The 64th National Film Awards have been awarded on Wednesday, 3rd of May 2017 at New Delhi for the films released in the year 2016. This time, it’s a proud feeling to all the Telugu movie lovers, as several awards in multiple categories have been won by our film makers. Including the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke award for the best contribution to Indian cinema. This is more special to have received these awards on the eve of 100 years of Indian Cinema. The awards were given by Directorate of Film Awards under Department of Information and Broadcasting and presented by the honorable President of India, Shri PranabMukharjee.
1. Dadasaheb Phalke award, the highest recognition in Indian Films, has been given to ‘Kalathapasvi’ KasinathuniViswanath, for his tremendous contribution to Indian Cinema. He has been given A Golden Lotus, A citation and a cash prize of 10 lakh, apart from honoring with a shawl. He is the first Dadasaheb Awardee to get a chance to give a speech, in which he thanked his parents, God almighty, the jury and the audience who have supported him in his journey.
2. An award for best dialogues for the year, has been presented to Tharun Bhasker Dhaassyam for the movie ‘Pellichoopulu’. He was presented a certificate of appreciation, a silver lotus, and a cash prize of 1 lakh.
3. Also for the same movie ‘Pellichoopulu’, producer Raj Kandukuri and Director Tarun Bhascker have been given a silver lotus, an appreciation certificate and a cash award of 50,000 for Best Regional Film, Telugu.
4. Producer Dil Raju, Director Satish Vegnesna have won award for ‘Sathamanam bhavathi’ under the category, Best Wholesome movie. They have been awarded a golden lotus, a citation and a cash prize of 2 lakh.
5. Raju Sundaram has won best choreography for the song ‘Pranamam’ from the movie ‘Janatha Garage’ for which he has been awarded a silver lotus and a cash prize of 50,000.
6. Special Jury award for complete actor Mohanlal has been awarded considering the performances in two Malayalam films and ‘Janatha Garage’, and has been given a silver lotus, and a cash prize of 2 lakh rupees.
7. In the non-feature film section, producer and director Chandra shekhar Reddy has been awarded for the film ‘Fireflies in the Abyss’, a documentary on Nepali Immigrant Coal Miners, for which he was presented with a golden lotus, a certificate of appreciation and a cash prize of 1.5 lakh rupees.
8. Also under Best Non- fiction Adventure Film Category, the short film ‘Matitli Kusthi’ on traditional mud wrestling, has been selected for which Producer Madhavi Reddy has collected the award on behalf of ‘Savitri Bai Phule University, Pune’ in which the film was made as final year project of Department of Media and Communication. She has been awarded a silver lotus, an appreciation certificate and a cash award of 50,000 rupees.
Let us congratulate all the award winning film makers, and celebrate the victory of good films.