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News |  04 May 2017 15:27 |  By BB Nagpal

Reflect on constructive and meaningful engagement through cinema: Naidu

NEW DELHI: President Pranab Mukherjee said the creation of the Film Promotion Fund would help promote and motivate talented independent filmmakers to promote their work across the globe in various International Film Festivals.

Mukherjee described the film industry as a microcosm of India which celebrated the diversity of languages, customs, religions and culture.

Indian Cinema and its diversity convey an underlying spirit of brotherhood, tolerance, acceptance and co-existence, he said, adding that the inherent strength of the unity in spite of diversity was the cultural heritage inherited through the ages.

The President was speaking after giving away the 64th National Film Awards for 2016. Information & Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu and MoS Rajyavardhan Rathore were also present on the occasion.  

The National Film Awards were presented on 3 May as it is the day on which the first-ever indigenous feature ‘Raja Harishchandra’ by D G Phalke was released in 1913.

The President also conferred this year’s Dada Saheb Phalke Award to K Viswanath, renowned film director and actor, for his outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian cinema. A presenter of classical and traditional art, music and dance, K Viswanath has been a guiding force in the Indian film industry.

Naidu said care and caution should be taken while depicting stories of tragedy and all stakeholders should reflect on the creative, constructive and meaningful engagement through the medium of cinema.

Indian cinema had remarkably showcased the vast richness of the country’s cultural diversity, beautiful landscapes and languages and had been a great unifying force in promoting national integration, he said.

While complementing the film industry, he said filmmakers had set their mind on delivering excellence and promoting societal values. The film industry should join hands to facilitate mission the making of developed India as it has strong influence on society and its values.

He said movies that had won awards focus on a variety of issues and themes ranging from discrimination, love, historical relationships and relevant social challenges. He added that the National Film Awards showcase the capacity to set standards and to recognize the efforts of Indian filmmakers and artists who achieve heights.       

Speaking about the Films as a medium of communication, Naidu said it was the most beautiful form of expression that encompassed a multitude of visual arts such as music, dance and drama. It was also a medium through which contemporary socio- economic, political and cultural issues of individuals and society are showcased. The language of cinema is a universal one. It has been a powerful tool to reach out to people transcending the boundaries in society.

The Best Female Playback Singer award went to Iman Chakraborty for Bengali film 'Praktan' song 'Tumi Jaake Bhalo Basho'.  Sundharayyar was named the best Male Playback Singer in the Tamil film 'Joker' for the song 'Jasmine E'.  

‘Tumi Jaake Bhalo Basho’ also bagged the award for best lyrics for Anupama Roy.

The Best Music Direction Award went to Bapu Padmanabha for the Kannada film ‘Allamma’. The Best Lyrics Awards was also shared by Vairamuthu for the song ‘Entha Pakkam’ from ‘Dharma Durai’ (Tamil).

In the non-feature category, Tanuj Tiku got the Best Music Award for ‘Leeches’. Best Audiography Awards went to Jayadevan Chakka Dath for ‘Kaadu Pookkunna Neram’ (Malayalam) and Alok De for ‘Ventilator’ (Marathi).

A new category was added at the National Awards this year and it was Best On location Sound Recordist (non-feature films). The award went to Christopher Burchell for ‘Remembering Kurdi’.   

The full list of awards can be seen at