49th National Film Awards ceremony took place on 23 February 2003 for the best feature and non-feature films of the year 2002. A. P. J Abdul Kalam, then President of India, awarded the prizes to the winners this time. The directorate of film festivals presents the awards, which is an organization established under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in India. K.K Kapil, K.S Sethumadhavan, and Bharat Gopy head the people announcing the awards for the different sections: books on Indian cinema, feature films, and non-feature films respectively.
Starting with the awards, they classified into feature and non-feature genres, and books written on Indian cinema. First, they gave the Dadasahev Phalke Award to Yash Chopra for his contribution as director and producer to the Bollywood industry. The award is of the form Swarma Kamal and a Shawl and award money of One Lakh. Moving on the feature films, they got awards at the both regional and national levels. The national film award went to a Kannada film, Dweepa. Lagaan won included the best popular film providing wholesome entertainment. The Best Direction award went to Ooruku Nooruper in Tamil by the director B. Lenin winning the prize money of fifty thousand. The Best Debut Film for a Director went to a director named K.N.T Sastry for the movie Thilaadaanam. Following that, Bub won the award for the Best Feature Film on National Integration.
The Best Film on other Social Issues went to the movie Chandni Bar. Murali and Shobana won the award for the Best Actor and Best Actress. Atul Kulkarni and Ananya Khare, on the other hand, received the award for the Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress. P. Shwetha for her movie as a young girl in the Tamil movie, Kutty got the award for the Best Child Artist.This year Udit Narayan won the award for Best Male Playback Singer for songs Mitwa in the movie Lagaan and Jaane Kyon in Dil Chahta Hain. Sadhana Sargam won for the Best Female Playback Singer for the song Pattu Cholli in the Tamil film Azhagi. In the best Cinematography section Ranachandra Halkare got the award for the movie Dweepa. Best Screenplay award's receiver is G. Neelakanta Reddy. Javed Akhtar received the Best Lyrics for the two songs “Ghanan Ghanan” and “Radha Kaise Na Jale”.
The best choreography went to Ragu Khan for the number “Ghanan Ghanan” in the movie Lagaan. Then there was the category for Silver Lotus Awards: the Best First Non-Feature film went to the movie Diary of a Housewife (Malayalam), the Best Anthropological Film is by the movie the Monpas of Arunachal Pradesh. The Best Biographical Film is by Teejan Bai, the Best Film on Social Issues went to A New Paradigm. Chitra won in the Best Short Fiction genre.
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