National Film Award for Best Cinematography

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National Film Award for Best Cinematography
Awarded by Directorate of Film Festivals
Type National
Category Indian Cinema
Description
Medal Rajat Kamal (Silver Lotus)
Statistics
Instituted 1967
First awarded 1967
Last awarded 2015
Total awarded 66 (Cameraman)
23 (Laboratory Processing)
Cash award 50,000 (US$740)
Previous name(s) Award for excellence in Cinematography (1967–76)
First awardee(s)  • Ramachandra (Colour)
 • M. N. Malhotra (Black-and-white)
Recent awardee(s) Sudeep Chatterjee (Cameraman)

The National Film Award for Best Cinematography is one of the National Film Awards presented annually by the Directorate of Film Festivals, the organisation set up by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, India. It is one of several awards presented for feature films and awarded with Rajat Kamal (Silver Lotus).

The award was instituted in 1967, at 15th National Film Awards and awarded annually for films produced in the year across the country, in all Indian languages. Till 34th National Film Awards, awards were given for Black-and-white as well as Color motion picture film. Since 37th National Film Awards, Laboratory Processing are also awarded under the same category.

Winners[edit]

Award includes 'Rajat Kamal' (Silver Lotus) and cash prize. The only female who has won this award is Anjuli Shukla, who won the award for her debut film, Kutty Srank (2010). The most time winners are K. K. Mahajan and Santosh Sivan – 4 awards each for this category. Prasad Film Lab has been awarded eight times for the laboratory processing. Following are the award winners over the years:

*
Indicates Black-and-white feature film
List of award recipients, showing the year (award ceremony), film(s), language(s) and citation
Year Recipient(s) Laboratory Processing Film(s) Language(s) Citation Refs.
1967
(15th)
Ramachandra  – Bambai Raat Ki Bahon Mein Hindi  – [1]
1967
(15th)
M. N. Malhotra  – Hamraaz Hindi  –
1968
(16th)
Nariman Irani  – Saraswatichandra Hindi  – [2]
1968
(16th)
K. S. Prasad  – Thillaanaa Mohanambal Tamil  –
1969
(17th)
K. K. Mahajan  – Sara Akash Hindi  – [3]
1969
(17th)
Marcus Bartley  – Shanti Nilayam Tamil  –
1970
(18th)
K. K. Mahajan  – Uski Roti Hindi  – [4]
1970
(18th)
Radhu Karmakar  – Mera Naam Joker Hindi  –
1971
(19th)
Nando Bhattacharya  – Anubhav Hindi  – [5]
1971
(19th)
Ramachandra  – Reshma Aur Shera Hindi  –
1972
(20th)
Mankada Ravi Varma  – Swayamvaram Malayalam  – [6]
1972
(20th)
K. K. Mahajan  – Maya Darpan Hindi  –
1973
(21st)
Apurba Kishore Bir  – 27 Down Hindi  – [7]
1973
(21st)
Soumendu Roy  – Ashani Sanket Bengali  –
1974
(22nd)
K. K. Mahajan  – Chorus Bengali  – [8]
1974
(22nd)
Soumendu Roy  – Sonar Kella Bengali  –
1975
(23rd)
B. S. Lokanath  – Apoorva Raagangal Tamil  – [9]
1975
(23rd)
Ishan Arya  – Muthyala Muggu Telugu  –
1976
(24th)
P. S. Nivas  – Mohiniyattam Malayalam  – [10]
1976
(24th)
S. Ramachandra  – Rishya Shringa Kannada  –
1977
(25th)
Balu Mahendra  – Kokila Kannada [11]
1977
(25th)
Soumendu Roy  – Shatranj Ke Khilari Hindi
1978
(26th)
Shaji N. Karun  – Thampu Malayalam [12]
1978
(26th)
Govind Nihalani  – Junoon Hindi
1979
(27th)
Kamal Nayak  – Neem Annapurna Bengali  – [13]
1979
(27th)
Rajan Kinagi  – Shodh Hindi  –
1980
(28th)
Sivan  – Yagam Malayalam [14]
1980
(28th)
Ashok Kumar  – Nenjathai Killathe Tamil
1981
(29th)
Shripati R. Bhat  – Mooru Darigulu Kannada [15]
1981
(29th)
Ashok Mehta  – 36 Chowringhee Lane English
1982
(30th)
Balu Mahendra  – Moondram Pirai Tamil [16]
1983
(31st)
 • B. Bindhani
 • Raj Shekhar
 – Neeraba Jhada Oriya [17]
1983
(31st)
Madhu Ambat  – Adi Shankaracharya Sanskrit
1984
(32nd)
Jehangir Choudhary  – Holi Hindi  – [18]
1985
(33rd)
Subrata Mitra  – New Delhi Times Hindi [19]
1986
(34th)
Venu  – Malayalam [20]
1987
(35th)
P. C. Sreeram  – Nayagan Tamil [21]
1988
(36th)
Apurba Kishore Bir  – Daasi Telugu [22]
1989
(37th)
Virendra Saini Adlabs Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro Hindi [23]
1990
(38th)
Santosh Sivan Vijay Colour Lab Perumthachan Malayalam [24]
1991
(39th)
Apurba Kishore Bir Prasad Film Lab Aadi Mimansa Oriya [25]
1992
(40th)
Venu Prasad Film Lab Miss Beatty's Children English [26]
1993
(41st)
Venu Prasad Film Lab Ponthan Mada Malayalam [27]
1994
(42nd)
K. V. Anand Gemini Color Lab Thenmavin Kombath Malayalam [28]
1995
(43rd)
Santosh Sivan Gemini Color Lab Kaalapani Malayalam [29]
1996
(44th)
Mrinal Kanti Das Prasad Film Lab  • Adajya
 • Rag Birag
Assamese [30]
1997
(45th)
Santosh Sivan Prasad Film Lab Iruvar Tamil [31]
1998
(46th)
Santosh Sivan Gemini Color Lab Dil Se.. Hindi [32]
1999
(47th)
Anil Mehta Adlabs Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam Hindi [33]
2000
(48th)
Ashok Mehta Prasad Film Lab Moksha Hindi [34]
2001
(49th)
Ramachandra Halkare Prasad Film Lab Dweepa Kannada [35]
2002
(50th)
Abhik Mukhopadhyay Rainbow Color Lab Patalghar Bengali [36]
2003
(51st)
Abhik Mukhopadhyay Rainbow Color Lab Bhalo Theko Bengali [37]
2004
(52nd)
Mahesh Aney Adlabs Swades Hindi [38]
2005
(53rd)
Madhu Ambat Prasad Film Lab Sringaram Tamil [39]
2006
(54th)
Gautam Ghose Rainbow Colour Lab Yatra Hindi [40]
2007
(55th)
Shanker Raman Deluxe Laboratories Inc. Frozen Hindi [41]
2008
(56th)
Abhik Mukhopadhyay Filmlab Antaheen Bengali [42]
2009
(57th)
Anjuli Shukla Adlabs Kutty Srank Malayalam [43]
2010
(58th)
Madhu Ambat  – Adaminte Makan Abu Malayalam [44]
2011
(59th)
Satya Rai Nagpaul Reliance MediaWorks Anhe Ghore Da Daan Punjabi [45]
2012
(60th)
Sudheer Palsane Prasad Studios Ko:Yad Mishing [46]
2013
(61st)
Rajeev Ravi  – Liar's Dice Hindi [47]
2014
(62nd)
Sudeep Chatterjee  – Chotushkone Bengali [48]
2015
(63rd)
Sudeep Chatterjee  – Bajirao Mastani Hindi [49]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "16th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 22 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "17th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 26 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "18th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 26 September 2011. 
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  38. ^ "52nd National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 28 January 2012. 
  39. ^ "53rd National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 19 March 2012. 
  40. ^ "54th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 24 March 2012. 
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  47. ^ "61st National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. 16 April 2014. Retrieved 16 April 2014. 
  48. ^ "62nd National Film Awards" (PDF) (Press release). Directorate of Film Festivals. 24 March 2015. Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  49. ^ "63rd National Film Awards" (PDF) (Press release). Directorate of Film Festivals. 28 March 2016. Retrieved 28 March 2016. 

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