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K Viswanath wins Dadasaheb Phalke Award for 2016

Veteran filmmaker and actor Kasinadhuni Viswanath has been conferred Dadasaheb Phalke award for 2016 by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting. The award consists of a Swarn Kamal (Golden Lotus), a cash prize of Rs. 10 lakhs and a shawl.

K Viswanath

Viswanath was born in February 1930 in Andhra Pradesh. As a director he has made fifty films on varied themes of art, music and dance. In 1992, he received Padmashri Award for his contribution to film making. He has also won 5 National Awards, 20 Nandi Awards of Andhra Pradesh government, 10 Filmfare Awards including Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dadasaheb Phalke Award

The award is conferred by the Union Government for outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian Cinema. The Award was established in 1969 to commemorate the birth centenary year of father of Indian cinema, Dadasaheb Phalke. It is the highest official recognition (award) in Indian cinema. It is given on the basis of recommendations of a committee of eminent personalities set up by the government.

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‘Newton’ wins Jury Prize for Best Film at the Hong Kong International Film Festival

Hindi film ‘Newton’ has won the Jury Prize for Best Film at the Hong Kong International Film Festival. Earlier, the film had its world premiere at Berlinale and got its first global recognition by winning the Art Cinema award for the Forum section at Berlinale. The film also went to 16th Annual Tribeca Film Festival.

Newton is a political comedy film directed by Amit Masurkar. The story revolves around a clerk on election duty in a conflict-ridden region of Chhattisgarh. The movie was shot in the jungles of Chattisgarh.

Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF)

The Hong Kong International Film Festival was founded in 1976 and is Asia’s oldest international film festival. Every year, it introduces Hong Kong, Chinese, Asian cinema and filmmakers to the world. It screens more than 250 titles from over 55 countries at each edition of the festival.

 

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64th National Film Awards

The 64th National Film Awards for year 2016 were announced on 07 April 2017.  Marathi film Kasaav won the award in the Best Feature Film category and Fireflies in the Abyss won in the Non-Feature Film Category.

Telugu drama film Sathamanam Bhavathi directed by Satish Vegesna was selected as the Best Popular film providing wholesome entertainment.

Background

Over 300 films vied for the honours this year. The winners in feature films category were chosen by jury headed by Filmmaker Priyadarshan and winners in non-feature category were chosen by jury headed nationally acclaimed cinematographer and writer Raju Misra.

The 64th National Film Awards in the various categories are as follows
  • Best Feature Film: Kasaav (Marathi).
  • Non-Feature Film: Fireflies in the Abyss.
  • Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment: Sathamanam Bhavathi
  • Best Direction: Rajesh (Ventilator)
  • Best Actor: Akhay Kumar (Rustom)
  • Best Actress: Surabhi Lakshmi (Minnaminungu)
  • Best Supporting Actress: Zaira Wasim (Dangal)
  • Best Child Artist: Adhish Praveen (Kunju Daivam), Saj (Noor Islam), Manohara (Railway Children)
  • Best stunt choreography: Peter Hein (Pulimurugan)
  • Best Children’s Film: Dhanak (Hindi)
  • Best Film on social issue: Pink
  • Best Male Playback Singer: Sundara Iyer (Joker)
  • Best Female Playback Singer: Thume jaake
  • Best Screenplay (original): Syam Pushkaran (Maheshinte Prathikaram)
  • Best Screenplay (adapted): Sanjay Krishnaji patel (Dashakriya)
  • Best Editing: Rameshwar Ventilator
  • Sound designer: Jayadevan (Kaadu Pookunna Neram)
  • Best production design: 24
  • Best Costume Designer: Sachin (Marathi film)
  • Best Environmental film including agriculture: The Tiger who crossed the line
  • Best Make-up Artist: MK Ramakrishna
  • Best Music Direction: Babu Padmanabha (Kannada Lama)
  • Special Mention: Kadvi Hawa (Hindi), Mukthi Bhavan (Hindi), Majirathi Keki (Assamese), Sonam Kapoor (Neerja).
  • Special Jury award: Mohanlal( Pulimurugan), Janatha Garage and Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol.
  • Best feature films in regional languages: Madipur (Tulu), Joker (Tamil), Wrongside Raju (Gujarati), Pelli Chupulu (Telugu), Dashakriya (Marathi), Bisarjan’ (Bengali), Maheshinte Prathikaram (Malayalam), Ke Sara Sara (Konkini), Reservation (Kannada) and Neerja (Hindi).

About National Film Awards

  • The National Film Awards are most prominent film award ceremonies in India. It was established in 1954. Since then awarded annually.
  • Winners in different categories of these awards are selected by the national panel of Juries appointed by Union Government. These awards are presented by the President of India in the official ceremony.

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