Discontinued and Intermittent National Film Awards

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The National Film Awards are presented every year by Directorate of Film Festivals, the organization set up by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, India, to felicitate the best of Indian Cinema for the year. Throughout the year various awards have been discontinued and given intermittently. Following is the list of Discontinued and Intermittent National Film Awards. The awards, instituted 1953, on the 40th anniversary of Indian Cinema, are given for feature films, non-feature films and best writing on cinema, and were once officially known as the State Awards for Films. In addition to the regular National Film Awards, several discontinued and Intermittent National Film Awards have been presented throughout the years.

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Discontinued National Film Awards

Following were the National Film Awards discontinued over the years:

Feature Films

Following are the discontinued National Film Awards from feature films category:

All India Certificate of Merit

The All India Certificate of Merit was one of the National Film Awards given by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Directorate of Film Festivals, India. It was instituted in 1954 and awarded at 1st National Film Awards[1] and was lastly awarded in 1957 at 4th National Film Awards.[2] It was given along with National Film Award for Best Feature Film and two films per year were awarded with this award.

List of films, showing the year (award ceremony), language(s), producer(s) and director(s)
Year Film(s) Language(s) Producer(s) Director(s) Refs.
1953
(1st)
Do Bigha Zamin Hindi Bimal Roy Bimal Roy [1]
Bhagavan Sri Krishna Chaitanya Bengali Debaki Bose Debaki Bose
1954
(2nd)
Neelakuyil Malayalam Chandrathara Productions  • P. Bhaskaran
 • Ramu Kariat
[3]
Biraj Bahu Hindi Hiten Chaudhary Productions Bimal Roy
1955
(3rd)
Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baaje Hindi Rajkamal Kalamandir V. Shantaram [4]
Shirdi Che Sai Baba Marathi Nandadeep Chitra Kumarsen Samarth
1956
(4th)
Bandhan Hindi Sircar Productions Hem Chunder [2]
Tenali Ramakrishna Telugu Vikram Productions B. S. Ranga
1957
(5th)
Mother India Hindi Mehboob Productions Mehboob Khan [5]

Second Best Feature Film

The award for National Film Award for Second Best Feature Film was instituted in 1957, at the 5th National Film Awards. It was awarded annually to a film produced in India that year, in any Indian language. It was last awarded in 1992, at the 40th National Film Awards.

Third Best Feature Film

The National Film Award for Third Best Feature Film was one of the National Film Awards given by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Directorate of Film Festivals, India. It was instituted in 1958 and awarded at 6th National Film Awards and lastly awarded in 1965 at 13th National Film Awards and discontinued after that.[6][7]

List of films, showing the year (award ceremony), language(s), producer(s) and director(s)
Year Film(s) Language(s) Producer(s) Director(s) Refs.
1958
(6th)
School Master Kannada B. R. Panthulu B. R. Panthulu [6]
1959
(7th)
Sujata Hindi Bimal Roy Bimal Roy [8]
1960
(8th)
Deivapiravi Tamil Kamal Brothers Pvt Ltd  • R. Krishnan
 • S. Panju
[9]
1961
(9th)
Prapanch Marathi Indian National Pictures Madhukar Pathak [10]
1962
(10th)
Sautela Bhai Hindi Alok Bharati Mahesh Kaul [11]
1963
(11th)
Mahanagar Bengali R. D. Bansal Satyajit Ray [12]
1964
(12th)
Unnaipol Oruvan Tamil Aasiya Jyothi films D. Jayakanthan [13][14]
1965
(13th)
Chhoti Chhoti Baten Hindi Rajvanshi Productions Motilal Rajvansh [7]

Best Story

The National Film Award for Best Story was one of the National Film Awards given by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Directorate of Film Festivals, India. It was instituted in 1962 and awarded at 10th National Film Awards and lastly awarded in 1975 at 23rd National Film Awards[15] and discontinued after that.

In the first year, for the 10th National Film Awards, award winners were awarded only with Certificate of Merit. Later on, all the award winners were awarded with Silver Lotus and cash prize of 10,000/-.

List of award recipients, showing the year (award ceremony), film(s) and language(s)
Year Recipient(s) Film(s) Language(s) Refs.
1962
(10th)
Not Available Four Centuries Ago English [16]
1964
(12th)
Balai Chand Mukhopadhyay Aarohi Bengali [13][14]
1965
(13th)
Motilal Chhoti Chhoti Baten Hindi [7]
B. K. Dutt Shaheed Hindi
Din Dayal Sharma
1973
(21st)
Ismat Chughtai Garm Hava Hindi [17]
Kaifi Azmi
1974
(22nd)
Ritwik Ghatak Jukti Takko Aar Gappo Bengali [18]
1975
(23rd)
K. Shivaram Karanth Chomana Dudi Kannada [15]

Best Film Based On High Literary Work

The National Film Award for Best Film Based On High Literary Work was one of the National Film Awards given by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Directorate of Film Festivals, India. It was instituted in 1966 and awarded only at 14th National Film Awards.[19]

List of films, showing the year (award ceremony), language(s), producer(s) and director(s)
Year Film(s) Language(s) Producer(s) Director(s) Refs.
1966
(14th)
Chutti Bengali Arundhati Devi Arundhati Devi [19]

Non-Feature Films

Following are the discontinued National Film Awards from non-feature films category:

Best Experimental Film

The National Film Award for Best Experimental Film was one of the National Film Awards given by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Directorate of Film Festivals, India. It was instituted in 1966 and awarded at 14th National Film Awards[19] and lastly awarded in 1983 at 31st National Film Awards[20] and discontinued after that.

List of films, showing the year (award ceremony), language(s), producer(s), director(s) and citation
Year Film(s) Language(s) Producer(s) Director(s) Citation Refs.
1966
(14th)
Homosaps English  –  –  – [19]
1967
(15th)
Through the Eyes of a Painter English J. S. Bhownagary for Films Division M. F. Husain (as a Creator)  – [21]
1968
(16th)
And I Make Short Films English K. L. Khandpur for Films Division S. N. S. Sastry  – [22]
1969
(17th)
No Award [23]
1970
(18th)
No Award [24]
1971
(19th)
No Award [25]
1972
(20th)
No Award [26]
1973
(21st)
Homi Bhabha — A Scientist in Action English Jagat Murari Viswanathan K  – [17]
1974
(22nd)
No Award [18]
1975
(23rd)
Awashesh Hindi FTII K. G. Girish  – [15]
1976
(24th)
Murder at Monkey Hill Hindi FTII Vidhu Vinod Chopra  – [27]
1977
(25th)
Samadhi Music only FTII John Sankaramangalam
For achieving a mellifluous blending of the spirit and philosophy of Yoga, with a wealth of detail of practical exercises in an atmosphere of calm contemplation, ennobling music and recitations from the sacred texts.
[28]
1978
(26th)
No Award [29]
1979
(27th)
Child On a Chess Board English  –  –  – [27]
1980
(28th)
Arrival English Films Division Mani Kaul
For searing imagery and outstanding soundtrack.
[30]
1981
(29th)
No Award [31]
1982
(30th)
Chakkar Chandu Ka Chameliwala Hindi FTII N. C. Thade
For being a romantically mysterious film which successfully dispenses with the normal time-space framework and chronological sequence.
[32]
1983
(31st)
The Clown and The Dog English FTII Sunny Joseph
For its attempt to unfold the intellectual yearnings of youth for freedom if thought and action, interpreted in a brilliantly photographed stylised form.
[20]

Best Filmstrip

The National Film Award for Best Filmstrip was one of the National Film Awards given by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Directorate of Film Festivals, India. It was instituted in 1963 and awarded only at 11th National Film Awards.[12]

List of films, showing the year (award ceremony), language(s), producer(s) and director(s)
Year Film(s) Language(s) Producer(s) Director(s) Refs.
1963
(11th)
Historical Monuments of Delhi Hindi G. K. Athalye G. K. Athalye [12]

Best Industrial Film

The National Film Award for Best Industrial Film was one of the National Film Awards given by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Directorate of Film Festivals, India. It was instituted in 1984 and awarded at 32nd National Film Awards[33] and lastly awarded in 1988 at 36th National Film Awards[34] and discontinued after that.

List of films, showing the year (award ceremony), language(s), producer(s), director(s) and citation
Year Film(s) Language(s) Producer(s) Director(s) Citation Refs.
1984
(32nd)
Krishi Jantrapati Hindi Ghanashyam Mahapatra Ghanashyam Mahapatra  – [33]
1985
(33rd)
Safety Measures in Handling Agriculture Machinery English D. Gautaman Gurbir Singh Grewal
For its clear instructional value.
[35]
1986
(34th)
The Story of Glass English S. Kumar Buddhadeb Dasgupta
For its comprehensive and engaging treatment of glass-making in our country.
[36]
1987
(35th)
Golden Muga Silk - The Cultural Heritage of Assam English Director (NE), Central Silk Board, Assam Siba Prasad Thakur
For its exhaustive and well researched analysis of Assam's traditional sericulture industry and factors that have contributed to its survival and growth.
[37]
Looking Back English Drishtikon Productions for Films Division Prakash Jha
For depicting the highly technical area of the contemporary industrial scene with sophistication and style.
1988
(36th)
The Duo English Sanat Kumar Dasgupta Sanat Kumar Dasgupta
For capturing with economy and precision the mass production of ceramic and glassware in exquisite photographic detail.
[34]

Best News Review

The National Film Award for Best News Review was one of the National Film Awards given by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Directorate of Film Festivals, India. It was instituted in 1975 and awarded at 23rd National Film Awards[15] and lastly awarded in 1988 at 36th National Film Awards[34] and discontinued after that.

List of films, showing the year, language(s), producer(s), director(s) and citation
Year Film(s) Language(s) Producer(s) Director(s) Citation Refs.
1975
(23rd)
Indian News Review No. 1399  – N. V. K. Murthy  –  – [15]
1976
(24th)
Indian News Review No. 1559  –  –  –  – [27]
1977
(25th)
Unprecedented Havoc
(Indian News Review No. 1520)
English Films Division  –
For a vivid, visual documentation of the havoc wrought by the cyclonic storm which hit the coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh on November 19, 1977.
[28]
1978
(26th)
Uttar Pradesh Samachar 24 Hindi Director of Information and Public Relations, U.P.  –
For its genuine effort to make disturbing human document out of the chaos of a frequent natural calamity.
[29]
1979
(27th)
Indian News Review No. 1592 English  –  –  – [38]
1980
(28th)
Day of the Dark Sun
(News Magazine 3)
 – Films Division  –
For capturing the high drama of an historic event — the total solar eclipse.
[30]
1981
(29th)
News Magazine 12  – Vijay B. Chandra for Films Division  –
For its overall technical competence.
[31]
1982
(30th)
Asiad 82 - News 1  – N. S. Thapa for Films Division  –
For an evocative and stirring record of one of the most colorful events of our time.
[32]
1983
(31st)
Shelter English FTII  –
For its brave and sympathetic visual coverage and journalistic report of a controversial issue affecting the lives of the pavement dwellers of Bombay.
[20]
1984
(32nd)
The Rickshaw Drivers of Madhya Pradesh English Madhya Pradesh Media Naren Kondra  – [33]
1985
(33rd)
Taranath Shenoy
(News Magazine 59)
English  • P. B. Pendharkar
 • Pritam S. Arshi
 • M. S. Gangadhar
 • Ashok Patil
For an in-depth coverage of the strong determination of Taranath Shenoy, the handicapped swimmer, who crossed the English channel.
[35]
1986
(34th)
The Pope Meets India
(News Magazine 70)
English  • P. B. Pendharkar
 • P. S. Arshi for Films Division
Camera Team for Films Division
For the excellently co-ordinated team work in making the coverage of the Pope's visit to India more than mere news.
[36]
1987
(35th)
Colours of Life
(News Magazine 100)
English Pritam S. Arshi for Films Division  • Mahesh P. Sinha
 • Sant Lal Prasad (Cameraman)
For bringing out the message that the disabled can also live and work like others through narration of the successful human story of a handicapped artist Jayantilal Shihora, who paints holding brush in his mouth.
[37]
1988
(36th)
More Than a Success Story
(News Magazine 129)
English Biren Das for Films Division K. B. Nair
For going beyond the limitations of the news film format to tell the inspiring and moving stories of those who triumphed over their socic-economic circumstances and physical diabilities.
[34]

Best Newsreel Cameraman

The National Film Award for Best Newsreel Cameraman was one of the National Film Awards given by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Directorate of Film Festivals, India. It was instituted in 1975 and awarded at 23rd National Film Awards and lastly awarded in 1983 at 31st National Film Awards and discontinued after that.[15][20]

List of films, showing the year (award ceremony), language(s), producer(s) and citation
Year Film(s) Language(s) Producer(s) Citation Refs.
1975
(23rd)
Flood Havocs
(Indian News Review No. 1399)
English  • A. S. Agnihotri
 • Abinashi Ram
 • A. R. Saroef
 – [15]
1976
(24th)
Indian News Review No. 1462 English  –  – [27]
1977
(25th)
Indian News Review No. 1508 English C. L. Kaul
For the breathtaking sweep of his camerawork portraying the faith and emotions of the pilgrims on the hazardous route to the Amarnath Cave, culminating in the final Darshan.
[28]
1978
(26th)
Dawn Over Gurais
(Indian News Review No. 1568)
English C. L. Kaul
For the lyrical realism of the camera with its perfectly matched tone and texture.
[29]
1979
(27th)
Mission To China (INR NO - 1585)  –  –  – [38]
1980
(28th)
Tragedy of Gendi
(Indian News Review No. 1657)
English  • Mahesh Pratap Sinha
 • Rajgopal Rao
For displaying a keen news sense.
[30]
1981
(29th)
No Award [31]
1982
(30th)
No Award [32]
1983
(31st)
Tragedy of Gendi
(Indian News Review No. 1799)
English  • C. Ramani
 • Uday Shankar
 • S. L. Prasad
For their well planned team work (in Indian News Review No. 1799) covering the scientific, technical, ceremonious and human aspects of a great event of national importance recording sensitive emotions of expectation and fulfilment during the launching of SLV-3.
[20]

Intermittent National Film Awards

Following are the National Film Awards given intermittently over the years:

Feature Films

Best Feature Film in VIIIth Schedule Languages

Best Feature Film in Bodo

The National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Bodo is one of the National Film Awards given by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Directorate of Film Festivals, India. Till now, it is only awarded twice: once at 33rd National Film Awards in 1985,[35] and lately at 63rd National Film Awards in 2015.[39] Per Constitution of India, Bodo language is among the languages other than those specified in the Schedule VIII of the Constitution.

List of films, showing the year (award ceremony), producer(s), director(s) and citation
Year Film(s) Producer(s) Director(s) Citation Refs.
1985
(33rd)
Alayaron Bodosa Film Productions Jwndgas Bodosa
For pioneering a film in the language which faithfully brings out the socio-economic life of Bodo community.
[35]
2015
(63rd)
Dau Huduni Methai Shankarlal Goenka Manju Borah
An honest attempt to document the dilemma of the common man, helplessly victimised during the times of insurgency in the north east.
[39]
Best Feature Film in Dogri

The National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Dogri is one of the National Film Awards given by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Directorate of Film Festivals, India for Dogri cinema. Till now, it is only awarded at 59th National Film Awards in 2011.[40] Per Constitution of India, Dogri language is among the languages specified in the Schedule VIII of the Constitution.

List of films, showing the year (award ceremony), producer(s), director(s) and citation
Year Film(s) Producer(s) Director(s) Citation Refs.
2011
(59th)
Dille Ch Vasya Koi Sanjeev Rattan Sanjeev Rattan
For a very simple yet innocent portrayal of the emotional dilemmas of young people growing up in the idyllic landscape of Himachal Pradesh. The director brings us a love story untouched by the vicissitudes of Bollywood formulas to touch upon some core human values and relationships.
[40]
Best Feature Film in Gujarati

The National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Gujarati is one of the National Film Awards given by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Directorate of Film Festivals, India. It was instituted in 1960 and awarded at 8th National Film Awards[9] and lately awarded at 60th National Film Awards in 2012 and 64th National Film Awards in 2016.[41] Per Constitution of India, Gujarati language is among the languages specified in the Schedule VIII of the Constitution.

List of films, showing the year (award ceremony), producer(s), director(s) and citation
Year Film(s) Producer(s) Director(s) Citation Refs.
1960
(8th)
Mendi Rang Lagyo Bipin Gajjar Manhar Raskapur  – [9]
1961
(9th)
Nandanvan Shrikumar V. Gaglani Ganpatrao Brahmbhatt  – [10]
1963
(11th)
Jevi Chhun Tevi Bholanath D. Trivedi Gajanan Mehta  – [12]
1965
(13th)
Kasumbi No Rang Manoobhai N. Gadhvi G. K. Mehta  – [7]
1969
(17th)
Kanku Kantilal Rathod Kantilal Rathod  – [23]
1972
(20th)
Gun Sundari No Ghar Sansar  • Ramesh H. Saraiya
 • Jayant Malaviya
 • Chandulal Gnadhi
Govind Saraiya  – [26]
1989
(37th)
Percy NFDC Pervez Merwanji
For its searing exploration of the neuroses and the claustrophobic embrace of an ingrown familial culture.
[42]
1993
(41st)
Manvi Ni Bhavai  • Aashish Trivedi
 • Upendra Trivedi
Upendra Trivedi
For depicting the drought-torn lives of villagers through the eyes of the protagonist.
[41]
2012
(60th)
The Good Road NFDC Gyan Correa
This film effectively captures the flavor of the never-ending and undulating highways of the other India and its hidden facets.
[43]
2016
(64th)
Wrong Side Raju CineMan Productions
Phantom Films
Mikhil Musale
For highlighting the ethos of moral dilemma.
[44]
2017
(65th)
Dhh Amruta Parande et al. Manish Saini [45]
Best Feature Film in Kashmiri

The National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Kashmiri is one of the National Film Awards given by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Directorate of Film Festivals, India. Till now, it is only awarded at 12th National Film Awards in 1964.[46] Per Constitution of India, Kashmiri language is among the languages specified in the Schedule VIII of the Constitution.

List of films, showing the year (award ceremony), producer(s) and director(s)
Year Film(s) Producer(s) Director(s) Refs.
1964
(12th)
Mainz-Raat M. R. Seth  • Shyam
 • Jagiram Paul
[46]
Best Feature Film in Konkani

The National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Konkani is one of the National Film Awards given by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Directorate of Film Festivals, India. Konkani is among the languages specified in Schedule VIII of the Constitution of India. There was no separate category for Konkani at the 13th Awards, and Nirmon was awarded under the Marathi category.

List of films, showing the year (award ceremony), producer(s), director(s) and citation
Year Film(s) Producer(s) Director(s) Citation Refs.
1965
(13th)
Nirmon Frank Fernand A. Salam [7]
2004
(52nd)
Aleesha Rajendra Talak Creations Rajendra Talak
For its concern about pollution and protection at the same time exposing corruption.
[47]
2006
(54th)
Antarnad Rajendra Talak Creations Rajendra Talak
For a sensitive portrayal of an artist and her conflicting relationship with her daughter.
[48]
2009
(57th)
Paltadacho Munis NFDC Laxmikant Shetgaonkar
For the simplicity and humanism of dealing with a person the world calls insane.
[49]
2013
(61st)
Baga Beach Sharvani Productions Laxmikant Shetgaonkar
Based on a true story, an honest and simple revelation of darkly-held secrets on the beaches of Goa.
[50]
2014
(62nd)
Nachom-ia Kumpasar Goa Folklore Productions Bardroy Barretto
For its nostalgic recovery of distinctive musical legacy, as told through the rollercoaster lives of its practitioners, that has remained unsung despite its influence upon Bombay cinema.
[51]
2015
(63rd)
Enemy A.D. Prasad Dinesh Bhonsle
A powerful film about a soldier's plight, caught up in the legal entanglement trying to safeguard his property.
[39]
2016
(64th)
K Sera Sera - Ghodpachen Ghoddtelem de Goan Studio Rajeev Shinde
Two different stories which simultaneously bring out the inevitability of life.
[44]
Best Feature Film in Maithili

The National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Maithili is one of the National Film Awards given by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Directorate of Film Festivals, India for Maithili cinema. Till now, it is only awarded at 63rd National Film Awards in 2015. Per Constitution of India, Sanskrit language is among the languages specified in the Schedule VIII of the Constitution.

List of films, showing the year (award ceremony), producer(s), director(s) and citation
Year Film(s) Producer(s) Director(s) Citation Refs.
2015
(63rd)
Mithila Makhaan  • Neetu Chandra
 • Samir Kumar
Nitin Chandra
A back-to-the-roots story told with great sincerity, about a courageous youthful rescue effort, happening in Bihar.
[39]
Best Feature Film in Manipuri

The National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Manipuri is one of the National Film Awards given by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Directorate of Film Festivals, India. It was instituted in 1972 and awarded at 20th National Film Awards and lately awarded at 63rd National Film Awards in 2015.[26][39] Per Constitution of India, Meitei language is among the languages specified in the Schedule VIII of the Constitution.

List of films, showing the year (award ceremony), producer(s), director(s) and citation
Year Film(s) Producer(s) Director(s) Citation Refs.
1972
(20th)
Matamgi Manipur Karam Manmohan Singh Deb Kumar Bose  – [26]
1981
(29th)
Imagi Ningthem K. Ibohal Sharma Aribam Syam Sharma
For its charm, simplicity and freshness of approach.
[31]
1984
(31st)
Sanakeithel Th. Doren M. A. Singh
For the sympathetic portrayal of a human relationship in the context of a social tragedy.
[20]
1991
(38th)
Ishanou Aribam Syam Sharma Aribam Syam Sharma
For effectively portraying the tragedy behind the institution of Maibi which unfortunately shatters a family.
[52]
1993
(41st)
Sambal Wangma Sobita Devi K. Ibohal
For correlating the integration of Man with Nature for the development of the human personality.
[41]
1994
(42nd)
Mayophy Gee Macha  • Thouyangba
 • Thoungamba
Oken Amakcham
For a simple story of a rural life in Manipuri handled with a deft mastery over the medium.
[53]
1995
(43rd)
Sanabi NFDC Aribam Syam Sharma
For its apt and poetic handling of the conflict between the traditional and modern values, knitted around a pony symbolically.
[54]
2000
(48th)
Chatledo Eidee Makhonmani Mongsaba Makhonmani Mongsaba
For narrating a complex love story in a simple manner and reflects the flavour of the land beautifully.
[55]
2011
(59th)
Phijigee Mani Takhelchangbam Ongbi Medha Sharmi Oinam Gautam Singh
For a sensitive depiction of the complex displacements that are occurring today in the North Eastern states. The director shows in the most graceful manner the consequences of displaced socio-political priorities which dislodge the young and disturb traditional family moorings and the even more ancient tribal societal systems.
[40]
2012
(60th)
Leipaklei Aribam Syam Sharma Aribam Syam Sharma
A simple story told in a straight-forward simple narrative highlighting social reality.
[43]
2015
(63rd)
Eibusu Yaohanbiyu Yunman Hitalar (Neta) Singh Maipaksana Haorongbam
A moving film about the victory of a differently-abled boy’s attempt to join a football team.
[39]
Best Feature Film in Punjabi

The National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Punjabi is one of the National Film Awards given by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Directorate of Film Festivals, India. It was instituted in 1962 and awarded at 10th National Film Awards[11] and lately awarded at 60th National Film Awards in 2012.[43] Per Constitution of India, Punjabi language is among the languages specified in the Schedule VIII of the Constitution.

List of films, showing the year (award ceremony), producer(s), director(s) and citation
Year Film(s) Producer(s) Director(s) Citation Refs.
1962
(10th)
Chaudhari Karnail Singh Krishnan Kumar Krishnan Kumar  – [11]
1964
(12th)
Jagga K. B. Chadha Jugal Kishore  – [46]
1964
(12th)
Sassi Punnu M/s. Filmistan Pvt. Ltd. S. P. Bakshi  – [7]
1967
(15th)
Sutlej De Kande P. P. Maheshwary P. P. Maheshwary  – [21]
1969
(17th)
Nanak Nam Jahaz Hai Pannalal Maheshwary Ram Maheshwary  – [23]
1980
(28th)
Chann Pardesi  • Swarn Sedha
 • Baldev Gill
 • J. S. Cheema
Chitrartha Singh
For presenting a story of human passion in cinematic terms, representing a departure from the usual trends prevalent in Punjabi cinema.
[23]
1989
(37th)
Marhi Da Deeva NFDC Surinder Singh
For its depiction of the pain and tragedy involved in the transformation of feaudalism into capitalism, which entails destruction and degradation of normal human relationships like friendship and love.
[42]
1993
(41st)
Kachehri Vijay Tandon Ravindra Peepat
For highlighting the vulnerability of the judicial system, in which sometimes justification prevails over justice.
[41]
1997
(45th)
Main Maa Punjab Dee Devender Walia Balwant Dullat
For the film's exploration of a suffering mother who undergoes the trauma created by her own sons and rediscovers her creative talent and rehabilitates herself.
[56]
1998
(46th)
Shaheed-E-Mohabbat Manjeet Maan Manoj Punj
For its sensitive depiction of pain and sorrow perpetrated by the partition of India on Boota Singh, excellently portrayed by Gurdas Maan, the films reflects the aftermath of a tragedy delivers a message of love and humanity reaching far beyond the man made borders.
[57]
2004
(52nd)
Des Hoyaa Pardes Manjeet Maan Manoj Punj
For its sharp handling of terrorism in Punjab and portrayal of alienation, migration of Punjabi youth to the west of that time.
[47]
2005
(53rd)
Baghi Gaj Deol Sukhminder Dhanjal
For graphically delineating the caste divide in modern day Punjab.
[58]
2006
(54th)
Waris Shah: Ishq Daa Waaris Sai Productions Manoj Punj
For an evocative portrayal of the rich, musical Sufi tradition.
[48]
2011
(59th)
Anhe Ghore Da Daan NFDC Gurvinder Singh
For its haunting portrayal of the lives of people in a village as they battle with the reality of large scale industrial development. The director deploys an inventive storytelling form where sound, space and body operate distinctly to frame the experience of a fragile existence. Each face portrayed in the film carries the signs of persistent trauma. This is an aesthetic tour de force that confidently and successfully reinvents the contours of Indian experimental cinema.
[40]
2012
(60th)
Nabar  • Jasbir Singh
 • Sonu Kaur
Rajeev Sharma
This film lucidly presents the often misplaced craze for the West prevalent among the upwardly mobile Punjabi youth and its consequences.
[43]
2014
(62nd)
Punjab 1984  • Gunbir Sidhu
 • Manmord Sidhu
Anurag Singh
For its searing portrayal of how ordinary lives and simple dreams are shattered in a time of militancy.
[51]
2015
(63rd)
Chauthi Koot  • NFDC
 • Kartikeya Singh
Gurvinder Singh
For Effectively capturing the sense of fear psychosis and tension during the times of insurgency in Punjab.
[39]
Best Feature Film in Sanskrit

The National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Sanskrit is one of the National Film Awards given by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Directorate of Film Festivals, India for Sanskrit cinema. Till now, it is only awarded at 63rd National Film Awards in 2015. Per Constitution of India, Sanskrit language is among the languages specified in the Schedule VIII of the Constitution.

List of films, showing the year (award ceremony), producer(s), director(s) and citation
Year Film(s) Producer(s) Director(s) Citation Refs.
2015
(63rd)
Priyamanasam Baby Mathew Somatheeram Vinod Mankara
For an artistic and culturally vibrant portrayal of the mind of a poet during the time he creates his masterpiece Nalacharitam.
[39]
Best Feature Film in Urdu

The National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Urdu is one of the National Film Awards given by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Directorate of Film Festivals, India. Till now, it is only awarded thrice at 41st National Film Awards in 1993,[41] at 44th National Film Awards in 1996,[59] and lately at 60th National Film Awards in 2012.[43] Per Constitution of India, Urdu language is among the languages specified in the Schedule VIII of the Constitution.

List of films, showing the year (award ceremony), producer(s), director(s) and citation
Year Film(s) Producer(s) Director(s) Citation Refs.
1993
(41st)
Muhafiz Wahid Chowhan Ismail Merchant
A breath-taking film, uniting the various film arts, crafts and technical skills into an integrated experience, with lasting images of a dying culture, in which a humanistic vision of life is being undermined by encroachment from acquisitive commercialism.
[41]
1996
(44th)
Sardari Begum  • Amit Khanna
 • Mahesh Bhatt
Shyam Benegal
For excellent recreation of an era and showing dedication of an artist to music that defies all orthodox and conservative values.
[59]
2012
(60th)
Harud  • Aamir Bashir
 • Shankar Raman
Aamir Bashir
The ruination brought about by the militant insurgency in Jammu and Kashmir and its deleterious repercussion on the social fabric of the state is well documented in this movie.
[43]

Best Feature Film in non-VIIIth Schedule Languages

Best Feature Film in Bhojpuri

The National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Bhojpuri is one of the National Film Awards given by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Directorate of Film Festivals, India. Till now, it is only awarded at 53rd National Film Awards in 2005.[58] Per Constitution of India, Bhojpuri language is among the languages other than those specified in the Schedule VIII of the Constitution.

List of films, showing the year (award ceremony), producer(s), director(s) and citation
Year Film(s) Producer(s) Director(s) Citation Refs.
2005
(53rd)
Kab Hoi Gawna Hamar  • Deepa Narayan
 • Udit Narayan
Anand D. Ghatraj
For a family drama that harks back to traditional values and modern day sensibilities.
[58]
Best Feature Film in Haryanvi

The National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Haryanvi is one of the National Film Awards given by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Directorate of Film Festivals, India. Till now, it is only awarded at 62nd (2014) and 63rd National Film Awards (2015).[51][39] Per Constitution of India, Haryanvi language is among the languages other than those specified in the Schedule VIII of the Constitution.

List of films, showing the year (award ceremony), producer(s), director(s) and citation
Year Film(s) Producer(s) Director(s) Citation Refs.
2014
(62nd)
Pagdi The Honour V R Entertainers Rajeev Bhatia
For capturing honestly the abrasive fabric of a patriarchal society that places an inordinate premium on honour, and also offering the possibility of liberation through an acknowledgement of others pain.
[51]
2015
(63rd)
Satrangi Punam Deswal Sharma Sundeep Sharma
The film earnestly tries to address the social issue of neglect of the girl child in the state of Haryana and the eventual empowering of the girl.
[39]
Best Feature Film in Jasari

The National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Jasari is one of the National Film Awards given by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Directorate of Film Festivals, India. Till now, it is only awarded at 65th National Film Awards in 2017. Per Constitution of India, Jasari language is among the languages other than those specified in the Schedule VIII of the Constitution.

List of films, showing the year (award ceremony), producer(s), director(s) and citation
Year Film(s) Producer(s) Director(s) Citation Refs.
2017
(65th)
Sinjar Shibu G. Suseelan Pampally  –
Best Feature Film in Khasi

The National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Khasi is one of the National Film Awards given by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Directorate of Film Festivals, India. Till now, it is only awarded thrice, at 32nd National Film Awards in 1984, at 61st National Film Awards in 2013, and lately at 63rd National Film Awards in 2015.[33] Per Constitution of India, Khasi language is among the languages other than those specified in the Schedule VIII of the Constitution.

List of films, showing the year (award ceremony), producer(s) and director(s)
Year Film(s) Producer(s) Director(s) Citation Refs.
1984
(32nd)
Manik Raitong Rishan Rapsang Ardhendu Bhattacharya  – [33]
2013
(61st)
Ri: Homeland of Uncertainty Kurbah Films Pradip Kurbah
A complex tale of insurgency and reconciliation set in the turbulent North-East state of Meghalaya.
[50]
2015
(63rd)
Onaatah  • Pomu Das
 • Marjina Kurbah
Pradip Kurbah
A sensitive portrayal of a rape victim in the course of her revival, in the healing background of the tribal setting.
[39]
Best Feature Film in Kodava

The National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Kodava is one of the National Film Awards given by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Directorate of Film Festivals, India. Till now, it is only awarded at 41st National Film Awards in 1993.[41] Per Constitution of India, Kodava language is among the languages other than those specified in the Schedule VIII of the Constitution.

List of films, showing the year (award ceremony), producer(s), director(s) and citation
Year Film(s) Producer(s) Director(s) Citation Refs.
1993
(41st)
Mandhara Phu B. N. Ravi S. R. Rajan
For depicting how unusual parental love affects children's life adversely too.
[41]
Best Feature Film in Kokborok

The National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Kokborok is one of the National Film Awards given by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Directorate of Film Festivals, India. Till now, it is only awarded at 56th National Film Awards in 2008.[60] Per Constitution of India, Kokborok language is among the languages other than those specified in the Schedule VIII of the Constitution.

List of films, showing the year (award ceremony), producer(s), director(s) and citation
Year Film(s) Producer(s) Director(s) Citation(s) Refs.
2008
(56th)
Yarwng Joseph Kizhakechennadu Joseph Pulinthanath
For a meaningful story of displaced people looking to rebuild their lives.
[60]
Best Feature Film in Ladakhi

The National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Ladakhi is one of the National Film Awards given by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Directorate of Film Festivals, India. Till now, it is only awarded at 65th National Film Awards in 2017. Per Constitution of India, Ladakhi language is among the languages other than those specified in the Schedule VIII of the Constitution.

List of films, showing the year (award ceremony), producer(s), director(s) and citation
Year Film(s) Producer(s) Director(s) Citation Refs.
2017
(65th)
Walking With The Wind Mahesh Mohan Praveen Morchhale
Best Feature Film in Mishing

The National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Mishing is one of the National Film Awards given by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Directorate of Film Festivals, India. Till now, it is only awarded at 60th National Film Awards in 2012.[43] Per Constitution of India, Mishing language is among the languages other than those specified in the Schedule VIII of the Constitution.

List of films, showing the year (award ceremony), producer(s), director(s) and citation
Year Film(s) Producer(s) Director(s) Citation Refs.
2012
(60th)
Ko:Yad Manju Borah Manju Borah
A stark and realistic film with a strong subtext about a driftwood collector makes compelling viewing.
[43]
Best Feature Film in Mizo

The National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Mizo is one of the National Film Awards given by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Directorate of Film Festivals, India for Sanskrit cinema. Till now, it is only awarded at 63rd National Film Awards in 2015. Per Constitution of India, Mizo language is among the languages other than those specified in the Schedule VIII of the Constitution.

List of films, showing the year (award ceremony), producer(s), director(s) and citation
Year Film(s) Producer(s) Director(s) Citation Refs.
2015
(63rd)
Kima’s Lode Beyond the Class Children's Film Society Zualaa Chhangte
For an adventurous coming-of-age story of a boy, set in the pristine environments of Mizoram.
[39]
Best Feature Film in Monpa

The National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Monpa is one of the National Film Awards given by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Directorate of Film Festivals, India. Till now, it is only awarded at 53rd National Film Awards in 2005.[58] Per Constitution of India, Monpa language is among the languages other than those specified in the Schedule VIII of the Constitution.

List of films, showing the year (award ceremony), producer(s), director(s) and citation
Year Film(s) Producer(s) Director(s) Citation Refs.
2005
(53rd)
Sonam Garima Films Ahsan Muzid
For picturesque effective portrayal of the contemporary tribal life.
[58]
Best Feature Film in Rabha

The National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Rabha is one of the National Film Awards given by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Directorate of Film Festivals, India. Till now, it is only awarded at 62nd National Film Awards in 2014.[51] Per Constitution of India, Rabha language is among the languages other than those specified in the Schedule VIII of the Constitution.

List of films, showing the year (award ceremony), producer(s), director(s) and citation
Year Film(s) Producer(s) Director(s) Citation Refs.
2014
(62nd)
Orong  • Suraj Kr. Duwarah
 • Aucto Creation
Suraj Kr. Duwarah
For its sensitive portrayal of a young man as he drifts through a life that offers little promise or excitement.
[51]
Best Feature Film in Sherdukpen

The National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Sherdukpen is one of the National Film Awards given by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Directorate of Film Festivals, India. Till now, it is only awarded at 61st National Film Awards in 2013.[50] Per Constitution of India, Sherdukpen language is among the languages other than those specified in the Schedule VIII of the Constitution.

List of films, showing the year (award ceremony), producer(s), director(s) and citation
Year Film(s) Producer(s) Director(s) Citation Refs.
2013
(61st)
Crossing Bridges TNT Films Production Sange Dorjee Thongdok
A well-crafted film that tells the tale of a young man who comes back from Mumbai to his remote village in Arunachal Pradesh to find his roots.
[50]
Best Feature Film in Tulu

The National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tulu is one of the National Film Awards given by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Directorate of Film Festivals, India. Till now, it is only awarded thrice at 41st National Film Awards in 1993,[41] 54th National Film Awards in 2006[48] and lately in 56th National Film Awards in 2008.[60] Per Constitution of India, Tulu language is among the languages other than those specified in the Schedule VIII of the Constitution.

List of films, showing the year (award ceremony), producer(s), director(s) and citation
Year Film(s) Producer(s) Director(s) Citation Refs.
1993
(41st)
Bangara Patler Richard Castellano Richard Castellano
For depicting how money-power can take away everything from a simple and innocent community of villagers, using muscle power and political force.
[41]
2006
(54th)
Kotti Channaya R. Dhanaraj Anand P. Raj
For promoting caste reform and integration.
[48]
2008
(56th)
Gaggara M. Durganand Shivadhwaj Shetty
For its attempt to preserve traditional folk forms.
[60]
2016
(64th)
Madipu Aastha Production Chetan Mundadi
For highlighting the hollowness of orthodoxical traditions.
[44]
2017
(65th)
Paddayi Nithyananda Pai Abhaya Simha
Best Feature Film in Wancho

The National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Wancho is one of the National Film Awards given by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Directorate of Film Festivals, India for Sanskrit cinema. Till now, it is only awarded at 63rd National Film Awards in 2015. Per Constitution of India, Wancho language is among the languages other than those specified in the Schedule VIII of the Constitution.

List of films, showing the year (award ceremony), producer(s), director(s) and citation
Year Film(s) Producer(s) Director(s) Citation Refs.
2015
(63rd)
The Head Hunter Splash Films Private Limited Nilanjan Datta
For A cinematic contemplation on the lives of the Wancho tribe, regarding the balance required in modernising tribal environment, while intruding and displacing their lifestyles.
[39]

Best Writing on Cinema

Special Jury Award / Special Mention (Book on Cinema)

The National Film Award – Special Jury Award / Special Mention (Book on Cinema) is one of the National Film Awards given by Directorate of Film Festivals, India. It is instituted in 2000 and awarded at 48th National Film Awards[55] and lastly awarded in 2013 at 60th National Film Awards.[43]

The award aim at encouraging study and appreciation of cinema as an art form and dissemination of information and critical appreciation of this art-form through publication of books, articles, reviews etc. All the award winners are awarded with Certificate of Merit.

List of recipients, showing the year (award ceremony), language(s) and citation
Year Recipient(s) Language(s) Citation Refs.
2000
(48th)
Ratnottama Sengupta English
For consistency and variety in her knowledgeable reporting on cinema.
[55]
2001
(49th)
C. S. Venkiteswaran Malayalam
For his serious approach in understanding the celluloid idiom and its social implications.
[61]
2002
(50th)
Ashok Rane Marathi
For his objective evaluation of trends in cinema in India as well as abroad.
[62]
2003
(51st)
Vasiraju Prakasam Telugu
For introducing film personalities of parallel cinema in the parched atmosphere of Telugu filmdom.
[63]
2006
(54th)
Utpal Dutta Assamese
For his sensitive interpretation of films and trends in cinema.
[48]
2012
(60th)
Piyush Roy  –
For his in-depth knowledge of cinema and easy, informative style.
[43]
2017
(65th)
Sunil Mishra Hindi
Sunil Mishra's articles on cinema, written in eloquent Hindi, are delightful readings ranging from biography of an individual to critical analysis of the films. His insightful writings on varied subjects of Indian cinema are useful for all cine lovers.

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External links

Official websites
  • Official Page for Directorate of Film Festivals, India
  • National Film Awards Archives
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