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65th National Film Awards

The 65th National Film Awards for year 2017 were announced by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on 13 April 2018. Assamese film Village Rockstars won the award in the Best Feature Film category. Baahubali 2: The Conclusion directed by S. S. Rajamouli was selected as the Best Popular film providing wholesome entertainment. Shekhar Kapur was the head of the Jury this edition of awards feature films.

Awards in various categories are as follows

Dada Saheb Phalke Award: Vinod Khanna

Best Feature Film: Village Rockstars (Assamese)

Best Director: Jayaraj for Bhayanakam (Malayalam)

Best Actress: Sridevi for ‘Mom’

Best Actor: Riddhi Sen for ‘Nagar Kirtan’

Best Director: Jayaraj for ‘Bhayanakam’ (Malayalam)

Best Action Direction: ‘Baahubali 2: The Conclusion’

Best Choreography: Ganesh Acharya for ‘Toilet Ek Prem Katha’

Best Special Effects: ‘Baahubali 2: The Conclusion’

Special Jury Award: Nagar Kirtan (Bengali)

Best Lyrics: Muthurathinam

Best Music Direction: AR Rahman for ‘Katru Veliyidayi’

Best Make-up Artist: Ram Rajak for ‘Nagar Kirtan’

Best Costume: Gobinda Mandal for ‘Nagar Kirtan’

Best Production Design: Santosh Rajan ‘Take Off’

Best Editing: Rima Das for ‘Village Rockstar’

Best Sound Design: ‘Walking With The Wind’

Best Audiography (Location Sound): Mallika Das, Village Rockstar

Best Location Sound Recording: Mallika Das for ‘Village Rockstar’

Best Screenplay Original: Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum

Best Screenplay Adapted: Bhayanakam

Best Cinematography: Bhayanakam

Best Female Playback Singer: Sashaa Tirupati for ‘Kaatru Veliyidayi’

Best Male Playback Singer: K.J Yesudas for song ‘Poy Maranja Kalam’ from ‘Viswasapoorvam Mansoor’

Best Child Artist: Anita Das for ‘Village Rockstar’

Best Children’s Film: ‘Mhorkya’

Best Film on Environmental Conservation: ‘Irada’

Best Direction: Jayaraj for ‘Bhayanakam’

Best Feature Film on National Integration: Dhappa (Marathi)

Best Debut Film of Director: ‘Sinjar’

Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment: ‘Baahubali 2: The Conclusion’

Best Regional Films Special Mention:

Marathi: Mhorkya

Malayalam: Take Off

Best Regional Films:

Hindi: Newton

Ladakh: Walking With The Wind

Lakshadweep: Sinjar

Tulu: Paddayi

Marathi: Kachcha Limboo

Malayalam: Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum

Kannada: Hebbettu Ramakka

Bengali: Mayurakshi

Assamese: Ishu

Telugu: Ghazi

Gujarati: Dhh

Odiya: Hello Arsi

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 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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Government constitutes committee to regulate news portals

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B) has constituted 10-member committee to regulate online portals, including news websites, entertainment sites and media aggregators.

The committee will include secretaries of departments of Home, Electronics and Information and Technology, Legal Affairs and Industrial Policy and Promotion. The CEO of MyGov and representative each of Press Council of India (PCI) and National Broadcasters’ Association (NBA) will also be part of committee.

Key Facts

The committee will look to bring online information dissemination under regulation. It will propose policy for foreign direct investment (FDI) in this media. It will to look at international best practices on such existing regulatory mechanism. It will cover print and electronic media as well as entertainment sites.

Background

At present both print and electronic media are regulated but online media (print and electronic media as well as entertainment sites) does not come under any regulatory mechanism. The content telecast on television channels are regulated in terms of programme and advertisement codes under Cable Television Networks Rules, 1994. Similarly, autonomous body Press Council of India (PCI) regulates the print media.

The social media platforms like Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter which are widely used for online information dissemination comes under purview of Department of Telecom, Ministry of Communications and IT and don’t fall in domain of I&B ministry, which looks at news, entertainment, infotainment, films and music.

Brainstorming over regulation of online news content had started because Government has felt that large numbers of people were depending on online media for news and that there should be some mechanism to check spread of misinformation (fake news) on the internet.

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