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57th National Film Awards
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57th National Film Awards
Awarded for Best of Indian cinema in 2009
Awarded by President of India
(Pratibha Patil)
Presented by Directorate of Film Festivals
Announced on September 15, 2010 (2010-09-15)
Presented on October 22, 2010 (2010-10-22)
Site Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi
Official website dff.nic.in
Highlights
Best Feature Film Kutty Srank
Best Non-Feature Film The Postman and Bilal
Most awards Kutty Srank (5)
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The 57th 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 2009.[1][2]

Three different committees were instituted in order to judge the various entries for feature film, non-feature film and best writing on cinema sections; headed by National award winner director, Ramesh Sippy, for feature films and Mike Pandey along with Samik Bandyopadhyay for non-feature films and best writing on cinema sections, respectively. Another committee of five members was also constituted for the Dadasaheb Phalke Award.

Each chairperson for feature film, non-feature film and best writing on cinema sections announced the award on September 15, 2010[3] for their respective sections and award ceremony took place at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi with President of India, Pratibha Patil giving away the awards on October 22, 2010.[4]

Dadasaheb Phalke award for D. Ramanaidu was announced prior to the announcement of 57th National Film Awards on September 9, 2010.[5]

With 57th National Film Awards, for feature film section, National Film Award for Best Screenplay, Best Audiography and Best Music Direction have been split into multiple awards to felicitate different aspect of the techniques. Best Screenplay would now cover Original and Adapted Screenplay along with Dialogues. National Film Award for Best Audiography have been sub-categorized into Location sound recordist, Sound designer and Re-recordist of the final mixed track; whereas Best Music Direction will be given for Songs and Background score, separately. All the awardee will be awarded with Rajat Kamal (Silver Lotus).

Awards[edit]

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

Lifetime Achievement Award[edit]

Lifetime achievement award is given to the prominent personality from the Indian film industry for the significant contributions given.

Juries[edit]

A committee consisting five eminent personalities from Indian film industry was appointed to evaluate the lifetime achievement award, Dadasaheb Phalke Award. Following were the jury members:[1][2]

Name of Award Awardee(s) Awarded As Awards
Dadasaheb Phalke Award D. Ramanaidu[5][6] Producer Swarna Kamal, INR 1,000,000 and a Shawl

Feature Films[edit]

Films made in any Indian language shot on 16 mm, 35 mm or in a wider gauge or digital format but released on a film format or video/digital but certified by the Central Board of Film Certification as a feature film or featurette are eligible for Feature Film section.

A total of 20 films were awarded in this category at the National Awards. Feature films were awarded at All India as well as regional level. For 57th National Film Awards, a Malayalam film, Kutty Srank won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film also winning the maximum number of awards (5). Following were the awards given in each category:[1][2][7]

Juries[edit]

A committee headed by Ramesh Sippy was appointed to evaluate the feature films awards. The selection process returned to a Two Tier System of Selection. The Chairperson for the Northern Region was Sushma Seth, for the Western Region, M. S. Sathyu, for South–I Region, T. S. Nagabharana, for the Eastern Region, B. Lenin and for South- II Region, Pinaki Chaudhari. Following were the jury members:[1][2][3]

  • Jury Regional : North
    • Sushma Seth • Birendra Nath Tiwari • Rama Vij • Saryu V Doshi • Apurwa Yagnik
  • Jury Regional : West
  • Jury Regional : South-II (Kannada and Telugu)
    • Pinaki Chaudhari • Chandrasiddarth • V. N. Laxminarayana • Suresh Krishna • Prabodh Parikh

All India Award[edit]

Following were the awards given:[1][2][3]

Golden Lotus Award[edit]

Official Name: Swarna Kamal[1][2][3]

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 Kutty Srank Malayalam Producer: Reliance Big Pictures
Director: Shaji N. Karun
INR 2,50,000/- Each
Citation: For its vision and cinematic craft that express the different perspectives of three women about the truth of the man in their lives.
Best Debut Film of A Director Lahore Hindi Producer: Vivek Khatkar
Director: Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan
INR 1,25,000/- Each
Citation: For excellent control over the medium and using sport as a metaphor to tell a compelling story.
Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment 3 Idiots Hindi Producer: Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Director: Rajkumar Hirani
INR 2,00,000/- Each
Citation: For an intelligent entertainer that touches upon the contemporary concerns of society with great humour and engaging performances.
Best Children's Film Putaani Party Kannada Producer: Children's Film Society
Director: Ramchandra P. N.
INR 37,500/- Each
Citation: For the novel idea of empowering children to work as a Panchayat to combat alcoholism that destroys their future.
Keshu Malayalam Producer: Children’s Film Society, India
Director: Sivan
Citation: For the sensitivity that explores the lonely world of a specially abled child and the inability of adults to recognize the genius in him.
Best Direction Abohoman Bengali Rituparno Ghosh INR 2,50,000/-
Citation: For the many layered narrative of emotional conflict, rich texture and ensemble performances.
Silver Lotus Award[edit]

Official Name: Rajat Kamal[1][2][3]

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 Delhi-6 Hindi Producer: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
Director: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
INR 1,50,000/- Each
Citation: For its uncompromising stance towards communal divide and offering a humanistic solution of taking individual responsibility.
Best Film on Other Social Issues Well Done Abba Hindi Producer: Reliance Big Pictures
Director: Shyam Benegal
INR 1,50,000/- Each
Citation: For a socio-political satire about a common man’s fight for justice against an all pervasive corrupt system.
Best Actor Paa Hindi Amitabh Bachchan INR 50,000/-
Citation: For a rare performance that fuses the art and craft of an actor to create a character that lives with you long after the film is over.
Best Actress Abohoman Bengali Anannya Chatterjee INR 50,000/-
Citation: For the exquisite detailing of a complex character through different stages of the professional and personal life of an actress.
Best Supporting Actor Lahore Hindi Farooq Sheikh INR 50,000/-
Citation: For the consummate ease with which he persuades and inspires everyone around him while retaining his integrity and dignity.
Best Supporting Actress Paa Hindi Arundathi Nag INR 50,000/-
Citation: For the restraint with which she conveys strength, compassion and understanding to her daughter, a single mother, bringing up a son stricken with a rare degenerative disease.
Best Child Artist Pasanga Tamil SreeRaam and Kishore INR 50,000/-
Citation: For the spirited performance of a protagonist and an antagonist who are incomplete without each other. The two young shoulders carry the narrative through a delightful journey.
Best Male Playback Singer Mahanagar@Kolkata
("Ei To Ami")
Bengali Rupam Islam INR 50,000/-
Citation: For the deeply felt emotional resonance and a haunting lilt that evokes the thematic ambience of the film.
Best Female Playback Singer Houseful
("Boe Jay Shudhu Bish")
Bengali Nilanjana Sarkar INR 50,000/-
Citation: For the haunting texture of a voice that blends the melody, words and rhythm.
Best Cinematography Kutty Srank Malayalam Cameraman: Anjuli Shukla
Laboratory Processing: Adlabs Films Ltd.
INR 50,000/- Each
Citation: For the breathtaking sweep that captures the magical mystery of a multilayered narrative.
Best Screenplay
 • Screenplay Writer (Original)
Kutty Srank Malayalam P. F. Mathews and Harikrishna INR 25,000/- Each
Citation: For the mysterious narrative that weaves together multiple perspectives to create a coherent whole, and yet leaves a haunting ambiguity.
Best Screenplay
 • Screenplay Writer (Adapted)
Kanasemba Kudureyaneri Kannada Gopal Krishan Pai and Girish Kasaravalli INR 25,000/- Each
Citation: For linking the theme of death and its inevitability through a narrative style that presents two versions of the same event, not necessarily in chronological order.
Best Screenplay
 • Dialogues
Pasanga Tamil Pandiraj INR 50,000/-
Citation: For the conversational quality with its cutting edge wit and life like freshness.
Best Audiography
 • Location Sound Recordist
Kaminey Hindi Subash Sahoo INR 50,000/-
Citation: For excellent live sound quality with the right tonal balance, capturing all the ambient sounds.
Best Audiography
 • Sound Designer
Keralavarma Pazhassiraja Malayalam Resul Pookutty INR 50,000/-
Citation: For creating an outstanding aural landscape that transports you to a historical era.
Best Audiography
 • Re-recordist of the Final Mixed Track
3 Idiots Hindi Anup Dev INR 50,000/-
Citation: For the fine amalgamation of different elements of sound to create the right ambience and perspective of the film image.
Best Editing Abohoman Bengali Arghyakamal Mitra INR 50,000/-
Citation: For a very precise juxtaposition of time and space, allowing every frame to unravel the story with a keen sense of rhythm and pace.
Best Art Direction Delhi-6 Hindi Samir Chanda INR 50,000/-
Citation: For a very convincing match of actual locations with detailed, recreated sets.
Best Costume Design Kutty Srank Malayalam Jayakumar INR 50,000/-
Citation: For capturing the essence of period and characters with the right blend of colour, style and texture.
Best Make-up Artist Paa Hindi Christien Tinsley and Dominie Till INR 50,000/-
Citation: For authentic, detailed creation of a heart-warming character stricken by a fatal disease.
Best Music Direction
 • Songs
Dev.D Hindi Amit Trivedi INR 50,000/-
Citation: For the innovative composition that blend contemporary and folk sounds.
Best Music Direction
 • Background Score
Keralavarma Pazhassiraja Malayalam Ilaiyaraaja INR 50,000/-
Citation: For creating epic grandeur by fusing symphonic orchestration with traditional Indian instrumentation.
Best Lyrics 3 Idiots
("Behti Hawa Sa Tha Woh")
Hindi Swanand Kirkire INR 50,000/-
Citation: For the simplicity and depth of feelings conveyed through evocative imagery.
Best Special Effects Magadheera Telugu R. Kamal Kannan INR 50,000/-
Citation: For the stunning use of special effects to enhance the visual sweeps of the fantastical story telling.
Best Choreography Magadheera Telugu K. Shivashankar INR 50,000/-
Citation: For breath taking energy and innovation.
Special Jury Award  • Kaminey
 • Keralavarma Pazhassiraja
 • Kutty Srank
 • Hindi
 • Malayalam
 • Malayalam
A. Sreekar Prasad (Editor) INR 2,00,000/-
Citation: For his continued pursuance of excellence to the art and craft of editing, covering a range of themes and styles.
Padmapriya (Actress) Certificate Only
Citation: For the range and skill of an actor to portray varied characters in films of different languages.

Regional Awards[edit]

The award is given to best film in the regional languages in India.[1][2][3]

Name of Award Name of Film Awardee(s) Cash Prize
Best Feature Film in Assamese Basundhara Producer: Hiren Bora
Director: Hiren Bora
INR 1,00,000/- Each
Citation: For dealing with a pressing, contemporary ecological issue with sincerity.
Best Feature Film in Bengali Abohoman Producer: Reliance Big Pictures
Director: Rituparno Ghosh
INR 1,00,000/- Each
Citation: For sheer artistry that blends form and content of a provocative subject.
Best Feature Film in Hindi Paa Producer: Amitabh Bachchan Corporation and Sunil Manchanda
Director: R. Balki
INR 1,00,000/- Each
Citation: For a heart rendering, yet unsentimental portrayal of a family dealing with a tragedy foretold.
Best Feature Film in Kannada Kanasemba Kudureyaneri Producer: Basanta Kumar Patil
Director: Girish Kasaravalli
INR 1,00,000/- Each
Citation: For the departure from linear narrative to unfold the interlinked events in a village and its superstitions.
Best Feature Film in Konkani Paltadacho Munis Producer: NFDC
Director: Laxmikant Shetgaonkar
INR 1,00,000/- Each
Citation: For the simplicity and humanism of dealing with a person the world calls insane.
Best Feature Film in Malayalam Keralavarma Pazhassiraja Producer: Gokulam Gopalan
Director: T.Hariharan
INR 1,00,000/- Each
Citation: For recreating the life and times of a forgotten and unsung hero who gave the first call of freedom from British rule.
Best Feature Film in Marathi Natarang Producer: Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd.
Director: Ravindra Harishchandra Jadhav
INR 1,00,000/- Each
Citation: For depicting the passion of an artiste, who despite social ostracism, political oppression and personal failures, pursues his dream.
Best Feature Film in Tamil Pasanga Producer: M. Sasikumar
Director: Pandiraj
INR 1,00,000/- Each
Citation: For the unconventional, imaginative and energetic joyride of children that is delightful and uplifting.

Non-Feature Films[edit]

Films made in any Indian language shot on 16 mm, 35 mm or in a wider gauge or digital format and released on either film format or video/digital but certified by the Central Board of Film Certification as a documentary/newsreel/fiction are eligible for non-feature film section.

A total of 11 films were awarded in the non-feature film category at the 57th National Film Awards. Gaarud and In Camera, both bagged the maximum number of awards, two.[1][2][3]

Juries[edit]

A committee headed by Mike Pandey was appointed to evaluate the non-feature films awards. Following were the jury members:[1][2][3]

  • Jury Members
    • Mike Pandey (Chairperson) • M. R. Rajan • Joy Bimal Roy • Vibhu Puri • Rajesh Jala • Bani Prakash Das • Maya Jaideep

Golden Lotus Award[edit]

Official Name: Swarna Kamal[1][2][3]

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 The Postman Tamil Producer: K. Hariharan
Director: B. Manohar
INR 37,500/- Each
Citation: For a charming and heartwarming tale of a village postman caught in the web of changing times brought in by technology.
Bilal Bengali and Hindi Producer: Sourav Sarangi
Director: Sourav Sarangi
Citation: For showing effectively that disability is not an impedance to overcome the trials and tribulations of life.

Silver Lotus Award[edit]

Official Name: Rajat Kamal[1][2][3]

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 Vaishnav Jan Toh Hindi Producer: Film and Television Institute of India
Director: Kaushal Oza
INR 37,500/- Each
Citation: For sensitive handling of a thought provoking film that reflects the strength of nonviolence and Gandhian values – so relevant even today.
Ekti Kaktaliyo Golpo Bengali Producer: Film and Television Institute of India
Director: Tathagata Singha
Citation: For a promising debut showing imagination and flair to weave a tale of fantasy.
Best Biographical Film Pancham Unmixed Bengali, Hindi and English Producer: Brahmanand S Siingh
Director: Brahmanand S Siingh
INR 50,000/- Each
Citation: For an engaging compilation of the tumultuous journey of a legendary and iconic music composer of the Indian Film Industry whose music lives on.
Best Environment / Conservation / Preservation Film and Best Agricultural Film (Jointly given) In For Motion English Producer: Amlan Dutta
Director: Anirban Dutta
INR 50,000/- Each
Citation: For portraying the changing scenario in the urban environment where burgeoning and mindless development is swallowing agricultural lands.
Best Historical Reconstruction / Compilation Film Pancham Unmixed Bengali, Hindi and English Producer: Brahmanand S Siingh
Director: Brahmanand S Siingh
INR 50,000/- Each
Citation: For an engaging compilation of the tumultuous journey of a legendary and iconic music composer of the Indian Film Industry whose music lives on.
Best Film on Social Issues Mr. India Manipuri Producer: Haobam Paban Kumar
Director: Haobam Paban Kumar
INR 50,000/- Each
Citation: For bringing alive a motivational and touching story of indomitable human spirit and resilience. The struggle of an HIV patient who overcame all odds and barriers to win Mr. India title.
Best Short Fiction Film Boond Hindi Producer: Kumar Mangat
Director: Abhishek Pathak
INR 50,000/- Each
Citation: For "Wars will be fought for water" – a story of the future set in a village starved of water, food and love.
Best Cinematography Gaarud Hindi and Marathi Cameraman: Deepu S. Unni
Laboratory Processing: Adlabs Films Ltd.
INR 50,000/- Each
Citation: For brilliant craftsmanship, intelligent lensing in aesthetically recreating the ambience and the diverse pulsating life in a semi-urban lodge.
Best Audiography Gaarud Hindi and Marathi Re-recordist of the Final Mixed Track: Lipika Singh Darai INR 50,000/-
Citation: For imaginative use of ambient sounds in effectively creating diverse soundscapes.
Best Editing In Camera English Tarun Bhartiya INR 50,000/-
Citation: For being able to seamlessly juxtapose past and present experiences in the form of images.
Best Narration / Voice Over In Camera English Ranjan Palit INR 50,000/- Each
Citation: For his natural flow and engaging narration of a well-told story.
Special Jury Award Kelkkunnundo Malayalam Aasna Aslam (Child actor) INR 1,00,000/-
Citation: For her natural, sensitive and touching performance.
Vilay Silent film Nikita Bhagat (Cinematographer) Certificate Only
Citation: For her evocative and pathbreaking camerawork. The innovative use of shift focus brought, images, textures and emotions to life.

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 Samik Bandyopadhyay was appointed to evaluate the writing on Indian cinema. Following were the jury members:[1][2][3]

Golden Lotus Award[edit]

Official Name: Swarna Kamal[1][2][3]

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 Cinemaa Yaana Kannada Author: Kalastavadi Puttaswamy
Publisher: Hasiru Prakashana
INR 75,000/- Each
Citation: For its probingly critical introduction to Kannada cinema in its interconnections with literature and theatre, history and society; with insightful analyses of the classics of Kannada cinema and assessments of individual contributions, often from beyond the borders of Karnataka; supplemented by excellent photographs and annotations; and extraordinary production values.
Best Film Critic Malayalam C. S. Venkiteswaran INR 75,000/-
Citation: For his response to the multiplicity inherent in the cinematic form from an evolved consciousness of the medium and a historical sense of its overt/subliminal ideologies, articulated in a controlled and expressive prose where the insight allows him to remain nonjudgmental and suggestive.

Special Mention[edit]

All the award winners are awarded with Certificate of Merit.

Name of Award Name of Book Language Awardee(s) Cash Prize
Special Mention (Book on Cinema) Eka Studioche Atmavrutta Marathi Prabhakar Pendharkar Certificate Only
Citation: For its unusual mode of documenting the history of one of the oldest Marathi studios.

Awards not given[edit]

Following were the awards not given as no film was found to be suitable for the award:[1][2][3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "57th National Film Awards". International Film Festival of India. Retrieved March 28, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "57th National Film Awards (PDF)". Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved March 28, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "57th National Film Awards announced". Press Information Bureau (PIB), India. Retrieved 28 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "President confers the National Film Awards to eminent artists". Press Information Bureau (PIB), India. Retrieved 28 March 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Veteran film producer Dr. D. Ramanaidu to be honoured with Dadasaheb Phalke Award for the year 2009". Retrieved 28 March 2012. 
  6. ^ "Dadasaheb Phalke Award Past Recipients". Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved March 5, 2012. 
  7. ^ "57th National Film Awards for 2009". Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 28 March 2012. 

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