63rd National Film Awards

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63rd National Film Awards
Awarded for Best of Indian cinema in 2015
Awarded by Pranab Mukherjee
(President of India)
Presented by Directorate of Film Festivals
Announced on 28 March 2016 (2016-03-28)
Presented on 3 May 2016 (2016-05-03)
Official website dff.nic.in
Highlights
Best Feature Film Baahubali: The Beginning
Best Non-Feature Film Amdavad Ma Famous
Best Book Dr. Rajkumar Samagra Charithre
Best Film Critic Meghachandra Kongbam
Dadasaheb Phalke Award Manoj Kumar
Most awards Bajirao Mastani (7)

The 63rd National Film Awards was an award ceremony during which the Directorate of Film Festivals of India presents its annual National Film Awards to honour the best films of 2015 in the Indian cinema. The awards were announced on 28 March 2016 and the ceremony was held on 3 May 2016.[1]

Selection process[edit]

The Directorate of Film Festivals invited nominations for the awards in January 2016. The acceptable last date for entries was until 13 January 2016. Feature and Non-Feature Films certified by Central Board of Film Certification between 1 January 2015, and 31 December 2015, were eligible for the film award categories. Books, critical studies, reviews or articles on cinema published in Indian newspapers, magazines, and journals between 1 January 2015, and 31 December 2015, were eligible for the best writing on cinema section. Entries of dubbed, revised or copied versions of a film or translation, abridgements, edited or annotated works and reprints were ineligible for the awards.[1]

For the Feature and Non-Feature Films sections, films in any Indian language, shot on 16 mm, 35 mm, a wider film gauge or a digital format, and released in cinemas, on video or digital formats for home viewing were eligible. Films were required to be certified as a feature film, a featurette or a Documentary/Newsreel/Non-Fiction by the Central Board of Film Certification.[1]

Best Film Friendly State[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 a State Government Policy.

Award Name of State Citation
Best Film Friendly State State of Gujarat Film Policy for Promotion of Gujarati Cinema.

Dadasaheb Phalke Award[edit]

Introduced in 1969, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award is the highest award given to recognise the contributions of film personalities towards the development of Indian cinema and for distinguished contributions to the medium, its growth and promotion.[2]

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.[3]

  • Jury Members
 • Lata Mangeshkar
 • Asha Bhosle
 • Nitin Mukesh
 • Salim Khan
 • Anup Jalota
Name of Award Awardee(s) Awarded As Awards
Dadasaheb Phalke Award Manoj Kumar Actor, Filmmaker Swarna Kamal, 1 million (US$14,000) and a Shawl

Feature Films[edit]

Feature films will be awarded at All India as well as regional level. Following will be the awards given in each category:

Juries[edit]

A committee headed by Ramesh Sippy was appointed to evaluate the feature films awards. Following were the jury members:[4]

All India Award[edit]

Following will be the awards given:

Golden Lotus Award[edit]

Official Name: Swarna Kamal

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 Baahubali: The Beginning Telugu Producer: Shobu Yarlagadda & Arka Media Works (P) LTD.
Director: S. S. Rajamouli
250,000/- Each
Best Debut Film of a Director Masaan Hindi Producer: Phantom Films
Director: Neeraj Ghaywan
1,25,000/- Each
Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment Bajrangi Bhaijaan Hindi Producer: Salman Khan & Rockline Venkatesh
Director: Kabir Khan
200,000/- Each
Best Children's Film Duronto Hindi Producer: Code Red Films
Director: Soumnedra Padhi
150,000/- Each
Best Direction Bajirao Mastani Hindi Sanjay Leela Bhansali 250,000/-

Silver Lotus Award[edit]

Official Name: Rajat Kamal

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 Nanak Shah Fakir Punjabi Producer: Gurbani Media
Director:  –
150,000/- Each for
Best Film on Other Social Issues Nirnayakam Malayalam Producer: Jayraj Films
Director: V. K. Prakash
150,000/- Each
Best Film on Environment/Conservation/Preservation Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal Malayalam Producer: Dr. A. K. Pillai
Director: Dr. Biju
150,000/- Each
Best Actor Piku Hindi Amitabh Bachchan 50,000/-
Best Actress Tanu Weds Manu Returns Hindi Kangana Ranaut 50,000/-
Best Supporting Actor Visaranai Tamil Samuthirakani 50,000/-
Best Supporting Actress Bajirao Mastani Hindi Tanvi Azmi 50,000/-
Best Child Artist Ben Malayalam Gaurav Menon 50,000/-
Best Male Playback Singer Katyar Kaljat Ghusali
(For the song "Aruni Kirani")
Marathi Mahesh Kale 50,000/-
Best Female Playback Singer Dum Laga Ke Haisha
(For the song "Moh Moh Ke Dhaage")
Hindi Monali Thakur 50,000/-
Best Cinematography Bajirao Mastani Hindi Sudeep Chatterjee 50,000/-
Best Screenplay
 • Screenplay Writer (Original)
Piku Hindi Juhi Chaturvedi 50,000/-
Tanu Weds Manu Returns Hindi Himanshu Sharma
Best Screenplay
 • Screenplay Writer (Adapted)
Talvar Hindi Vishal Bhardwaj 50,000/-
Best Screenplay
 • Dialogues
Piku Hindi Juhi Chaturvedi 50,000/-
Tanu Weds Manu Returns Hindi Himanshu Sharma
Best Audiography
 • Location Sound Recordist
Talvar Hindi Sanjay Kurian 50,000/-
Best Audiography
 • Sound Designer
Bajirao Mastani Hindi Biswadeep Chatterjee 50,000/-
Best Audiography
 • Re-recordist of the Final Mixed Track
Bajirao Mastani Hindi Justin Jose 50,000/-
Best Editing Visaranai Tamil Kishore Te 50,000/-
Best Art Direction Bajirao Mastani Hindi  • Shriram Iyengar
 • Saloni Dhatrak
 • Sujeet Sawant
50,000/-
Best Costume Design Nanak Shah Fakir Punjabi Payal Saluja 50,000/-
Best Make-up Artist Nanak Shah Fakir Punjabi  • Preetisheel G. Singh
 • Clover Wootton
50,000/-
Best Music Direction
 • Songs
Ennu Ninte Moideen
(For the song "Kathirunnu")
Malayalam M. Jayachandran 50,000/-
Best Music Direction
 • Background Score
Tharai Thappattai Tamil Ilaiyaraaja 50,000/-
Best Lyrics Dum Laga Ke Haisha
(For the song "Moh Moh Ke Dhaage")
Hindi Varun Grover 50,000/-
Best Special Effects Baahubali : The Beginning Telugu V. Srinivas Mohan 50,000/-
Best Choreography Bajirao Mastani
(For the song "Deewani Mastani")
Hindi Remo D'Souza 50,000/-
Special Jury Award Margarita with a Straw Hindi Kalki Koechlin (Actress) 200,000/-
Special Mention Sairat Marathi Rinku Rajguru (Actress) Certificate only
 • Su Su Sudhi Vathmeekam
 • Lukka Chuppi
Malayalam Jayasurya (Actor)
Irudhi Suttru Tamil Ritika Singh (Actress)

Regional Awards[edit]

The award is given to best film in the regional languages in India.

Name of Award Name of Film Awardee(s) Cash Prize
Best Feature Film in Assamese Kothanodi Producer: Anurupa Hazarika
Director: Bhaskar Hazarika
100,000/- Each
Best Feature Film in Bengali Shankhachil Producer: Nideas Creations & Productions Pvt Ltd.
Director: Goutam Ghose
100,000/- Each
Best Feature Film in Bodo Dau Huduni Methai Producer: Shankarlal Goenka
Director: Manju Borah
100,000/- Each
Best Feature Film in Hindi Dum Laga Ke Haisha Producer: Maneesh Sharma & Yash Raj Films
Director: Sharat Katariya
100,000/- Each
Best Feature Film in Kannada Thithi Producer: Prspctvs Productions Pvt Ltd.
Director: Raam Reddy
100,000/- Each
Best Feature Film in Konkani Enemy Producer: A Durga Prasad
Director: Dinesh P. Bhonsle
100,000/- Each
Best Feature Film in Maithili Mithila Makhaan Producer: Neetu Chandra & Samir Kumar
Director: Nitin Chandra
100,000/- Each
Best Feature Film in Malayalam Pathemari Producer: Allens Media
Director: Salim Ahamed
100,000/- Each
Best Feature Film in Manipuri Eibusu Yaohanbiyu Producer: Yunman Hitalar (Neta) Singh
Director: Maipaksana Haorongbam
100,000/- Each
Best Feature Film in Marathi Ringan Producer: My Role Motion Pictures
Director: Makarand Mane
100,000/- Each
Best Feature Film in Oriya Pahada ra luha Producer: Mohapatra Movie Magic Pvt. Ltd.
Director: Sabyasachi Mohapatra
100,000/- Each
Best Feature Film in Punjabi Chauthi Koot Producer: NFDC & Kartikeya Singh
Director: Gurvinder Singh
100,000/- Each
Best Feature Film in Sanskrit Priyamanasam Producer: Baby Mathew Somatheeram
Director: Vinod Mankara
100,000/- Each
Best Feature Film in Tamil Visaranai Producer: Wunderbar Films
Director: Vetri Maaran
100,000/- Each
Best Feature Film in Telugu Kanche Producer: Y. Rajeev Reddy
Director:Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi (Krish)
100,000/- Each

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 Haryanvi Satrangi Producer: Punam Deswal Sharma
Director: Sundeep Sharma
100,000/- Each
Best Feature Film in Khasi Onaatah Producer: Pomu Das & Marjina Kurbah
Director: Pradip Kurbah
100,000/- Each
Best Feature Film in Mizo Kima’s Lode Beyond the Class Producer: Children's Film Society
Director: Zualaa Chhangte
100,000/- Each
Best Feature Film in Wancho The Head Hunter Producer: Splash Films Private Limited
Director: Nilanjan Datta
100,000/- Each

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.

Golden Lotus Award[edit]

Official Name: Swarna Kamal

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 Amdavad Ma Famous Gujrati Producer: Akanksha Tewari & Arya A. Menon
Director: Hardik Mehta
100,000/- Each
Best Non-Feature Film Direction Kamuki Malayalam Producer: Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute
Director: Christo Tomy
50,000/- Each

Silver Lotus Award[edit]

Official Name: Rajat Kamal

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 Daaravtha Marathi Producer: Nishantroy Bombarde
Director: Nishantroy Bombarde
50,000/- Each
Best Anthropological / Ethnographic Film Aoleang English Producer: Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Stuidies
Director: Ranajit Ray

Assistant Director - Goutam Sharma

50,000/- Each
Best Biographical Film / Best Historical Reconstruction / Compilation Film Life in Metaphors: A Portrait of Girish Kasaravalli English And Kannada Producer: Reelism Film
Director: O.P. Shrivastava
50,000/- Each
Best Arts / Cultural Film  • A Far Afternoon - A Painted Saga

 • Yazhpanam Thedchanamoorthy - Music Beyond Boundaries
Hindi, English

Tamil
Producer: Piramal Art Foundation
Director: Sruti Harihara Subramanian

Producer: Siddhartha Productions
Director: Amshan Kumar
50,000/- Each (Cash Component to be shared)
Best Environment Film including Best Agricultural Film  • The Man who Dwarfed the Mountains

 • God On The Edge
Hindi,English

English, Bengali
Producer:Rajiv Mehrotra, PSBT
Director: Ruchi Shrivastava & Sumit Sunderlal Khanna

Producer:Elements Picture Studio
Director:Ashok Patel
50,000/- Each (Cash Component to be shared)
Best Promotional Film Weaves of Maheshwar Hindi, English Producer: Storyloom Films
Director:Keya Vaswani & Nidhi Kamath
50,000/- Each
Best Film on Social Issues Auto Driver Manipuri Producer: Oinam Doren, Longjam Meenadevi
Director: Longjam Meenadevi
50,000/- Each
Best Educational / Motivational / Instructional Film Paywat Marathi Producer: Mithunchandra Chaudhari
Director: Nayana Dolas & Mithunchandra Chaudhari
50,000/- Each
Best Exploration / Adventure Film Dribbling with their Future English, Tamil & Kannada Producer: N. Dinesh Raj Kumar & Mathew Varghese
Director: Jacob Varghese
50,000/- Each
Best Investigative Film Tezpur 1962 English Producer: Films Division of India
Director: Samujjal Kashyap
50,000/- Each
Best Animation Film Fisherwoman and TukTuk No Dialogues Producer: Nilima Eriyat
Director: Suresh Eriyat
Animator: Studio Eeksaurus Productions Private Limited
50,000/- Each
Best Short Fiction Film Aushadh Marathi Producer: Amol Deshmukh
Director: Amol Deshmukh
50,000/- Each
Best Film on Family Welfare Best Friends Forever English Producer: Syed Sultan Ahmed (Edumedia India Pvt. Ltd.)
Director: Sandeep Modi
50,000/- Each
Best Cinematography Benaras- The Unexplored Attachments Bengali Cameraman: Amartya Bhattacharyya
Laboratory Processing:
50,000/- Each
Best Audiography Edpa Kana Kudukh Moumita Roy 50,000/-
Best Editing Breaking Free English Parvin Angre and Sridhar Rangayan 50,000/-
Best Music Direction A Far Afternoon- A Painted Saga Hindi, English Aravind - Shankar 50,000/-
Special Jury Award In Search Of Fading Canvas Hindi Producer: Films Division
Director: Manohar Singh Bisht
50,000/- Each
Special Mention The Chameleone English Arun Shankar Certificate only
Amma Malayalam Neelan
Syaahi Marathi Varun Tandon

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.

Golden Lotus Award[edit]

Official Name: Swarna Kamal

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 Dr. Rajkumar Samagra Charithre Kannada Author: Doddahulluru Rukkoji Publisher: Preeti Pustaka Prakashana 75,000/- Each
Best Film Critic Manipuri Meghachandra Kongbam 75,000/-
Special Mention Forgotten Masters of Hindi Cinema Author: Satish Chopra Certificate Only

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Call for entries; 63rd National Film Awards for 2015" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 17 March 2016. 
  2. ^ "17th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. p. 38. Retrieved 12 April 2013. 
  3. ^ Venugopal, Vasudha (12 April 2016). "This year's Dadasaheb Phalke award recipient Manoj Kumar was rejected at least twice for the same honour". The Economic Times. Retrieved 14 April 2016. 
  4. ^ "63rd National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 28 March 2016. 

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