National film awards are given by the Directorate of Film Festivals, which comes under the ambit of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. National Awards are annual awards presented to outstanding performances in Indian cinema. The National Awards for 1981 was presented in the 29th National Film Festival in April 1982. The Bengali movie Dakhal won the national award for the best feature film.
The film awards also introduced a new category for books on Indian Cinema; Tamil writer Aranthai Narayanan won this award for his book “Tamil Cinemavin Kathai”. The Dadasaheb Phalke Award went to Naushad Ali, one of the prominent and foremost music directors in the Hindi film industry. He received a Swarna Kamal (Golden Lotus) and the cash prize. Hindi language films bagged most of the awards.
These include the award for best debut film of a director which went to Ashok Ahuja for his film “Aadharshila”. The best actor award went to the versatile actor of the industry, Om Puri for his lead role in the movie “ Aarohan” who portrays the role of a harassed farmer in West Bengal fighting against the people who were obstructing the implementation of land reforms. The film depicts the reality of these farmers’ conditions and the price they have to pay to get justice.
Aarohan also won the award for the best feature film in Hindi by director Shyam Benegal and the award for best editing went to Bhanudas Divakar. The best actress award went to the beautiful Rekha for her heart rendering role as a courtesan in “ Umrao Jaan”. Fortunately, Umrao Jaan film also received awards for best art direction by Manzoor, best music direction by Khayyam and for singing the melodies soulfully-the best playback singer female award for Asha Bhosle. The film won the highest awards (4) in that year.
The best playback singer male award went to the evergreen singer S P Balasubramanyam. His songs in the movie “ Ek Duuje Ke Liye” won the hearts of millions. The film depicts the tragedy of two lovers. Satyajit Ray won the special jury award for his film “Sadgati”, which comments on the caste system in India. In the Non-feature films, the award for the Best information film went to “Faces after the Storm” in Hindi which was directed by Prakash Jha. The film depicts the horror faced after a communal violence. The film was chosen for the depiction of such a horror without compromise but with humanism and sincerity. The winners received the Rajat Kamal (Silver Lotus) and cash prizes.
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