After a long journey of 48 years, Directorate of Film Festivals has once again presented the ‘48th National Film Awards’. It is organized by the Ministry Of Information And Broadcasting, India. It is hosted in the presence of our respected President: K.R. Narayanan(Kocheril Raman Narayanan). The ceremony is renowned for celebrating best of Indian Cinema which is not only worthy but has also been brilliantly directed and executed. The festival celebrates all the excellent films which have taken Indian Cinema on a higher level. It also appreciates the efforts made by the crew for bringing out the best direction, acting, production, cinematography, music, dance, etc. for the entertainment of people. Despite making Bollywood films as the center of appreciation, it honors all the deserving films which are from different states and languages. National Film Award does not look at the commercial success of the movies only but acknowledges the non-commercial films which have done great under a small budget on the big screen and small screen, both.
This time the National Film Awards felicitated the excellent films released in the year 2000. The Films honored with National Award are shared in the categories of Feature films, Non-Feature Films and Books written on Indian Cinema. National Awards aggrandize those movies which have inspired us with their great performances, and for such considerable accord, jury members play a huge role. The organization appoints several different groups of members for determining the worthy winners. The ceremony looks at every aspect of Indian Cinema which took place in the year 2000 and will honor them with the precious awards like Life Time Achievement Award also known as Dadasaheb Phalke Award. For Feature Films: Golden Lotus Award (Swarna Kamal), Silver Lotus Award(Rajat Kamal) and Regional Awards. While Non- feature films category has only Golden and Silver Lotus Awards and does not have any awards in the Regional category. In the category of Best Writing on Indian Cinemas, it has only Golden Lotus award and awards in Special Mention.
Some of the significant Awards given were Life Time Achievement Award (Dadasaheb Phalke Award): Asha Bhosle (Playback Singer). In Feature Film: Golden Lotus Award(Swarna Kamal) given to Shantham(Malayalam) for Best Feature Film, Sayahnam(Malayalam) for Best Debut Film of a Director and more. Silver Lotus Award(Rajat Kamal) given to Pukar(Hindi) for Best Feature Film on National Integration, Anil Kapoor for Best Actor, Raveena Tandon for Best Actress in Daman, Anu Malik for Best Music Direction in Refugee and more.
Regional Awards given are Dekha for Best Feature Film in Bengali, Zubeidaa for Best Feature Film in Hindi, etc.. In Non-Feature Film: Golden Lotus Award(Swarna Kamal) given to Rasikapriya (Hindi&English) for Best Non-Feature Film, Rasikapriya (Hindi&English) for best Non-Feature Film Direction and more. Silver Lotus Award(Rajat Kamal) given to Meena Jha(Hindi) for Best First Non-Feature Film, Devanarthakan-The Devine Dancer(Malayalam) for Best Biographical Film, Lokpriya(Hindi) for Best Editing, Usha Khanna for Ajeeb Ghar in Best Music Direction and more. In the category of Best Writing on Cinema: Golden Lotus Award(Swarna Kamal) given to Sholay-The Making of Classic(Hindi) for Best Book On Cinema and Vasiraju Prakasam(Telegu) and Suresh Sharma(Hindi) for Best Film Critic. Niranjan Pal for Such Is Life(English) and Uma Garg(Hindi) for Sangeet ka Soundarya Bodh in Special Mention. .. There were several more awards given to different people acknowledging their hard work and effort in making quality of movies and books in Indian Cinema.
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