National Film Award for Best Film on Environment Conservation/Preservation

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National Film Award for Best Film on Environment Conservation/Preservation
National award for contributions to Indian Cinema
Awarded for The best feature film focusing environmental concerns
Sponsored by Directorate of Film Festivals
Reward(s)
  • Rajat Kamal (Silver Lotus)
  • 50,000 (US$700)
First awarded 1989
Last awarded 2017
Most recent winner Irada
Highlights
Total awarded 21
First winner Bonani

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

The National Film Awards were established in 1954 to "encourage production of the films of a high aesthetic and technical standard and educational and culture value" and also planned to included awards for regional films.[1][2] In 1989, at the 37th National Film Awards the new category of award for Best Film on Environment Conservation/Preservation was introduced for the Rajat Kamal and awarded annually for films produced in the year across the country, in all Indian languages. As of 2016 since its inception, the award has been present only nineteen times to unique films. It has been presented for films in eight languages with the highest being six in Malayalam, followed by five in Kannada, two each in Assamese and Odia, and one each in Bodo, Manipuri, Marathi, and Tamil. It was not presented on nine occasion in 1990 (38th ceremony),[3] 1991 (39th ceremony),[4] 1996 (44th ceremony),[5] 2001 (49th ceremony),[6] 2002 (50th ceremony),[7] 2006 (54th ceremony),[8] 2007 (55th ceremony),[9] 2009 (57th ceremony),[10] and 2011 (59th ceremony).[11]

The inaugural award was conferred upon the production house M/s Purbanchal Film Co-operative Society Ltd. (Rajat Kamal and 30,000) and director Jahnu Barua (Rajat Kamal and 15,000) for their Assamese film Bonani for the story of a lone forest officer fighting the illegal timber mafia and protecting rights of uneducated tribals.[12] Kannada film director P. Sheshadri received the award in 2005 for his film Thutturi which was produced by Jayamala Ramchandra.[13] He again won the award in 2010 for the film Bettada Jeeva produced by Basanta Kumar Patil.[14] Malayalam film director Dr. Biju went on to receive the award in 2013 for his film Perariyathavar produced by Ambalakkara Global Films and again in 2015 for the film Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal produced by A. K. Pillai.[15][16] The most recent recipient of the award has been the Hindi film Irada.

Winners[edit]

The award includes 'Rajat Kamal' (Silver Lotus) and cash prize to the producers and director each. The first award in 1989 had a monetary association of 30,000 to the producers and 15,000 to the directors.[12] In 1995 at the 43rd award ceremony the Bodo language film Rape in the Virgin Forest was honoured and the cash prices were revised to 30,000 each presented to Jwngdao Bodosa who had both produced and directed the film about the problems of deforestation and struggles of tribal people.[17] The monetary association was again revised to 1,50,000 to both the producers and directors in 2008 at the 56th awarding ceremony where producer Akshay Parija and director Prashanta Nanda's Odia language film Jianta Bhoota (meaning "The Living Ghost") was the winner for its portrayal of lives of Dongria Kondh tribal people residing in the Niyamgiri hills range of Odisha.[8][18]

Following are the award winners over the years:

List of films, showing the year (award ceremony), language(s), producer(s), director(s) and citation
Year Film(s) Language(s) Producer(s) Director(s) Citation Refs.
1989
(37th)
Bonani Assamese Purbanchal Film Jahnu Barua
For its delicate and nuanced description of a forest official's struggle against mercenary and bureaucratic despoilation of forests.
[12]
1990
(38th)
No Award [3]
1991
(39th)
No Award [4]
1992
(40th)
Cheluvi Kannada Sadir Media Girish Karnad
For its direct and effective communication of a threatening problem, deforestation.
[19]
1993
(41st)
Devara Kadu Kannada Pattabhirami Reddy Productions Pattabhirami Reddy Tikkavarapu
For presenting the two themes of "Back to Village" and "Preservation of Nature" by an imaginative use of myths and legends.
[20]
1994
(42nd)
Nirbachana Oriya  • NFDC
 • Doordarshan
Biplab Ray Chowdhury
For a stunningly controlled and uniquely cinematic metaphor of rural India and impending environment catastrophe shown with compassion and satire.
[21]
1995
(43rd)
Rape in the Virgin Forest (Hagramayao Jinahari) Bodo Jwngdao Bodosa Jwngdao Bodosa
For effectively handling the problem of deforestation, through the life and struggle of a tribal community and exposing the real culprits behind this crime.
[17]
1996
(44th)
No Award [5]
1997
(45th)
Bhoomi Geetha Kannada R. Mahadev Gowda Kesari Harvoo
For its sincere statement the need for a balanced approach towards environment and tribal cultures that get displaced in the course of development.
[22]
1998
(46th)
Malli Tamil N'CYP Santosh Sivan
For its lucid and lyrical depiction of nature and the need to save the environmental assets which have made life on tris earth possible and beautiful.
[23]
1999
(47th)
Jalamarmaram Malayalam  • Latha Kurien Rajeev
 • Radhika Suresh Gopi
T. K. Rajeev Kumar
For handling a theme of great concern in the increasingly polluted environs of our industrial towns and cities, through the imaginative touch of a fairly tale.
[24]
2000
(48th)
Oru Cheru Punchiri Malayalam Jisha John M. T. Vasudevan Nair
For telling the simple and moving story of an elderly couple and their relationship with the world around them. In depicting the couple's love for the trees and plants in their garden, the film spreads the message of environmental conservation in the broadest sense in a gentle, unobtrusive way.
[25]
2001
(49th)
No Award [6]
2002
(50th)
Urumattram Tamil Aadhi Bhagavan Talkies B.Sivakumar
The story revolves around a Grand-father, his son and grand son. The son who is in hurry to migrate to the U.S. is convinced he has tied up all the loose ends like securing the future of his family as well as the care of his old father. The grand father is shocked by the sale of the ancestral home and is completely shattered by the irresponsibility of maximising gain in turning it over to a plastic factory owner. The old man is redeemed by the youngster who picks up hope from the grand father's values - of environment awareness and human relationship.
[7]
2003
(51st)
Juye Poora Xoon Assamese Sanjib Sabhapandit Sanjib Sabhapandit
For its representation of large-scale migration and the erosion of a way of life by floods and industrialisation.
[26]
2004
(52nd)
Devrai Marathi Y. N. Oak  • Sumitra Bhave
 • Sunil Sukthankar
In this chaotic world, when every body talks about the importance of environment, conservation and preservation but no body cares to learn from the wisdom of myth created by our forefathers and create a space for every mind to realise its potential without judging, discriminating or condemning.
[27]
2005
(53rd)
Thutturi Kannada Jaimala Ramchandra P. Sheshadri
For its imaginative portrayal of a group of young children who fight to preserve a healthy urban environment.
[13]
2006
(54th)
No Award [8]
2007
(55th)
No Award [9]
2008
(56th)
Jianta Bhoota Odia Akshay Kumar Parija Prashanta Nanda
For sensitive portrayal of exploitation of innocence in the name of development.
[28]
2009
(57th)
No Award [10]
2010
(58th)
Bettada Jeeva Kannada Basanta Kumar Patil P. Sheshadri
An old couple steeped in the soil of their environment yearn for the return of their son while nurturing the growth of their young plantation against all odds.
[14]
2011
(59th)
No Award [11]
2012
(60th)
Black Forest Malayalam Joshy Mathew Baby Mathew Somatheeram
Set in a tribal backdrop the movie effectively advocates the urgent need for environmental protection. The protagonists in the form of three children make the film all the more acceptable to the impressionable minds!
[29]
2013
(61st)
Perariyathavar Malayalam Ambalakkara Global Films Dr. Biju
For telling the story of those nameless, faceless marginalized people through the life of a widowed father who works as a scavenger and his eight year old son. It depicts the real lives of the poor who live in the margin of civilized society with an unusual power and artistic honesty.
[15]
2014
(62nd)
Ottaal Malayalam Director Cutz Film Company Jayaraj
Ottal, a visual poem, expresses the beauty and serenity of the protagonist's rural environment and a way of life whose value is measured by the poignancy of its loss.
[30]
2015
(63rd)
Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal Malayalam A. K. Pillai Dr. Biju
For a dramatically disturbing exposition of the ill effects of pesticides in North Kerala.
[16]
2016
(64th)
Loktak Lairembee Manipuri Haobam Paban Kumar Haobam Paban Kumar
The film brings out the nuances of an environmental issue in a heart wrenching and touching manner
[31]
2017
(65th)
Irada Hindi Irada Entertrainment Aparnaa Singh

References[edit]

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