66TH NATIONAL FILM AWARDS ANNOUNCED
After having received the approval of Hon’ble Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Prakash Javadekar, the 66th National Film Awards were announced in a press conference held on 9th Aug 2019 by Shri Rahul Rawail, Chairperson, Feature Film Category; Shri AS Kanal, Chairperson, Non-Feature Film Category and Shri UtpalBorpujari, Chairperson, Best Writing on Cinema. Gujarati film ‘Hellaro’ was declared Best Feature Film winner, while ‘Badhai Ho’ bagged the award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment.
Hindi movie ‘Padman’ was declared Best Film on Social Issues, while Kannada film ‘OndallaEradalla’ got NargisDutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration. Ayushman Khurana and Vicky Kaushal jointly won Best Actor Award for their performances in ‘Andhadhun’ and ‘Uri: The Surgical Strike’, while Keerthy Suresh was declared winner of Best Actress trophy for her performance in Telugu movie ‘Mahanati’. Aditya Dhar won Best Director Award for the Surgical Strike’. Marathi movie Naal got the Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of a Director.
The Jury unanimously conferred the award for the Most Film Friendly State to the State of Uttarakhand for furthering the growth of the film industry in the State including creating an environment for ease of filming in the State, encouraging skill/talent development, incentivizing the re-opening of closed cinema halls, formation of film development fund, continuing with the earlier incentive plan for filming, formation of Utttarakh and Film Development Council among other pro-active initiatives.
Feature Film Category
Awards are given in 31 different categories each year. In the Feature Films category, 419 Films were received this year. After 45 days of film screening, the eminent Jury, constituted by Ministry of I&B, selected films under various categories. The Central Panel included 11 Members: Rahul Rawail (Chairman of Central Panel), Raj Dutt (Member of Central Panel) Dr. Sabyasachi Mohapatra (Member of Central Panel), Vasu Kolli (Member), Archana R. Singh (Member), Vijaya Krishnan (Member), Major Ravi (Member), Imo Singh (Member), Vinod Ganatra (Member), B.S. Lingadevaru (Member), Ashok Rane (Member)
Non-Feature Film Category
Non- Feature Film category gives out Awards in 23 Categories. A total of 256 movies were received in the Non-feature Category this year. After screening of Films for 28 days, the eminent Jury constituted by Ministry of I&B, selected films under various categories.
Best Writing on Cinema
For the category of Best writing on Cinema, awards are given in 2 Categories. A total of 22 books and 19 Articles were received under Best Writing on Cinema, for the category of Film writing and Critics. The Jury comprised of 3 members.
Most Film Friendly State
An eminent jury chaired by acclaimed filmmaker Shri Ramesh Sippy comprising of renowned filmmaker Shri Vivek Agnihotri, and Shri Uday Singh, India Representative, Motion Picture Association of America, recommended the recipient of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting’s prestigious award namely, the Most Film Friendly State (MFFS) Award 2018.
I congratulate all officers and staff of Ministry of I&B and DFF on the successful completion of the long drawn process of calling for the entries, setting up of Juries in various categories, conducting Jury screenings and finally declaring of the results. I take this opportunity of specially congratulating Mr. Chaitanya Prasad , Additional Director General , Ms. TanuRai , Dy Director /the nodal officer and Mr. K . Prashant Kumar, Deputy Director of Directorate of Film Festivals, New Delhi for ensuring great success of the Mega Project.