Zindagi Khoobsurat Hai
("Chhote Chhote Sapne")
Hindi Udit Narayan INR 10,000/-
Citation: For his melodious rendering of the title song.
Best Female Playback Singer Devdas
("Bairi Piya")
Hindi Shreya Ghoshal INR 10,000/-
Citation: For her soulful rendering of the song.
Best Cinematography Patalghar Bengali Cameraman: Abhik Mukhopadhyay
Laboratory Processing: Rainbow Color Lab
INR 10,000/- Each
Citation: For creating the distinctive and elegant visual ambience of the film that is excellently in tune with the mood of the story.
Best Screenplay Mr. and Mrs. Iyer English Aparna Sen INR 10,000/-
Citation: For its fluid narration of the nuances of an ambiguous relationship in troubled times.
Best Audiography Kannathil Muthamittal Tamil A. S. Laxmi Narayanan and H. Sridhar INR 5,000/- Each
Citation: For creating a sounds cape that heightens the dramatic conflicts of the story.
Best Editing Kannathil Muthamittal Tamil A. Sreekar Prasad INR 10,000/-
Citation: For heightening the dramatic conflicts of the story.
Best Art Direction Devdas Hindi Nitin Chandrakant Desai INR 10,000/-
Citation: For creating an evocative visual setting for the romantic drama.
Best Costume Design Devdas Hindi Neeta Lulla, Abu Jani, Sandeep Khosla and Reza Shariffi INR 10,000/-
Citation: For their researched, inventive, designing of costumes enhancing the persona of the various characters.
Best Music Direction Kannathil Muthamittal Tamil Songs and Background Score: A. R. Rahman INR 10,000/-
Citation: For his original musical score highlighting the cultural conflicts and personal anguish in the story.
Best Lyrics Kannathil Muthamittal Tamil Vairamuthu INR 10,000/-
Citation: For rising above the conventions of film songs to reach the realms of poetry.
Best Special Effects Magic Magic Tamil Indian Artists INR 10,000/-
Citation: For the skilful use of digital technology to create a world of fantasy and magic.
Best Choreography Devdas
("Dola Re Dola")
Hindi Saroj Khan INR 10,000/-
Citation: For her creation of captivating dance movements to reflect the spirit of the characters and the period.
Special Jury Award Prakash Raj (Actor) INR 25,000/-
Citation: For the impressive power and versatility, which he has contributed to films in multiple languages.
Bhavam Malayalam Jyothirmayi (Actress) Certificate Only
Citation: For her remarkable performance.

Regional Awards[edit]

The award is given to best film in the regional languages in India.[1][2][5]

Name of Award Name of Film Awardee(s) Cash Prize
Best Feature Film in Assamese Konikar Ramdhenu Producer: Sailadhar Baruah
Director: Jahnu Barua
INR 20,000/- Each
Citation: For its sensitive portrayal of child abuse.
Best Feature Film in Bengali Shubho Mahurat Producer: Jagannath Films
Director: Rituparno Ghosh
INR 20,000/- Each
Citation: For its intelligent handling of characters in a detective story.
Best Feature Film in Hindi The Legend of Bhagat Singh Producer: Tips Industries
Director: Rajkumar Santoshi
INR 20,000/- Each
Citation: For its gripping portrayal of the life and times of a legendary martyr.
Best Feature Film in Kannada Singaaravva Producer: Sandesh Nagraj
Director: T. S. Nagabharana
INR 20,000/- Each
Citation: For its stylized treatment of a folk tale.
Best Feature Film in Malayalam Nizhalkuthu Producer: Adoor Gopalakrishnan
Director: Adoor Gopalakrishnan
INR 20,000/- Each
Citation: For its exploration of the mind of a hangman.
Best Feature Film in Marathi Vaastupurush Producer: NFDC
Director: Sumitra Bhave and Sunil Sukthankar
INR 20,000/- Each
Citation: For its competent handling of a feudal family caught in the vortex of social change in post-independence India.
Best Feature Film in Tamil Kannathil Muthamittal Producer: Madras Talkies
Director: Mani Ratnam
INR 20,000/- Each
Citation: For its superb craftsmanship and commitment to a contemporary tragedy.

Best Feature Film in Each of the Language Other Than Those Specified In the Schedule VIII of the Constitution

Name of Award Name of Film Awardee(s) Cash Prize
Best Feature Film in English Stumble Producer: 2 Streams Media
Director: Prakash Belawadi
INR 20,000/- Each
Citation: For its intelligent handling of corruption prevailing in the world of information technology.

Non-Feature Films[edit]

Short Films made in any Indian language and certified by the Central Board of Film Certification as a documentary/newsreel/fiction are eligible for non-feature film section.

Juries[edit]

A committee headed by Rajiv Mehrotra was appointed to evaluate the non-feature films awards. Following were the jury members:[1][2]

  • Jury Members

Golden Lotus Award[edit]

Official Name: Swarna Kamal[1][2][6]

All the awardees are awarded with 'Golden Lotus Award (Swarna Kamal)', a certificate and cash prize.

Name of Award Name of Film Language Awardee(s) Cash Prize
Best Non-Feature Film Narayan Gangaram Surve Marathi Producer: Khayal Trust
Director: Arun Khopkar
INR 20,000/- Each
Citation: For the innovative telling of the story of the life of the great Marathi poet juxtaposed with the evocative visualization of his poems. The film makes brilliant use of image and metaphor as it evolves a complex and powerful narrative.
Best Non-Feature Film Direction A Few Things I Know About Her English Anjali Panjabi INR 10,000/- Each
Citation: For the film on the saint Mirabai. With rare cinematic virtuosity, she brings together different strands from the elusive Mirabai's drawing upon stories, poetry, myth and legend into a cohesive whole.

Silver Lotus Award[edit]

Official Name: Rajat Kamal[1][2]

All the awardees are awarded with 'Silver Lotus Award (Rajat Kamal)' and cash prize.

Name of Award Name of Film Language Awardee(s) Cash Prize
Best First Non-Feature Film Paramapatham Tamil Producer: Film and Television Institute of Tamil Nadu
Director: Prabhu Radhakrishnan
INR 5,000/- Each
Citation: For displaying a mature control of film form and weaves a taught, powerful and short narrative fiction to tell the story of a sculptor as the unanswered questions of his life unfold.
Beyond or Within English Producer: P. T. M. Payyoli
Director: Vinod Mankara
Citation: For its balanced exploration through an informative documentary on the ancient occult science and practice of the controversial Mantravada.
Best Anthropological / Ethnographic Film The Morung - Silent Witness Of The Brave Wancho English Producer: Anthropological Survey of India
Director: Bappa Ray
INR 10,000/- Each
Citation: For its detailed and painstaking yet engaging documentation of The Wancho Tribe of Arunachal Pradesh. The film imaginatively tells the story of both their past and the present through its vivid account of the central role that the 'dormitory' once played in the community.
Best Biographical Film Meeting Manjit English Producer: Ina Puri
Director: Buddhadeb Dasgupta
INR 10,000/- Each
Citation: For making incisive use of the visual potential of cinema to give us rare insight into an artist's life, his subconscious and its articulation on canvas. The film brilliantly juxtaposes the journeys of the artist, his friend Ina and the film maker himself.
Best Arts / Cultural Film The Eye Of The Fish - The Kalaries Of Kerala English Producer: Films Division
Director: Priya Krishna Swamy
INR 10,000/- Each
Citation: For the rich visual texture of the film on Kalarippayuttu with its simple and effective story telling powerfully counterpoints its message of the need to reject violence and war and develop a focused mind as a potent tool of self realization.
Best Environment / Conservation / Preservation Film Urumattram Tamil Producer: G. Meenakshi Sundaram and B. Sivakumar
Director: B. Sivakumar
INR 10,000/- Each
Citation: For moving short fiction that captures the depth of human emotions embodied in mans relationship to nature that nurtures him. Even as all seems lost to the family patriarch as trees must make way for a plastic factory, the grand son offers seeds of hope.
Best Promotional Film The Treasure In The Snow: A Film On Sikkim English Producer: Ministry of External Affairs and South Asia Foundation
Director: Goutam Ghose
INR 10,000/- Each
Citation: For its weaving of a magical cinematic spell that vividly captures the mist and mystery of the abundant natural beauty of Sikkim - its history, people and culture.
Best Film on Social Issues Avchetan Hindi Producer: Prem Matiyani for Films Division and Ministry of Social Empowerment
Director: Manisha Dwivedi
INR 10,000/- Each
Citation: For its sensitive and direct portrayal of the predicaments and crisis of homosexuality both for the individual and his family. The short film powerfully covers a large canvas bringing together a team of outstanding new talent from the FTII led by Manisha Diwedi.
Best Short Fiction Film Sunder Jebon Bengali Producer: Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute
Director: Sandeep Chattopadhyay
INR 10,000/- Each
Citation: For its sensitive and nuanced story about a writer and the sour taste of beauty. The film is notable for its technical excellence and the excellent synergy created by the young director Sandip Chattopadhyay and his colleagues from the Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute in Calcutta. This award applauds them all.
Best Film on Family Welfare Dhatri Panna Hindi Producer: Films Division and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Director: Gul Bahar Singh
INR 10,000/- Each
Citation: For its success in the simple yet difficult art of cinematic story telling with an important and explicit message for its rural audience, of how the tradition of the village dai can and must give way to the trained midwife.
Best Editing 00:00 English Prathapan P. INR 10,000/-
Citation: For its intelligent end engaging use of cinematic form and structure as it weaves itself in and out of hotel rooms and peoples lives on New Years Eve at a sea-side hotel.
Best Music Direction Kalighat Paintings And Drawings English Raja Mitra INR 10,000/-
Citation: For a simple yet engaging music track that brings alive the Kalighat paintings in the film of the same title.
Special Jury Award 00:00 English Wrik Basu and team (Director) INR 10,000/-
Citation: For its intelligent and engaging use of cinematic form and structure as it weaves itself in and out of hotel rooms and peoples lives on New Years Eve at a sea-side hotel.
Kalighat Paintings And Drawings English Raja Mitra (Director) Certificate Only
Citation: For its significant achievement in documenting the rich artistic tradition and its implicit social commentary.

Best Writing on Cinema[edit]

The awards aim at encouraging study and appreciation of cinema as an art form and dissemination of information and critical appreciation of this art-form through publication of books, articles, reviews etc.

Juries[edit]

A committee headed by Udaya Tara Nayar was appointed to evaluate the writing on Indian cinema. Following were the jury members:[1][2][7]

Golden Lotus Award[edit]

Official Name: Swarna Kamal[1][2][7]

All the awardees are awarded with 'Golden Lotus Award (Swarna Kamal)' and cash prize.

Name of Award Name of Book Language Awardee(s) Cash Prize
Best Book on Cinema Paroma and other Outsiders: The Cinema of Aparna Sen English Author: Shoma Chatterjee
Publisher: Parumita Publications
INR 15,000/- Each
Citation: For her painstaking work and thought-provoking study of the works of Aparna Sen with a clear focus on their socio-economic relevance and context.
Ritu Aaye Ritu Jaaye Hindi Author: Sarat Dutt
Publisher: Saaransh Publications Pvt. Ltd.
Citation: For a biography of a trend-setting music director, the late Anil Biswas, whose life story encompasses not just his personal struggles and achievements but also the scenario of Hindi film music when it was at its creative best.
Best Film Critic English Utpal Borpujari INR 15,000/-
Citation: For his sensitive analysis of a wide range of films - Indian, foreign, feature and documentary - and his attempt to focus on social issues and changing family mores and values.

Special Mention[edit]

All the award winners are awarded with Certificate of Merit.[1][2][7]

Name of Award Language Awardee(s) Cash Prize
Special Mention (Film Critic) Marathi Author: Ashok Rane Certificate Only
Citation: For his objective evaluation of trends in cinema in India as well as abroad.

Awards not given[edit]

Following were the awards not given as no film was found to be suitable for the award:[1][2][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "50th National Film Awards". International Film Festival of India. Retrieved March 14, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "50th National Film Awards (PDF)". Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved March 14, 2012. 
  3. ^ "50th National Film Awards (TV 2003)". IMDB. Retrieved March 14, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Dadasaheb Phalke Award Past Recipients". Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved March 15, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f "50th National film Awards (Feature Films)". Press Information Bureau (PIB), India. Retrieved March 15, 2012. 
  6. ^ "50th National film Awards (Non-Feature Films)". Press Information Bureau (PIB), India. Retrieved March 15, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b c "50th National film Awards (Books)". Press Information Bureau (PIB), India. Retrieved March 15, 2012. 

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