66th National Film Awards for 2018 announced 

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The 66th National Film Awards were announced in a press conference today by Shri Rahul Rawail, Chairperson, Feature Film Category;  Shri AS Kanal, Chairperson, Non-Feature Film Category and Shri Utpal Borpujari, Chairperson, Best Writing on Cinema.  The Chairpersons and other Jury Members earlier today submitted a report on 66th National Film Awards to Union Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar.

 

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 ‘Ondalla Eradalla’ got Nargis Dutt 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 ‘Uri: The Surgical Strike’. Marathi movie Naal got the Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of a Director.

Uttarakhand was declared the Most Film Friendly State.

The list of Award winners under the different categories is mentioned as under:

Feature Films Section

S.No. Title of Film Name Of Film Awardee Medal

& Cash Prize

Citation
Best Feature Film HELLARO (Gujarati) Producer:  Saarthi Productions LLP

 

Director: Abhishek Shah

 

Swarna Kamal and

Rs. 2,50,000 (each)

The film is a strong statement on women empowerment against patriarchal Society.
Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of a Director NAAL (Marathi)

 

Producer: Mrudhgandh Films LLP

 

Director:  Sudhakar Reddy Yakkanti

 

 Swarna Kamal and Rs.1,25,000 (each) The film is a poignant message about the ethics of adoption, told through a child’s perspective.
Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment BADHAAI  HO (Hindi)

 

Producer: Junglee Pictures Limited

 

Director:  Amit  Sharma

 

Swarna Kamal and

Rs. 2,00,000/- (each)

The film breaks the stereotype of middle age pregnancy   through easy narrative, effective characterization and pithy dialogues.
Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration  ONDALLA ERADALLA (Kannada)

 

Producer: D N Cinemas

 

Director: Satya

Prakash D

 

Rajat Kamal and

Rs. 1,50,000/- (each)

The film tries to break political and religious divide through the eye of a child.
Best Film on Social Issues PADMAN (Hindi)

 

Producer: Hope Productions Pvt. Ltd.

 

Director: R. Balki

 

Rajat Kamal and

Rs. 1,50,000/- (each)

An undiscussed social issue of women’s personal hygiene narrated compellingly and with aplomb.
Best Film on Environment Conservation/Preservation PAANI (Marathi)

 

Producer: Purple Pebble Pictures

 

Director:  Addinath Kothare

 

Rajat Kamal and

Rs. 1,50,000/- (each)

The film traces the story of a dry and parched village that comes together to generate their most valuable resource – Water.
Best Children’s Film SARKARI HIRIYA PRATHAMIKA SHALE KASARGODU (Kannada)

 

Producer :  Rishab Shetty Films

 

Director: Rishab Shetty

 

Swarna Kamal and

Rs. 1,50,000/- (each)

The film effectively portrays the positive action of children to tackle the issue of language politics in schools located on State borders.
Best Direction URI : THE SURGICAL STRIKE (Hindi)

 

Director: Aditya Dhar

 

Swarna Kamal and

Rs. 2,50,000/-

The challenge  of telling a true story of military action in a realistic  manner is dealt with utmost clarity  and effectiveness
Best Actor (Shared) ANDHADHUN (Hindi)

&

 

URI  : THE SURGICAL STRIKE  (Hindi)

 

Ayushmann Khurrana

 

&

 

Vicky Kaushal

 

Rajat Kamal and

Rs. 50,000/-  (Shared)

Powerful execution of a complex role of ‘now blind & now not blind’ character.

 

 

For effectively  conveying  a realistic character of an army officer.

 

Best Actress MAHANATI (Telugu)

 

Keerthy Suresh Rajat Kamal and

Rs. 50,000/-

 

For a range of emotions across vast span of time.
Best Supporting Actor CHUMBAK (Marathi)

 

Supporting Actor:Swanand Kirkire

 

 

Rajat Kamal and

Rs. 50,000/-

For the ability to invoke empathy in the audience.

 

 

 

Best Supporting Actress BADHAAI HO (Hindi) Supporting Actress: Surekha Sikri

 

Rajat Kamal and

Rs. 50,000/-

A compelling performance as a Matriarch with a modern attitude.
Best Child Artist ONDALLA ERADALLA

(Kannada)

 

HARJEETA (Punjabi)

 

HAMID (Urdu)

 

 

NAAL (Marathi)

 

P V Rohith

 

 

 

Sameep Singh

 

 

Talha Arshad Reshi

 

 

Shrinivas Pokale

 

 

Rajat Kamal and

Rs. 50,000/-

For impishly manoeuvering through a series of events, while staying focused on his character.

 

For effectively depicting the struggle of a Hockey player to rise from his rural roots.

 

For the poise in the character depicting a range of emotions.

 

For performing effortlessly through complicated emotions.

Best Male Playback Singer PADMAAVAT (Hindi) Arijit Singh

Song “ Binte Dil Misriya mein …. ”

 

Rajat Kamal and

Rs. 50,000/-

 

For unique tonal quality of voice with perfect blend of emotion and technique.
Best Female Playback Singer NATHICHARAMI (Kannada) Bindhu Malini

Song “ Maayavi Manave…..”

 

Rajat Kamal and

Rs. 50,000/-

 

For rendering a haunting melody that appears to be the voice of the conscience of the protagonist.
Best Cinematography OLU (Malayalam)

 

Cameraman: M J Radhakrishnan

 

 

Rajat Kamal and

Rs. 50,000/-

Different landscapes, elements and texture come alive to bring a sense of beauty and grace.
Best Screenplay CHI ARJUN LA SOW

(Telugu)

 

 

 

ANDHADHUN (Hindi)

 

 

 

 

 

TARIKH (Bengali)

 

Screenplay writer (original):

Rahul Ravindran

 

 

Screenplay writer (adapted): Sriram Raghavan , Arijit Biswas, Yogesh Chandekar, Hemant  Rao & Pooja Ladha Surti

 

Dialogue Writer:

Churni Ganguly

 

Rajat Kamal and

Rs. 50,000/- (each)

The screenplay is modern take on the traditional custom of arranged marriage.

 

 

 

Crisp and  intriguing story that keeps the audiences on tenterhooks.

 

 

 

 

 

Deep meaningful conversations  that explore interpersonal relationships.

Best Audiography TENDLYA (Marathi)

 

 

 

 

URI :THE SURGICAL

 STRIKE (Hindi)

 

 

RANGASTHALAM (Telugu)

Location Sound Recordist (for sync sound films only) :

Gaurav Verma

 

Sound Designer :

 Bishwadeep Dipak Chatterjee

 

Re- recordist of the final mixed track:

Raja Krishnan M.R

 

Rajat Kamal and

Rs. 50,000/- (each)

The flavour and mood of the small town is vastly enhanced by the ambient aural quality.

 

An orchestra of created as well as recorded aural dimensions.

 

 

Playing with beauty and essence of the tonal quality of the silence.

Best Editing NATHICHARAMI (Kannada) Editor:

Nagendra K Ujjani

 

 

Rajat Kamal and

Rs. 50,000/-

Crisp and smooth transition between different characters is a hallmark.
Best Production Design KAMMARA SAMBHAVAM (Malayalam) Production  Designer:

Bangalan

 

Rajat Kamal and

Rs. 50,000/-

Preparing relevant terrains and sets of different periods and cultures.

 

 

Best Costume Designer MAHANATI (Telugu) Costume Director:

Indrakshi Pattanaik, Gaurang Shah &  Archana Rao

 

Rajat Kamal and Rs.50,000/- Evolution of costumes in the Telugu film industry from Black & White era to modern times.
Best Make-up Artist AWE (Telugu) Make-up Artist:

Ranjith

Rajat Kamal and

Rs. 50,000/-

For bringing out the texture of each face and giving personality to every character.

 

Best Music Direction PAADMAAVAT (Hindi)

 

URI :THE SURGICAL

 STRIKE (Hindi)

 

Music Director (Songs):

Sanjay Leela Bhansali

 

Music Director (Background Music):

Shashwat Sachdev

 

 

Rajat Kamal and

Rs. 50,000/- (each)

All the songs lift the mood of the film and give a different dimension to the narrative.

 

The background score excels in providing the right atmosphere for the film.

Best Lyrics NATHICHARAMI (Kannada) Lyricist:  Manjunatha S (Manasor)

Song “ Maayavi Manave….”

 

Rajat Kamal and

Rs. 50,000/-

Revolutionary thoughts strung together to convey the innermost feelings of a young woman ready to break societal shackles.
Special Jury Award HELLARO (Gujarati)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

&

 

KEDARA (Bengali)

Actresses :  Shraddha Dangar, Shachi Joshi, Denisha Ghumra, Neelam Paanchal, Tarjani Bhadla, Brinda Nayak, Tejal Panchasara, Kaushambi Bhatt, Ekta Bachwani, Kamini Panchal, Jagruti Thakore, Riddhi Yadav & Prapti Mehta

 

&

 

Director : Indradip Dasgupta

 

Rajat Kamal and

Rs. 2,00,000/- (Shared)

For the ability of a group of rural women characters, acting as a unit, to bring about social transformation while taking the audience through an emotional catharsis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For using a range of Cinematic Techniques  and Methodology to explore one single main character in a limited space.

Best Special Effects AWE (Telugu)

 

&

 

 

KGF (Kannada)

Srushti Creative Studio

 

&

 

 

Unifi Media

 

 

Rajat Kamal and

Rs. 50,000/- (Shared)

For the dexterity and finesse in bringing to a cohesive conclusion multiple stories and characters in a visually effective manner.

 

The film successfully and convincingly creates an era of a rough neighborhood, during the 80s.

 

Best Choreography PADMAAVAT (Hindi) Kruti Mahesh Madya

&

Jyoti Tomar

 

Song: Ghoomar

 

Rajat Kamal and

Rs. 50,000/- (Shared)

 

Exquisite delicate movements synchronized beautifully, creating a visual treat.
Best Action Direction Award (Stunt Choreography) KGF (Kannada)) Vikram More

&

Anbu Ariv

Rajat Kamal and

Rs. 50,000/- (Shared)

A mono chromatic and visceral display of power struggle.

 

 

  Best Feature Film in each of the language specified in the Schedule VIII of the Constitution        
Best Gujarati Film

 

REVA Producer: Brainbox Studios

 

Director:  Rahul Surendrabhai Bhole &

Vinit Kumar Ambubhai Kanojiya

Rajat Kamal and

Rs. 1,00,000/-

 

 

Rajat Kamal and

Rs. 1,00,000/- (Shared)

The film depicts the transformation from material to spiritual journey of an NRI.
Best Punjabi Film

 

HARJEETA Producer: Sizzlin Productions

 

Director: Vijay Kumar Arora

 

Rajat Kamal and

Rs. 1,00,000/- (each)

A biopic of a Hockey player, who struggles through his rural background and poverty to rise to the top of his game.
Best Assamese Film

 

BULBUL CAN SING Producer: Flying River Films

Director: Rima Das

Rajat Kamal and

Rs. 1,00,000/- (each)

For capturing the trials, tribulations and aspirations of a group of teenagers in  rural Assamese backdrop.
Best Konkani Film

 

AMORI Producer: Opus Ga La

 

Director: Dinesh P Bhonsle

Rajat Kamal and

Rs. 1,00,000/- (each)

An individual’s effort and struggle to correct and overcome a past event.
Best Kannada Film

 

NATHICHARAMI Producer: Tejaswini Enterprises

 

Director: Manjunatha S. (Mansore)

Rajat Kamal and

Rs. 1,00,000/- (each)

Poignantly and sensitively capturing a modern day women’s conflict with set norms, mores and values.
Best Telugu Film MAHANATI Producer: Swapna  Cinema

 

Director: Nag Ashwin

Rajat Kamal and

Rs. 1,00,000/- (each)

Biopic of a great Telugu actress effectively told.
Best Malayalam Film

 

SUDANI FROM NIGERIA Producer: The Happy Hours Entertainments

 

Director: Zakariya

Rajat Kamal and

Rs. 1,00,000/- (each)

With a backdrop of sports, the film explores the complexity of emotions in a mother-son relationship.
Best Bengali Film

 

EK JE CHHILO RAJA Producer: SVF Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.

Director: Srijit Mukherjee

Rajat Kamal and

Rs. 1,00,000/- (each)

Based on a true story, the film traces the journey of a Maharaja through his quest for identity.
Best Urdu Film

 

HAMID Producer: Saregama India Limited

 

Director: Aijaz Khan

Rajat Kamal and

Rs. 1,00,000/- (each)

A child’s perspective of religion and life, as he searches for his lost father.
Best Hindi Film

 

ANDHADHUN Producer: Matchbox Pictures Pvt. Ltd.

 

Director: Sriram Raghavan

  The film is a judicious mix of intrigue and creativity.
Best Tamil Film

 

BAARAM Producer: Reckless Roses

 

Director: Priya Krishnaswamy 

Rajat Kamal and

Rs. 1,00,000/- (each)

A man’s fight to expose the traditional practice of euthanasia in a Tamil village.
Best Marathi Film

 

BHONGA Producer: Nalinee Productions

 

Director: Shivaji Lotan Patil

Rajat Kamal and

Rs. 1,00,000/- (each)

The film contrasts spirituality with mindless ritualism.
 

 

Best Feature Film in each of the languages other than those specified in Schedule VIII of the Constitution        
Best Garo Film

 

MA’AMA Producer: Anna Films

 

Director: Dominic Sangma

Rajat Kamal and

Rs. 1,00,000/- (each)

The film follows an old man’s relentless quest for a reunion with his dead wife.
Best Sherdukpan Film

 

MISHING Producer: BB Entertainment Trade Private Limited

 

Director: Bobby Sarma Baruah

Rajat Kamal and

Rs. 1,00,000/- (each)

The film explores the alternate reality of a remote village in Arunachal Pradesh.
Best Pangchenpa Film

 

IN THE LAND OF POISON WOMEN Producer: Aaas Productions

 

Director: Manju Borah

Rajat Kamal and

Rs. 1,00,000/- (each)

The film is a depiction of an individual’s effort to break the myth of ‘poison women’ in a remote part of Arunachal Pradesh.
Best Rajasthani Film

 

TURTLE Producer: Shivazza Films & Entertainment

 

Director: Dinesh S Yadav

 

 

Rajat Kamal and

Rs. 1,00,000/- (each)

Based on a popular Rajasthani folk tale, the film deals with the issue of water crisis.
Special Mention NATHICHARAMI (Kannada)

 

KADAKH (Hindi)

 

 

JOSEPH (Malayalam)

 

SUDANI FROM NIGERIA (Malayalam)

Sruthi Hariharan (Actress)

 

Chandrachoor Rai (Actor)

 

Joju George (Actor)

 

 

Savithri (Actress)

Certificate For the complex and nuanced portrayal of a new age Indian woman.

 

Effective depiction of the emotions of an agitated husband.

 

For a convincing portrayal of a vigilante, who busts a  “ Human organ”  racket.

 

For subtly portraying the emotions of a mother.

 

 

Non-Feature Films Section

 

S.No. Name of Award Title of Film Awardee Medal

& Cash Prize

Citation
BEST NON-FEATURE FILM  Son Rise

 

&

 

The Secret Life of Frogs

Producer: V2 Films & Design Pvt. Ltd.

 

Director :Vibha Bakshi

 

&

 

Producer:Bedi Universal

 

Director :Ajay Bedi   & Vijay Bedi

 

SWARNA Kamal

 

Rs 1,50,000/-

each

For its powerful portrayal of the mindset and effects of female infanticide, one of the country’s most heinous mass crimes, and for portraying the courage of those who stand to fight against it where it is most prevalent.

 

For telling the tale, with profundity and beauty, of one of the world’s most unique and hitherto neglected amphibians.

BEST DEBUT NON-FEATURE FILM OF A DIRECTOR Feluda_50 Years Rays Detective Producer & Director :Sagnik Chatterjee

 

RAJAT  Kamal

 

Rs 75,000/- each

For springing to life and celebrating Satyajit Ray’s most popular fictional character, with depth and aesthetic, across varied media.
BEST ARTS and CULTURE FILM Bunkar: The Last of The Varanasi Weavers Producer:Narrative Pictures  & S apana Sharma

 

Director :Satyaprakash Upadhyay

RAJAT  Kamal

 

Rs 50,000/- each

For it’s rich, textured tapestry of the history, life, craft and art of the traditional Varanasi weaver, and their cultured dignity in the face of numerous challenges.

 

BEST SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY FILM

 

G.D.Naidu : The Edison Of India Producer:Films Division

 

Director :Renjith Kumar

RAJAT  Kamal

 

Rs 50,000/- each

For its portrayal of GD Naidu’s incisive mind and extraordinary life, spotlighting the inspirational range of his scientific inventions.

 

BEST PROMOTIONAL FILM Rediscovering Jajam Producer:Rachel Bracken Singh

 

Director :Avinash Maurya & Kriti Gupta

 

RAJAT  Kamal

 

Rs 50,000/- each

For effectively promoting the traditional craft of Jajam, (a spread textile), inextricably woven within the social fabric of local communities in Rajasthan, now fading with time.
BEST ENVIRONMENT FILM The World’s Most Famous Tiger Producer:Natural History Unit India

 

Director :Subbiah  Nallamuthu

 

RAJAT  Kamal

 

Rs 50,000/- each

For capturing the life and extraordinary legacy of Machli, the erstwhile Queen of Ranthambore, and her part in regenerating tiger population that helps keep the forest alive.
BEST FILM ON SOCIAL ISSUES Taala Te Kunjee Producer:Simardeep Singh Bhatia

 

Director :Shilpi Gulati

 

RAJAT  Kamal

 

Rs 50,000/- each

For empathetically shining a light on the recovery of addicts and the role of loved ones, while quietly yet potently depicting the destruction that substance abuse brings to home and family.
BEST EDUCATIONAL FILM

 

Sarala Virala Producer:Sujatha H R

 

Director :Eregowda

 

RAJAT  Kamal

 

Rs 50,000/- each

 

 

For highlighting the fundamentals of organic living through the life of L Narayan Reddy, whose simplicity, philosophy and knowledge is an example for others to follow, especially the young.
BEST FILM ON  SPORTS Swimming Through The Darkness Producer:Perspective

 

Director :Supriyo Sen

RAJAT  Kamal

 

Rs 50,000/- each

For thoughtfully portraying the challenges and life-quest of its visually impaired swimmer, as he indefatigably pursues his sport, his dreams and desires, through impeding darkness.
BEST INVESTIGATIVE FILM Amoli Producer:Culture Machine Media Pvt. Ltd.

 

Director :Jasmine Kaur Roy    &     Avinash Roy

RAJAT  Kamal

 

Rs 50,000/- each

For its gritty examination of why and how young girls are coerced into commercial sex work, destroying their lives and minds, and for depicting their courage to survive.
SPECIAL JURY AWARD

 

Why Me? –  Director

 

&

 

Ekaant – Art Direction

Director :Harish Shah

 

&

 

 

Art Director :Neeraj Singh

 

RAJAT  Kamal

 

Rs 1,00,000/- each

 

For the tenor of the director’s indomitable spirit, even as throat cancer claims his voice.

 

For its surrealistic design and imagery of a bleak, impending catastrophe.

BEST SHORT FICTION FILM

 

Kharvas Producer:Shree Mahalasa Productions Ponda

 

Director :Aditya Suhas Jambhale

RAJAT  Kamal

 

Rs 50,000/- each

For its production, direction and powerful performances in engagingly telling the story of how the psyche may implode and then heal, through an unleashing of trauma
BEST FILM ON FAMILY VALUES

 

Chalo Jeete Hain Producer:Sundial Ventures Pvt. Ltd.

 

Director :Mangesh Hadawale

RAJAT  Kamal

 

Rs 50,000/- each

For highlighting, through its young protagonist, the humanitarian value of how one may live for others, beyond one’s own self.
BEST DIRECTION Aai Shappath Director :Gautam Vaze Swarna Kamal

 

Rs 1,50,000/-each

 

For its unpretentious execution and sensitive treatment of an anxious eight-year-old, gripped by the fear of a false promise.
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY The Secret Life of Frogs Cameraman:Ajay Bedi &

Vijay Bedi

RAJAT  Kamal

 

Rs 50,000/-

For its consistent, relentless and splendid work in formidable circumstances, of visually capturing the life cycle and habitat of an endangered amphibian.
BEST ON-LOCATION SOUND RECORDIST The Secret Life of Frogs On location sound recordist :Ajay Bedi RAJAT  Kamal

 

Rs 50,000/-

For uniformly capturing the delicate sounds of its tiny protagonists and of the wild and unpredictable environs they inhabit.
BEST AUDIOGRAPHY Children of The Soil Re-recordist (final mixed track) :Bishwadeep Chatterjee

 

RAJAT  Kamal

 

Rs 50,000/- each

For potently bringing to life, through sound design, every element in this poignant tale of farmer suicides.
BEST EDITING

 

Son Rise Editor :Hemanti Sarkar

 

RAJAT  Kamal

 

Rs 50,000/- each

For its faultless pace and seamless structure in drawing the viewer into the depth and gravity of the film’s focus, through varied space, location and time.
BEST MUSIC DIRECTION Jyoti Music Director:Kedar Divekar RAJAT  Kamal

 

Rs 50,000/-

For its use of folk and traditional verse and music to suitably build on this 19th century tale of women’s education.
BEST NARRATION/ VOICE OVER Madhubani – The Station of Colours Deepak Agnihotri

&

Urvija Upaddhyay

RAJAT  Kamal

 

Rs 50,000/- each

For narrating, with conviction and eloquence, the unique story of Madhubani folk art and its use in the town’s railway station.

 

 

SPECIAL MENTION
  1. Mahaan Hutatma – Director

 

  1. Glow Worm in a Jungle – Director

 

  1. Laddoo
Director :Sagar Puranik

 

 

 

Director :Ramana Dumpala

 

 

 

Director :  Sameer Sadhwani & Kishor Sadhwani

CERTIFICATE (Each) For portraying the power of the patriotic spirit, and infusing it across generations.

 

 

For the Director’s amazing find and crisp portrayal of Hema Sane – author, philosopher and former professor – who lives unusually, without amenities, in the city.

 

For enlivening religious harmony, through the innocent yet adamant questions of its seven-year-old protagonist.

 

Best writing on Cinema

Best Book on Cinema

S. No. Title of the Book Name of the Author Name of the Publisher Citation
Mouna Prathanapole  (Malayalam)

 

 

 

 

Swarna Kamal and Rs. 75,000/- (Shared)

 

Author : S Jayachandran Nair

 

 

Kerala State Chalachitra Academy

 

 

 

S Jayachandra Nair’s Mounaprarthana Pole (Like A Silent Prayer) is a detailed appreciation on the cinema of auteur G Aravindan’s  in a format that makes for approachable reading for both the serious cinema student and the common man. The book analyses Aravindan’s creations from the point of view of his cultural and personal backgrounds, and deals with both the filmmaker and his films.

 

 

Special Mention

In A Cult Of Their Own: Bollywood Beyond Box Office (English) Author :Amborish Roychoudhury Rupa Publications India Pvt. Ltd IN a Cult of Their Own: Bollywood Beyond Box Office, by Amborish Roychoudhury is a unique look at various genres of Hindi cinema that fuses the serious with the tongue in cheek. The author fluidly writes on some of the cult films, including some which have acquired their legendary status because of reasons other than cinematic. This book is a fine example of how cinema criticism can transcend quality or the lack of it in cinema itself.

 

Award for Best Film Critic

S. No. Name of Critic Language Medal & Cash Prize Citation
3. Blais Johny

 

&

 

Anant Vijay

Malayalam

 

&

 

Hindi

Swarna Kamal and Rs. 75,000/- (Shared) The critic has written on a wide range of subjects, ranging from impact of identity & caste politics on cinema to the influence and importance of trailers, especially in the context of Tamil and Malayalam cinema. His in depth writing is well researched yet presented in a manner comprehensible to everyone.

 

His writing is well researched, embellished with anecdotes and is easy to read. His understanding of the contemporary socio-political nuances of Hindi cinema is reflected in his articles.

 

Award for Most Film Friendly State

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 Utttarakhand Film Development Council among other pro-active initiatives.

The Committee noted that the amendment of the Uttarakhand Film Policy as per office memorandum/ communication date 6th February 2019 clearly highlights the above-mentioned initiatives. It also noted that the State was in the process of setting up a dedicated web portal www.udfc.gov.in for online submission for seeking permissions, payments and approvals etc. and has done away with the levy of any shooting charges.

 

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