Newcomer bags award for feature film

NEW DELHI, AUG. 14. Director Rajiv Vijay Raghavan, a newcomer, walked away with the Indira Gandhi Award for the Best First Feature Film. He was awarded the Swarna Kamal for his film `Maargam'.

Another first time director who will take the National Award home this year is Chandraprakash Dwivedi, who has won the Nargis Dutt Award for best Feature Film on National Integration for his film `Pinjar'. Actor Manoj Bajpai won the special jury award for his performance in the same film.

The best film on family welfare has been awarded to the Malayalam film `Padam Onnu Oru Vilapam' for raising its voice against early marriage, while Hrithik Roshan's hit film `Koi Mil Gaya' has won the award for the best film on social issues and special effects.

Films for children may be still far and few, but having made a mark through his trilogy of films on children, the Assamese filmmaker Jahnu Barua has grabbed the best children's film award for `Tora'. As far as the young artists go, it will be Ashwin Chitale and Kalidasan for their performance in `Shwaas' and `Ente Veedu Appoontem'.

In the regional film category, `Aakashitorar Kothare' won the best Assamese film award, `Chokher Bali' the best Bengali film, `Ragu Romeo' the best Hindi film and `Preethi Prema Pranaya' the best film in Kannada. Anil Thomas's `Sabhalam' bagged the best Malayalam film, `No only Mrs Raut' the best Marathi, `Aw Akkare Aa' the best Oriya, `Aithe' the best Telugu film and `Eyarkai' the best Tamil film. Pamela Rook's `Dance like a Man' has bagged the best film in English

Having had the country repeat his tune, Sonu Nigam has one more reason to celebrate today, bagging the award for the best male playback singer for `Kal Ho Na Ho'. In the female category, Tarali Sarma has won the Rajat Kamal for her rendition in `Akasahitorar Kothale'. The best music direction award has gone to Shankar-Ehsaan Loy for the film `Kal Ho Na Ho' while Farah Khan has won the best choreography award for the song `Idhar Chala' in `Koi Mil Gaya'.

The best cinematography award will go to Abhik Mukhopadhyay for his work in the Bengali film `Bhalo Theko'. Goutam Ghose's `Abar Aranye' also walked away with the award for screenplay. Rituparno Ghosh's much-talked about `Chokher Bali' won the best art direction award and best costume, while Suddala Ashok Teja won the best lyrics award for the film `Suddala Ashok Teja'.

Of the 122 entries in 13 languages, the highest were in Hindi with 27 followed by 17 in Malayalam and Tamil and 14 in Kannada, with the lowest being in Oriya with just one entry.

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