65th National Film Awards

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65th National Film Awards
Awarded forBest of Indian cinema in 2017
Awarded byRam Nath Kovind
(President of India)
Presented byDirectorate of Film Festivals
Announced on13 April 2018 (2018-04-13)
Presented on3 May 2018 (2018-05-03)
Official websitedff.nic.in
Highlights
Best Feature FilmVillage Rockstars
Best Non-Feature FilmNot awarded
Best BookMatamgi Manipur: The first Manipuri Feature Film
Best Film CriticGiridhar Jha
Dadasaheb Phalke AwardVinod Khanna
Most awards • Nagarkirtan
 • Village Rockstars (4)

The 65th National Film Awards ceremony is an event during which the Directorate of Film Festivals presented its annual National Film Awards by The President of Republic Of India to honour the best films of 2017 in Indian cinema. The awards were announced on 13 April 2018.[1] The awards ceremony was held on 3 May 2018.[2]

Selection process[edit]

The Directorate of Film Festivals invited online entries and the acceptable last date for entries was until 2 March 2018. Feature and Non-Feature Films certified by Central Board of Film Certification between 1 January 2017, and 31 December 2017, 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 2017, and 31 December 2017, 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.[3]

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.[3]

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."[4]

A committee consisting five eminent personalities from Indian film industry was appointed to evaluate the lifetime achievement award, Dadasaheb Phalke Award.

Name of Award Awardee(s) Awarded As Awards
Dadasaheb Phalke Award Vinod Khanna (Posthumous) Actor Swarna Kamal, 1 million (US$14,000) and a shawl

Feature Film[edit]

Golden Lotus Awards[edit]

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 Village Rockstars Assamese Producer: Rima Das
Director: Rima Das
250,000/- Each
Best Debut Film of a Director Sinjar Jasari Producer: Shibu G. Suseelan
Director: Sandeep Pampally
125,000/- Each
Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment Baahubali 2: The Conclusion Telugu Producer: Arka Media Works
Director: S. S. Rajamouli
200,000/- Each
Best Children's Film Mhorkya Marathi Producer: Kalyan Rajmogli Padal
Director: Amar Bharat Deokar
150,000/- Each
Best Direction Bhayanakam Malayalam Jayaraj 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 Dhappa Marathi Producer: Sumatilal Popatlal Shah
Director: Nipun Dharmadhikari
150,000/- Each
Best Film on Other Social Issues Aalorukkam Malayalam Producer: Jolly Lonappan
Director: V. C. Abhilash
150,000/- Each
Best Film on Environment/Conservation/Preservation Irada Hindi Producer: Irada Entertainment
Director: Aparnaa Singh
150,000/- Each
Best Actor Nagarkirtan Bengali Riddhi Sen 50,000/-
Best Actress Mom Hindi Sridevi 50,000/-
Best Supporting Actor Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum Malayalam Fahadh Faasil 50,000/-
Best Supporting Actress Irada Hindi Divya Dutta 50,000/-
Best Child Artist Village Rockstars Assamese Bhanita Das 50,000/-
Best Male Playback Singer Viswasapoorvam Mansoor
(For the song "Poy Maranja Kalam")
Malayalam K. J. Yesudas 50,000/-
Best Female Playback Singer Kaatru Veliyidai
(For the song "Vaan Varuvaan")
Tamil Shashaa Tirupati 50,000/-
Best Cinematography Bhayanakam Malayalam Nikhil S Praveen 50,000/-
Best Screenplay
 • Screenplay Writer (Original)
Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum Malayalam Sajeev Pazhoor 50,000/-
Best Screenplay
 • Screenplay Writer (Adapted)
Bhayanakam Malayalam Jayaraj 50,000/-
Best Screenplay
 • Dialogues
Hello Arsi Odia Sambit Mohanty 50,000/-
Best Audiography
 • Location Sound Recordist
Village Rockstars Assamese Mallika Das 50,000/-
Best Audiography
 • Sound Designer
Walking With The Wind Ladakhi Sanal George 50,000/-
Best Audiography
 • Re-recordist of the Final Mixed Track
Walking With The Wind Ladakhi Justin Jose 50,000/-
Best Editing Village Rockstars Assamese Rima Das 50,000/-
Best Production Design Take Off Malayalam Santhosh Raman 50,000/-
Best Costume Design Nagarkirtan Bengali Gobinda Mandal 50,000/-
Best Make-up Artist Nagarkirtan Bengali Ram Rajjak 50,000/-
Best Music Direction
 • Songs
Kaatru Veliyidai Tamil A. R. Rahman 50,000/-
Best Music Direction
 • Background Score
Mom Hindi A. R. Rahman 50,000/-
Best Lyrics March 22
(For the song "Mutthu Ratna")
Kannada J. M. Prahlad 50,000/-
Best Special Effects Baahubali 2: The Conclusion Telugu R. C. Kamal Kannan 50,000/-
Best Choreography Toilet Ek Prem Katha
(For the song "Gori Tu Latth Maar")
Hindi Ganesh Acharya 50,000/-
Best Stunt Choreographer Baahubali 2: The Conclusion Telugu
 • King Solomon
 • Lee Whittaker
 • Kecha Khamphakdee
50,000/-
Special Jury Award Nagarkirtan Bengali Producer: Sani Ghose Ray
Director: Kaushik Ganguly
2,00,000/-
Special Mention Newton Hindi Pankaj Tripathi (Actor) Certificate only
Take Off Malayalam Parvathy (Actress)
Hello Arsi Odia Prakruti Mishra (Actress)
Mhorkya Marathi Yasharaj Karhade (Child artist)

Regional Awards[edit]

National Film Awards are also given to the best films in the regional languages of India. Awards for the regional languages are categorised as per their mention in the Eighth schedule of the Constitution of India. Awardees included producers and directors of the film. No films in languages other than those specified in the Schedule VIII of the Constitution were eligible.

Name of Award Name of Film Awardee(s) Cash Prize
Best Feature Film in Assamese Ishu Producer: Children's Film Society
Director: Utpal Borpujari
1,00,000/- each
Best Feature Film in Bengali Mayurakshi Producer: Firdausul Hasan, Prabal Halder
Director: Atanu Ghosh
1,00,000/- each
Best Feature Film in Gujarati Dhh Producer: Amruta Parande
Director: Manish Saini
1,00,000/- each
Best Feature Film in Hindi Newton Producer: Drishyam Films
Director: Amit V Masurkar
1,00,000/- each
Best Feature Film in Kannada Hebbet Ramakka Producer: S. A. Puttaraju
Director: N. R. Nanjunde Gowda
1,00,000/- each
Best Feature Film in Malayalam Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum Producer: Urvasi Theatres
Director: Dileesh Pothan
1,00,000/- each
Best Feature Film in Marathi Kachcha Limboo Producer: Mandar Devasthali
Director: Prasad Oak
1,00,000/- each
Best Feature Film in Odia Hello Arsi Producer: Ajaya Routray
Director: Sambit Mohanty
1,00,000/- each
Best Feature Film in Tamil To Let Producer: Prema Chezhian
Director: Chezhiyan
1,00,000/- each
Best Feature Film in Telugu The Ghazi Attack Producer: Prasad V. Potluri
Director: Sankalp Reddy
1,00,000/- 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 Jasari Sinjar Producer: Shibu G. Suseelan
Director: Sandeep Pampally
1,00,000/- each
Best Feature Film in Ladakhi Walking With The Wind Producer: Mahesh Mohan
Director: Praveen Morchhale
1,00,000/- each
Best Feature Film in Tulu Paddayi Producer: Nithyananda Pai
Director: Abhaya Simha
1,00,000/- 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 Director in Non-Feature Film Pavasacha Nibandha Marathi Nagraj Manjule 150,000/-

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 Water Baby Producer: Varun Shah
Director: Pia Shah
75,000/- Each
Best Biographical Film / Best Historical Reconstruction / Compilation Film Naachi se Baanchi Producer: Films Division of India
Director: Biju Toppo
50,000/- Each (Cash Component to be shared)
Sword of Liberty Producer: R. C. Suresh
Director: Shiny Jacob Benjamin
Best Arts / Cultural Film Girija Producer: Madhu Chandra, Sudha Datta
Director: Debapriya Adhikary, Samanwaya Sarkar
50,000/- Each
Best Environment Film including Best Agricultural Film The Pangti Story Producer: Rajiv Mehrotra
Director: Sesino Yhoshü
50,000/- Each
Best Promotional Film Poetry on Fabric : Chanderinama Producer: Sanjay Gupta for Pro Art India
Director: Rajendra Junglay
50,000/- Each
Best Film on Social Issues I am Bonnie Producer: Films Division of India
Director: Satarupa Santra
50,000/- Each (Cash Component to be shared)
Veil Done Producer: Juhi Bhatt
Director: Rajiv Mehrotra
Best Educational / Motivational / Instructional Film The Little Girl We Were and the Women We Are Producer: Rahi Foundation
Director: Vaishali Sood
50,000/- Each
Best Anthropological/Ethnographic Film Name, Place, Animal, Thing Producer and Director: Nithin R. 50,000/- Each (Cash Component to be shared)
Slave Genesis Producer and Director: Aneez K. M.
Best Exploration / Adventure Film (including sports) Ladakh Chale Richawala Producer: Films Division of India
Director: Indrani Chakrabarti
50,000/- Each
Best Investigative Film 1984, When the Sun Didn't Rise Producer and Director: Teenaa Kaur 50,000/- Each
Best Animation Film Tokri - The Basket Producer: Nilima Eriyat
Director: Suresh Eriyat
Animator: Studio Eeksaurus
50,000/- Each (Cash Component to be shared)
The Fish Curry  • Hindi
 • English
Producer: Munish Tewari
Director and Animator: Abhishek Verma
Best Short Fiction Film Mayat Marathi Producer and Director: Suyash Shinde 50,000/- Each
Best Film on Family Welfare Happy Birthday Producer: FTII
Director: Medhpranav Babasaheb Powar
50,000/- Each
Best Cinematography Eye Test Cameraman: Appu Prabhakar 50,000/- Each (Cash Component to be shared)
Dawn Cameraman: Arnold Fernandes
Best Audiography Pavasacha Nibandha Marathi Avinash Sonawane 50,000/-
Best Audiography
 • Location Sound Recordist
The Unreserved Samarth Mahajan 50,000/-
Best Editing Mrityubhoj The Death Feast Marathi  • Sanjiv Monga
 • Tenzin Kunchok
50,000/- (Cash Component to be shared)
Best Music Direction Sword of Liberty Ramesh Narayanan 50,000/-
Best Narration / Voice Over The Lion of Laddak Francois Castellino 50,000/-
Special Jury Award A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings Producer: Films Division of India
Director: Prateek Vats
50,000/- Each (Cash Component to be shared)
Monday Producer: FTII
Director: Arun K
Special Mention Rebirth Jayaraj (Director) Certificate only
Cake Story Rukshana Tabassum (Director)
Afternoon Swapnil Vasant Kapure (Director)

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 the Golden Lotus Award (Swarna Kamal) accompanied with a cash prize.

Name of Award Name of Book Language Awardee(s) Cash Prize
Best Book on Cinema Matamgi Manipur: The first Manipuri Feature Film Author: Bobby Wahengbam
Publisher: Angomningthou Preservation and Documentation
75,000/- Each
Best Film Critic NA English Giridhar Jha 75,000/-
Special Mention (Film Critic) NA Hindi Sunil Mishra Certificate Only

References[edit]

  1. ^ "65th National Film Awards LIVE: Sridevi Posthumously Awarded Best Actress; Vinod Khanna Honoured With Dada Saheb Phalke Award". News 18date=13 April 2018. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  2. ^ Press Trust of India (3 May 2012). "Nat Film Awards ceremony to be held on May 3 every year: Soni". Business Standard. Retrieved 3 May 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Call for entries; 65th National Film Awards for 2017" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  4. ^ "17th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. p. 38. Retrieved 12 April 2013.

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