National Film Award for Best Book on Cinema

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National Film Award for Best Book on Cinema
National award for contributions to Best Writing on Indian Cinema
Sponsored by Directorate of Film Festivals
Reward(s)
  • Swarna Kamal (Golden Lotus)
  • 50,000 (US$700)
First awarded 1981
Last awarded 2017
Most recent winner Matmagi Manipur: The first Manipuri Feature Film
Highlights
Total awarded 42
First winner Thamizh Cinemavin Kathai

The National Film Award for Best Book on Cinema is one of the National Film Awards presented annually by the Directorate of Film Festivals, the organisation set up by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, India. It is one of several awards presented for Best Writing on Indian Cinema and awarded with Swarna Kamal (Golden Lotus).

The award was instituted in 1981, at 29th National Film Awards and awarded annually for books written in the year across the country, in all Indian languages.

Winners

Award includes 'Swarna Kamal' (Golden Lotus) and cash prize. Following are the award winners over the years:

Awards legends
Indicates a joint award for the year
List of books, showing the year (award ceremony), language(s), author(s), publisher(s) and citation
Year Book(s) Language(s) Author(s) Publisher(s) Citation Refs.
1981
(29th)
Thamizh Cinemavin Kathai Tamil Aranthai Narayanan  –
For being the first systematic full length account of the Tamil cinema from its inception, with pertinent observation on the art of film making, for the likelihood of it enduring as a standard reference work, for lucid, systematic writing with appropriate illustrations, for being based more on original and personal perceptions than on derived or second-hand sources.
[1]
1982
(30th)
Chalachitra Sameeksha Malayalam Vijayakrishnan  –
For fairly systematic analysis of the way in which the film has reflected the major concerns of man-aesthetic, social, spiritual, with specific reference to various film classics and the outlooks of well known directors, for persuasive argument and clear communication.
[2]
1983
(31st)
Cinemayude Lokam Malayalam Adoor Gopalakrishnan  –  – [3]
1984
(32nd)
Chalachitrer Abirbhab Bengali Jagannath Chathopadhyay  –  – [4]
1985
(33rd)
Guru Dutt: Teen Anki Shokantika Marathi Arun Khopkar  –
For a book as it is a major critical work on Guru Dutt, which is researched, attractively published at a reasonable price with a wealth of visual which enriches any book on cinema.
[5]
1986
(34th)
Rabindranath O Chalachithra Bengali Arun Kumar Roy  –
For making an original evaluation and analysis of films and documentaries made on Tagore's writings and personality from the silent era of cinema to date and thus linking cinema, an important creative mediumm, to a great creative mind.
[6]
1987
(35th)
Kazhchayude Asanthi
(Torments of Seeing)
Malayalam V. Rajakrishnan  –
For focussing of major trends and impulses in National and International cinemam, for promoting the appreciation of cinema as a serious art form, for underlining the relevance of cinema in the depiction of the basic concerns of present day society.
[7]
1988
(36th)
The Moving Image English Kishore Vallicha Orient Longman
For its analytic insights and its plausible theoretical framework.
[8]
1989
(37th)
Shataranj Ke Khiladi Hindi Surendranath Tiwari Madhya Pradesh Film Development Corporation
For painstakingly analysing and delineating the interrelationship between a literary masterpiece and its film version, created by a master of cinema, without overlooking the salient characteristics of each art form.
[9]
1989
(37th)
Cinema, Kannakkum Kavithayum Malayalam Sreekumaran Thampi Sahithya Pravarthaka
For portraying the development of the medium poetically by blending its ethos and technique.
1990
(38th)
Hindi Cinema Ka Itihaas Hindi Manmohan Chadhha Sachin Prakashan
For placing the development of Hindi Cinema in the context of the totality of Indian Cinema and World Cinema, while giving due importance to research.
[10]
1991
(39th)
Athmanindayude Pookal
(Flowers of Self-Condemnation)
Malayalam Aravindan Vallachira V. R. Pushpakaran
For critical analysis of M. T. Vasudevan Nair's film. The book is an in-depth study of the complexity of human values and the interaction between social institutions and the individual.
[11]
1992
(40th)
Awara English Gayatri Chatterjee Wiley Eastern Ltd
Her work is a novel experiment, which analyses the film in depth both at a personal and at a social level. What emerges is a clear reflection of the socio-economic fabric of a newly independent India. The book can be rightly termed an extension of Raj Kapoor's artistic sensibilities.
[12]
1993
(41st)
Naalo Nenu Telugu Bhanumathi Ramakrishna K. N. T. Sastry
Her riveting autobiography provides an insight into the working of the Telugu film industry, while tracing her fascinating life and career, written with candour and in an immensely fluent style, the book undergoes the independent spirit of a woman in an excessively male dominated system of the show business. The lively and self-analytical work is a rare phenomenon in a field, where artistes seem to be unnecessarily hesitant to author their life stories.
[13]
1994
(42nd)
Abhinayam Anubhavam Malayalam Bharath Gopi P. Bhuvanesan
For his introspective and self-analytical first person account. Abhinayam Anubhavam is serious and wistful at times, as the actor weaves and interesting picture of his interaction with cinema and his colleagues in the medium. The book is as unusual as it is revealing.
[14]
1995
(43rd)
Marathi Cinema: In Retrospect English Sanjit Narwekar Govind Swarup
For thoroughly researched and well written history of Marathi cinema from the silent era to the present. The text is combined with photographs in such a way as to make the book as visually pleasing as it is valuable as a reference book.
[15]
1996
(44th)
The Eye of the Serpent English S. Theodore Baskaran East West Books Pvt. Ltd.
For the methodically researched books on Tamil films which informs and enlightens the reader about one of the most prolific cinemas of our country which has kept re-defining itself over the decades.
[16]
1997
(45th)
Cinemachi Goshta Marathi Anil Jhankar Rajhans Prakashan
For a certain originality of analysis written in perceptive style together with reliability of information which makes this book capable of enriching the readers understanding of cinema.
[17]
1997
(45th)
Hindi Cinema Aur Delhi Hindi  • Savita Bhakhri
 • Adithya Aswathi
Praveen Prakashan
For a well researched account of Hindi cinema with socio-economic aspects supported by extensive opinion surveys in the Delhi region which endows this book with considerable interest.
1998
(46th)
Cinemaee Bhasha Aur Hindi Samvadon Ka Vishleshan Hindi Kishore Vaswani Hindi Book Centre
For it’s taking on a new area of study, and for its original analysis of the evolution of language in Hindi cinema, drawing links with Indian theatre and literature.
[18]
1999
(47th)
Malayala Cinemayum Sahithyavum Malayalam Madhu Eravankara D. C. Books
For its in-depth analysis of the relationship between literature and film, its thorough understanding of the medium, rigorous research and high readability.
[19]
1999
(47th)
Marathi Chitrapat Sangeetachi Vatchal Marathi Aruna Anant Damle Anil Damle
For its meticulous research its understanding of musical tradition in Marathi film and accessible style.
2000
(48th)
Sholay: The Making of a Classic English Anupama Chopra Penguin Books
For its lucid story-telling. A fast-paced, informative book, a fitting tribute to a box-office phenomenon. Even after 25 years, the making of Sholay, reported crisply and researched thoroughly, makes absorbing reading.
[20]
2001
(49th)
Asoumiya Chalachitrar Chaa-Pohar Assamese Apurba Sarma Jnan Pujari
For its panoramic and incisive analysis of Assamese cinema in the context of National and International scenario.
[21]
2001
(49th)
Moulik Marathi Chitrageete Marathi Gangadhar Mahambare Rajiv D. Barve
For its lucid, anecdotal narration of the growth of Marathi cinema through its film songs.
2002
(50th)
Paroma and other Outsiders: The Cinema of Aparna Sen English Shoma Chatterjee Parumita Publications
For her painstaking work and thought-provoking study of the works of Aparna Sen with a clear focus on their socio-economic relevance and context.
[22]
2002
(50th)
Ritu Aaye Ritu Jaaye Hindi Sarat Dutt Saaransh Publications
For a biography of a trend-setting music director, the late Anil Biswas, whose life story encompasses not just his personal struggles and achievements but also the scenario of Hindi film music when it was at its creative best.
2003
(51st)
Filmi Jagat Mein Ardhashakti Ka Romanch Hindi Bharatiya Jnanpith Ramakrishna
For a unique style of chronicling the flip side of film personality through his own biography. It gives an insight into the history of cinema and film journalism in a refreshingly different style.
[23]
2004
(52nd)
Stardust: Vignettes from the Fringes of Film Industry English Roopa Swaminathan Penguin Books
For giving a rare, fascinating insight into the lives of people on the fringes of the film industry whose contribution to cinema is no less significant. The work is marked by painstaking research and incisive analysis that does not alienate the average cinema lover.
[24]
2005
(53rd)
Kundan Hindi Saransh Prakashan Sharad Dutt
For its warm and insightful reconstruction of the life and art of the legendary singer-actor K. L. Saigal, as well as its significance as reference material which will be accessible to students and cineastes of Indian cinema history.
[25]
2006
(54th)
Helen: The Life and Times of an H-Bomb English Jerry Pinto Penguin Books
For an insightful and witty account of a marginal yet iconic persona of the Hindi cinema.
[26]
2007
(55th)
From Raj to Swaraj: The Non-fiction Film In India English B. D. Garga Penguin Books
For its engaged and illuminating study of non-feature cinema in its social, political and cultural context.
[27]
2008
(56th)
Bollywood Melodies English Ganesh Anantharaman Penguin Books
For sailing down the mainstream of Hindi film music but manages to find rivulets of solace all his own. He blends substance with style, taking care not to appear too profound or flimsy. He brings out the lesser known aspects of popular Hindi film songs thereby infusing them with fresh dignity. Ganesh delves into the ragas of film songs, keeping some space for little banter between artists.
[28]
2009
(57th)
Cinemaa Yaana Kannada K. Puttaswamy Hasiru Prakashana
For its probingly critical introduction to Kannada cinema in its interconnections with literature and theatre, history and society; with insightful analyses of the classics of Kannada cinema and assessments of individual contributions, often from beyond the borders of Karnataka; supplemented by excellent photographs and annotations; and extraordinary production values.
[29]
2010
(58th)
From Rajahs and Yogis to Gandhi and Beyond: Images of India in International Films of the Twentieth Century English Vijaya Mulay Seagull Books
Here is a work of rigorous film scholarship which took the author to many lands and consumed many years of her life. Written in a clear lucid style, the book evokes a panoramic view of India that perhaps was through the eyes of several filmmakers of foreign origin. What adds an extra dimension to the book is the author’s narration of her own life in films even as she is engaged in telling the larger events on and off screen.
[30]
2011
(59th)
R. D. Burman: The Man The Music English  • Anirudha Bhattacharjee
 • Balaji Vittal
Harper Collins India
True to its title this well researched book provides insight into the life and the musical journey of a man who created a new genre of fusion music for films of several decades. The writing illuminates beautifully different aspects of this journey.
[31]
2012
(60th)
Silent Cinema in India - A Pictorial Journey English B. D. Garga Harper Collins India
For its meticulous research and outstanding production qualities that have great archival value of which film-lovers around the world will be proud.
[32]
2013
(61st)
Cinema Ga Cinema Telugu Nandagopal Praga India, Hyderabad

Cinema Ga Cinema is a refreshing treatise on various aspects of film making from its beginning in the early 20th century to the present and even into the future. Veteran film journalist Shri Nandagopal deals in an exhaustive, research based and yet elegant manner with different aspects of the art of cinema, aesthetic values, roles of dance and music,photography, costumes and myriad other aspects of film making not just in India but even in world cinema. His extensive exposure and experience in the film industry lends richness to all parts of the book.
[33]
2014
(62nd)
Silent Cinema (1895-1930)  • English
 • Telugu
Pasupuleti Purnachandra Rao EMESCO BOOKS
Pasupuleti Purnachandra Rao’s work on silent cinema commands attention. It is as worthy of a scholar’s consideration as a common cinegoer’s time. He walks down the memory lane to come up with a work that is likely to go down as a benchmark for serious research in Indian cinema.
[34]
2015
(63rd)
Dr. Rajkumar Samagra Charitre Kannada Doddahullur Rukkoji Preethi Prakashana
Doddahulluru Rukkoji’s work is an encyclopedic study into the life and career of one of India’s greatest screen legends Dr Rajkumar. The 15 year research behind the writing of this double volume makes it a valuable resource for scholars, students and cinephiles of today and tomorrow.
[35]
2016
(64th)
Lata : Sur Gatha Hindi Yatindra Mishra Vani Prakashan
Yatindra Mishra’s encyclopaedic presentation encompasses her life, seven decade career and its impact on Indian cinema. Divided into three sections, the book offers rare insights on the icon, her music and reflects a changing nation.
[36]
2017
(65th)
Matmagi Manipur: The first Manipuri Feature Film Bobby Wahengbam Angomningthou Preservation and Documentation
Bobby Wahengbam's book provides a vivid account of the socio-political scenario in which Manipur regional cinema was born. The book denotes a compassionate account of the dreams, challenges, preparation, execution and success of the team involved. The critical analysis of the film makes it more praiseworthy and insightful.

References

  1. ^ "29th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 4 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "30th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 4 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "31st National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 9 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "32nd National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "33rd National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 7 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "34th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 7 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "35th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 9 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "36th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 9 January 2012. 
  9. ^ "37th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
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  11. ^ "39th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 27 February 2012. 
  12. ^ "40th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 2 March 2012. 
  13. ^ "41st National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
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External links

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