On July 22, 2022, the 68th National Film Awards were announced at the National Media Centre in New Delhi, Delhi to honour best films of 2020 of Indian Cinema. The event for the same was organized by the Directorate of Film Festivals, which comes under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB).
- The best feature film award was conferred to Soorarai Pottru (Tamil). It also bagged most number of awards i.e. 5.
- The Best Actor award shared by Suriya and Ajay Devgn.
- The Best Actress award bagged by Actress Aparna Balamurali.
- The awards are categorized into five. They are Dadasaheb Phalke Award (Lifetime Achievement Award), Feature films, Non feature films, Best writing on cinema, and Most film friendly state.
- Dadasaheb Phalke Award 2020 will be announced later.
Who announced the awards?
The awards were announced by Chitrartha Singh, Chairperson, Non-Feature Jury; Anant Vijay, Chairperson, Best Writing on Cinema Jury; and Dharam Gulati, Feature Film Jury (Member – Central Panel) in presence of Ms. Neerja Sekhar, Additional Secretary, MIB.
- The awards ceremony was originally slated to be held on 3 May 2021 but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jury Members-Feature Film:
There was a 10-member jury for Feature Film which was chaired by filmmaker Vipul Shah, and include members cinematographer Dharam Gulati, National Award-winning Bengali actor Sreelekha Mukherjee, cinematographer GS Bhaskar, A Karthikraaja, VN Aditya, Viji Thampi, Sanjeev Rattan, S Thangadurai and Nishigandha.
- Priyadarshanand was the Chair of jury for Most Film Friendly State.
Following is the list of awardees under different categories:
Six categories from the Feature Films section, two from the Non-Feature Films and Best Writing on Cinema sections each have been made eligible for Swarna Kamal (Golden Lotus Award) and the rest of the categories for Rajat Kamal (Silver Lotus Award).
- There were no awards announced for ‘Best Animated Film 2020′ under Feature Films section and ‘Best Film Critic 2020′ under Best Writing on Cinema section. Both categories have been made eligible for Swarna Kamal.
Golden Lotus Award (Swarna Kamal):
All the awardees under this award are presented with a certificate and cash prize.
Swarna Kamal Award for Feature Film
|Category||Film||Language||Awardee||Cash Prize (Rs)|
|Best Feature Film||Soorarai Pottru||Tamil||Producer: 2D Entertainment Pvt.Ltd, Director – Sudha Kongara||250000|
|Best Direction||Ayyappanum Koshiyum||Malayalam||Director: Sachidanandan KR||250000|
|Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment||Tanhaji||Hindi||Producer: Ajay Devgn FFilms, Director: Om Raut||200,000 each|
|Best Children’s Film||Sumi||Marathi||Producer: Harshall Kamat Entertainment, Director: Amol Vasant Gole||150,000 each|
|Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of a Director||Mandela||Tamil||Producer: YNOT Studios , Director: Madonne Ashwin||125,000 each|
Swarna Kamal Award for Non-Feature Film
|Best Direction||Oh That’s Bhanu||English, Tamil, Malayalam & Hindi||Director: RV Ramani||Rs 1,50,000|
|Best non-feature film||Testimony of Ana||Dangi||Producer & Director: Sachin Dheeraj Mundigonda||Rs. 1,50,000|
Swarna Kamal Award for Best Writing on Cinema
|Best Book on Cinema||‘The Longest Kiss‘||English||authored by Kishwar Desai, and published by Westland Publications.||Rs 75,000|
Silver Lotus Awards (Rajat Kamal)
All the awardees under this award are conferred with a certificate and cash prize.
- There was no award announced for Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration 2020.
|Category||Film||Language||Winner||Cash Prize (Rs)|
|Rajat Kamal Award for Feature Films|
|Best Actor||Soorarai Pottru||Tamil||Suriya||50,000 each|
|Best Actress||Soorarai Pottru||Tamil||Aparna Balamurali||50000|
|Best Supporting Actor||Ayyappanum Koshiyum||Malayalam||Biju Menon||50000|
|Best Supporting Actress||Sivaranjiniyum Innum Sila Pengalum||Tamil||Lakshmi Priyaa Chandramouli||50000|
|Best Film on Social Issues||Funeral||Marathi||Producer: Before After Entertainment Director: Vivek Dubey||1,50,000 each|
|Best Film on Environment Conservation/Preservation||Taledanda (Beheading a Life)||Kannada||Producer: Krupanidhi KreationsDirector: Praveen Krupakar||1,50,000 each|
|Best Child Artist||Tak-Tak||Marathi (Both)||Anish MangeshGosavi|
Akanksha Pingle &Divyesh Indulkar
|Best Male Playback Singer||Mi Vasantrao||Marathi||Singer: Rahul Deshpande||50000|
|Best Female Playback Singer||AK Ayyappanum Koshiyum||Malayalam||Singer: Nanchama||50000|
|Best Cinematography||Avijatrik (The Wanderlust of Apu)||Bengali||Cameraman: Supratim Bhol||50000|
|Best Screenplay||Soorarai Pottru||Tamil||Screenplay writer (original): Shalini Usha Nair & Sudha Kongara||50,000 each|
|Best Audiography||Dollu||Kannada||Location Sound Recordist (for sync sound films only): Jobin Jayan||50,000 each|
|Mi Vasantrao||Marathi||Sound Designer: Anmol Bhave|
|Best Editing||Sivaranjaniyum Innum Sila Pengallum||Tamil||Editor: Sreekar Prasad||50000|
|Best Production Design||Kappela(Chapel)||Malayalam||Production Designer: Anees Nadodi||50000|
|Best Costume Designer||Tanhaji :The Unsung Warrior||Hindi||Costume Designer: Nachiket Barve & Mahesh Sherla||50,000 (shared)|
|Best Make-up Artist||Natyam ( Dance)||Telugu||Make-up Artist: T V Rambabu||50000|
|Best Music Direction||Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo||Telugu||Music Director (Songs): Thaman S||50,000 each|
|Soorarai Pottru||Tamil||Music Director (Background Score): G V Prakash Kumar|
|Best Lyrics||Saina||Hindi||Lyricist: Manoj Muntashir||50000|
|Best Choreography||Natyam ( Dance)||Telugu||Choreographer: Sandhya Raju||50000|
|Best Action Direction Award (Stunt Choreography)||AK Ayyappanum Koshiyum||Malayalam||Stunt Choreography: Rajasekhar , Mafia Sasi & Supreme Sunder||50000|
|Best Feature Film in each of the language specified in the Schedule VIII of the Constitution|
|Best Assamese Film||Bridge||Assamese||Producer: Sabita Devi ,Director: Kripal Kalita||1,00,000 each|
|Best Bengali Film||Avijatrik( The Wanderlust of Apu)||Bengali||Producer: GMB Films Pvt.ltdDirector: Subhrajit Mitra||1,00,000 each|
|Best Hindi Film||Toolsidas Junior||Hindi||Producer: Ashutosh Gowariker Productions Pvt.LtdDirector: Mridul Toolsidass||1,00,000 each|
|Best Kannada Film||Dollu||Kannada||Producer: Wadeeyar MoviesDirector: Sagar Puranik||1,00,000 each|
|Best Marathi Film||Goshta Eka Paithanichi (Tale of a Paithani)||Marathi||Producer: Planet MarathiDirector: Shantanu Ganesh Rode||1,00,000 each|
|Best Malayalam Film||Thinkalazcha Nishchayam (Engagement is on Monday)||Malayalam||Producer: Pushkar Films|
Director: Prasanna Sathyanath Hegde
|Best Tamil Film||Sivaranjaniyum Innum Sila Pengallum||Tamil||Producer: Hamsa Pictures|
Director: Vasanth S Sai
|Best Telugu Film||Colour Photo||Telugu||Producer: Amrutha ProductionsDirector: Angirekula Sandeep Raj||1,00,000 each|
|Best Feature Film in each of the languages other than those specified in Schedule VIII of the Constitution|
|Best Tulu Film||Jeetige||Tulu||Producer: A R ProductionsDirector: Santhosh Mada||1,00,000 each|
|Best Dimasa Film||Semkhor||Dimasa||Producer: Aimee Baruah Production SocietyDirector: Aimee Baruah||1,00,000 each|
|Best Haryanvi Film||Dada Lakhmi||Haryanvi||Producer: Anhad Studio Pvt.Ltd|
Director: Yashpal Sharma
Rajat Kamal for Most Film Friendly State
Rajat Kamal for Non-Feature Films
|Best Investigative Film||The Saviour : Brig.Pritam Singh||Punjabi||Producer: Akal Productions|
Director : Dr. Paramjeet Singh Kattu
|Best narration/ voice over||Rhapsody of Rains- Monsoons of Kerala||English||Voice Over: Shobha Tharoor Sreenivasan||50000|
|Best music direction||1232 Kms: Marenge Toh Wahin Jaakar (1232 Kms– Will Die there only)||Hindi||Music Director: Vishal Bhardwaj||50000|
|Best Editing||Borderlands||Bengali, Nepali Manipuri, Hindi & Punjabi||Editor : Anadi Athaley||50000|
|Best On-Location Sound Recordist||Jadui Jangal (Magical Forest)||Hindi||On location sound recordist: Sandip Bhati & Pradeep Lekhwar||50000|
|Best Audiography||Pearl of the Desert||Rajasthani||Re-recordist (final mixed track): Ajit Singh Rathore||50000|
|Best Cinematography||Shabdikkunna Kalappa (Talking Plow)||Malayalam||Cinematographer: Nikhil S Praveen||50000|
|Best Film On Family Values||Kumkumarchan (Worship of the Goddess)||Marathi||Producer: Studio Filmy Monks|
Director : Abhijeet Arvind Dalvi
|Best Short Fiction Film||Kachichinithu (The Boy with a Gun)||Karbi||Producer & Director : Khanjan Kishore Nath||50000|
|Special Jury Award||Admitted||Hindi & English||Director: Ojaswee Sharma||50000|
|Best Exploration /Adventure Film (to include sports)||Wheeling the Ball||Hindi & English||Producer: Film Division|
Director :Mukesh Sharma
|Best Educational Film||Dreaming of Words||Malayalam||Producer & Director: Nandan||50000|
|Best Film On Social Issues||Justice Delayed but Delivered||Hindi||Producer: Mandeep Chauhan|
Director : Kamakhya Narayan Singh
|Three Sisters||Bengali||Producer : Ratnaboli Ray|
Director : Putul Rafey Mahmood
|Best Environment Film||Manah Aru Manuh (Manas and People)||Assamese||Producer:Directorate, Manas National Park and Aaranyak|
Director : Dip Bhuyan
|Best Promotional Film||Surmounting Challenges||English||Producer : Delhi Metro Rail Corporation limited|
Director :Satish Pande
|Best science and Technology film||On the Brink Season 2- Bats||English||Producer : The Gaia People|
Director : Akanksha Sood Singh
|Best Arts and Culture Film||Naadada Navaneeta DR PT Venkateshkumar|
(Dr. Venkatesh Kumar)
|Kannada||Producer :Dept. of Information and Public Relations, Govt. of Karnataka|
Director : Girish Kasaravalli
|Best Biographical Film||Pabung Syam||Manipuri||Producer : Film Division|
Director : Haobam Paban Kumar
|Best Ethnographic Film||Mandal ke Bol|
(Rhythm of Mandal)
|Hindi||Producer : Madhya Pradesh Tribal Museum-Bhopal|
Director : Rajendra Janglay
|Best Debut Non-Feature Film of a Director||Pariah||Marathi and Hindi||Producer : MIT School of Film & Telivision-Pune|
Director : Vishesh Iyer
Special Jury Mention Award:
It was conferred to the following with Certificates:
i.Special Mention For Feature Films:
|Semkhor||Dimasa||Actress: Aimee Baruah|
|Vaanku||Malayalam||Director : Kavya Prakash|
|June||Marathi||Actor: Siddharth Menon|
|Godakaath & Avwanchhit||Marathi (Both)||Actor: Kishore Kadam|
|Toolsidas Junior||Hindi||Child Actor: Varun Buddhadev|
ii.Most Film Friendly State: Special Mention :
- The states of Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh (UP) were also regarded under ‘Most Film Friendly State: Special Mention’ with Certificates.
iii.The Best Writing on Cinema: Special Mention :
- It was conferred to book ‘MT Anunahvangalude Pusthakam‘ in Malayalam language authored by Anoop Ramakrishnan, and published by Malayalam Panorama.
- The book ‘Kali Paine Kalira Cinema’ written in Odia language by Surya Deo also bagged this special mention. It was published by Pakshighar Prakashanee.
About National Film Awards:
Established in 1954. Nargis Dutt and Uttam Kumar are the first actress and actor to get the Best Actress (then called Urvashi) and Best Actor (then called Bharat) Awards respectively.
- These awards encourage the production of films of aesthetic & technical excellence and social relevance contributing to the understanding of cultures of different regions in cinematic form.
- The juries are appointed by the Directorate of Film Festivals in India.