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Watchout: Film, TV and OTT players are taking Indian citizens for a ride

Anand Prakash

Across the country, whether you are in the capital or or other big cities, towns, and villages; whether you live in a hut, makeshift shanty, a single-room tenement, a two room house or a three-bedroom luxury apartment. At a time when the Corona virus has locked everyone in their homes, you will find one thing common everywhere. It is the TV connected to the set top box or the broadband OTT platforms. This is the only means of entertainment. That too entertainment 24×7.

This contraption brings direct to your homes films – short films to the shortest and also the full-length movies. Apart from these, there are the Web movies, dramas and serials. Their theme is good, plot, acting, direction, music, everything is impeccable. Suspense also remains at peak.The whole family wants to watch it. But as there is only one TV in most houses, all have to watch it together! The latest films are now most easily available. When you start watching a films or tele-drama on your TV set, it is not easy to leave it midway.

Now the big question is…Can you watch most of what gets shown by different platforms and channels along with the whole family?

Answer is no. Why – Because often the characters are shown hurling the worst of abuses and there is no censor mechanism to mind their profanities.

In addition to these abuses, one also ends up watching crude gestures, endless sarcasm, inane scenes, sex perversions and a narrative that is often demeaning for a particular religion — all of it crossing the boundaries of vulgarity; all this is unnecessarily inserted in the movies and TV episodes. As if all this is the soul of these films and the non-inclusion of such trash will mean the film or the TV drama will fail to collect TRP.

There is another common scene that will be found in every film – the urinal -where the hero, the villain or his companions, while urinating, talk, make plans, make love and if there are enemies, they plot, play enmity, fight, and go for kidnappings and demonstrate shameless ways to urinate.

The Curse

Members of cultured and civilised families find it difficult to make eye contact with others within the family after going through the routine of watching stuff on TV. They are only filled with regret – Why were they watching all this!

Anger against the TV Set

When mind is filled with anger, the heart wants to pick up the TV and just slam it; But it is not Pakistan where on losing a cricket match with India, they take out all their anger on TV.
Here, in most households, there is just one TV that too more often than not is purchased on installments. So breaking the TV is out of question and the heart ends up grieving.

Why such movies & Drama

When ever a question is raised, the film makers say, they only produce what people want. One does not understand what is the compulsion of these filmmakers? What kind of mental deformity is this, why do they jump into the filth of excessive permissiveness, abuses, and vulgar dialogues.

The producers don’t even realise what they are serving to the masses in the name of films? What absurdity, and obscenity they are teaching to the younger generation, to what depths of promiscuity are they bent upon pushing our young boys and girls to. Unfortunately, all this us now within easy reach of our minor and innocent children through their smart phones?

Feeling of loss

Is it that no body is responsibility towards the country, towards the audience, and towards the society?

Answer is, Probably not. 

Even if one agrees that no one is responsible towards the society, then what about the responsibility of the leaders towards their immediate families, parents, siblings, wives and children? It may be that they see no wrong and have also got their whole families in the same mould and they care a hoot for norms and the value system. 

One fails to understand, who told them that only by riding piggyback on abusive riff-raff and filthy language and dialogues, and by using freedom of expression as excuse, their films will have better TRP,  and they would climb the ladders of success and become rich by cutting the pockets of the audience?

Only once

Hey, every film Director and producer who is in the top bracket and is recognised for making good international standard films – for once, just once, make these films are free of dirt, then see how it will captivate millions of viewers like me.

Why is the Minister silent?

Even if one were to forgive these producers, one fails to understand what has happened to the I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar, his ministry, and the so-called Censor Board (The Board of Film Certification) and ruling party seniors? All of them claim to be upholders of Indian culture. They shout from rooftops about their commitment to the eternal cultural splendor of India. Is this the culture that they inherited from their ancestors? Is this the culture they have blindly accepted?


Anand Prakash, has been a career journalist. In Madhya Pradesh, he was the Bureau Chief of Hindustan for the Hindustan Times Group from mid-60s to mid-70s. Then he moved over to Delhi and covered Parliament for long years as a trail blazing Special Correspondent. He has also had a marathon innings, the longest by anybody, as President of the Hindustan Times Employees Union.

The movie buff and the gentlemen of Kolkata

Tapan Misra

Today’s young men, like my son, will not understand the thrill of watching movies in dilapidated movie theaters, called Cinema Halls, in all our teen hood, school and college days spent in the 70s and 80s. Nowadays they watch movies on OTT platforms in the comfort of home or in swanky multiplexes chewing popcorn and drinking coke. In our days, movie watching was considered a taboo, especially Hindi movies, by “Bhadra Loks” (Gentry) of Kolkata. They were considered blasphemous because of blatant display of romantic contents, though censored mercilessly by custodians of socialist state.

My first movie was the 1966 Bengali classic “Subhas Chandra”. Still the tunes of “Ekbar biday de Ma ghure ashi” (“Bid me goodbye Mother”) by Lata Mangeskar, haunts me. All of our family watched in Meena Cinema in suburban locality of Sodepur. Next family viewing was Satyajit Ray’s 1969 classic “Gupi Gayen Bagha Bayen”. I watched it many more times. In different ages, the movie appeared to render different connotations and interpretations.

Another 1967 Uttam Kumar classic “Antony Firingi” I remember entirely for different reasons. It was a blockbuster in those days running in theaters for months together with “Housefull” signs hanging outside. It appears that my college going uncle and my school going sister went to watch the movie in Meena Cinema. Uncle, bunked the classes and sister went with her classmates, without the knowledge of their families. Both ducked spotting each other. In the afternoon, a big row broke out between them, each threatening to complain against each other to my stern father!!

My first brush with tabooed Hindi cinema was in 1972, on the occasion of my sister’s marriage. My wealthy youngest maternal uncle sponsored the Devanand and Zeenat Aman starrer 1971 classic “ Hare Rama Hare Krishna”. We all siblings from all different relations, including algebraic ones, went to watch in Sandhya theatre, near our house at Khardah. Almost two coveted back rows, with torn cushions, costing princely 2 Rs 25 Paise, were booked. Most of us were wearing fashionable yellow cotton shirts with “Hare Ram Rare Krishna” printed in Hindi. “Dum Maro Dum” song stuck to my brain, even till today.

When we reached teens, we started our rendezvous with Hindi films with our classmates. Those days, even now, movies used to be released on Fridays. I used to go every Thursday afternoon to Prafulla Cinema when giant posters on canvas of upcoming movies, used to be painted by dreary looking wizened artists. I used to be amazed how simple white chalk sketches metamorphosed into our favourite stars and heroines with strokes of rough brushes, dipped in paints, mixed on earthen pots of a variety of shapes.

We all friends belonged to the lower middle class, growing up with shortages of affluence. Pocket money was scarce and far between. We used to accumulate those precious pocket money to spend on our favourite film stars in opportune times.

We could afford only the front few wooden rows of the theatres costing 90 paise per seat. They were earlier 65 paise. But we used to rue the increase in our time. The ticket prices were fixed by the Government. We used to curse the Marxist Government for the misfortune which descended on us. You have to stand in a suffocating queue, pressed by rusted cast iron railings, swayed by the pressure of the crowd. Just 15 minute before the show time, the counter would open. You had to tender exact changes for the ticket. Maximum one to four tickets were allowed, depending upon box office success. If you delay in removing the hand, you will be caned by a burly fellow standing beside to discipline the queue. Every time, it was a survival from near stampede one.

We got hooked to Tequila, Ventures and Come September tunes, played invariably in all theaters, before the start of the movie.

There used to be Royal seats too, costing very much affordable 25 paise or “Char Ana”. You can pay the sum to the light man at the interval time to watch only second half. He will allow you to sit on the narrow floor on the ground, just in front of the first row. The strain on the neck was worth the main action being played in the second half. Most of us watched the beautiful song “dafli wale dafli baja” ( featuring Jayaprada and Rishi Kapoor in the 1979 classic “Sargam”) many a time by paying for Royal seat. Sometimes the light man will throw coins at the screen, like in romantic classic “Satyam Sivam Sundaram”, which will be followed by in copycat manner by the audience. After the show, the light man will collect the accumulated coins happily.

Many of us were influenced greatly by the characters in the movies. Some of us, after watching “Sholay”, all time hit, started behaving thug like, a la Amzad Khan. After getting influenced by the Amitabh Bachchan classic, “Yarana”, one of my classmate decorated his brand new shirt, with copycat dog collar, gifted to him for Durga Puja celebration, with a lining of flickering LED bulbs. Mithunda’s “Disco Dancer” movie influenced my friend so much that he became sought after street dancer in immersion processions of Goddess Durga, for many many years.

I never had the fate to watch romantic movies comfortably. I went to watch a rerun of the romantic classic “Julie” in Priya theatre in Ballygunge. The chairs were full of bedbugs (or chair bugs?), half the fans were not working. The stuffiness was unbearable, forcing us to occupy the windows and watch movies with windows open.Priya is the only theatre which boasted a series of windows. I went to watch a rerun of another classic “Bobby” in a theater in Tollygunge. Fifteen minutes into the movie, the high tide of the Hoogly River, flowing by, flooded the hall and we had to watch the movie virtually standing on the seat.

I cherish my days in Narendrapur Ramakrishna Mission. It was a very strict residential campus, needed a lot of paperwork and convincing the hostel super to go out of campus. Movie going students devised the gate number 2.5, on the wall somewhere between gate numbers 2 and 3. Enterprising students created soil mounds on both sides of the wall, making it easier to jump over the wall to freedom. Strict omerta was clamped to maintain secrecy.

Mostly we were nocturnal animals, preferring night shows as it was easier to get tickets. Only disadvantage was that when you return to the hostel, the gate will be closed. We have found a way of removing the vertical rods in the windows in the ground floor and entering. We nicknamed those gates as 11 (eleven) no. gate.

I remember, we were returning from the night show after watching Sandhya Roy starrer Bengali blockbuster “Ganadevata”. Narendrapur had 25% students who were visually handicapped. One such student went to watch the movie along with us. While returning, in the Garia bus stop, that blind gentleman had an urge to smoke. But he forgot the vital accessory- match box. He asked for one matchbox from the gentleman, waiting at the bus stop. He politely lit the match. Both the faces got illuminated briefly. To our horror, that gentleman was none other than our Bengali language professor and a tough one. By coincidence, all the members of the group started scoring pathetically afterwards in his examinations.

I got bored by seeing all studious boys preparing the previous day of the tough mathematics examination in the Higher secondary board. I went alone for the night show for the rerun of the Bachchan-Rajesh Khanna classic “Anand”. On my return, I safely negotiated both the gate nos. 2.5 and 11. When I was entering my room, I was caught by Hostel Super and it will be an understatement, if I say, I was given an earful. No wonder, higher degrees eluded me.

If I look back, those days, teens in Kolkata schools and colleges were broadly classified in two groups. A small group, known for passion for movies, especially Hindi ones. They never hesitated to bunk classes to pursue their passion. The dominant rest were generally obedient and innocent. The first group became bankers, scientists, politicians, real estate tycoons, entrepreneurs, CEOs, VPs, MNC honchos, celebrated medical professionals, top engineers, innovators, IIT Directors, space scientists, historians, philosophers, authors, poets, Naxalites, MLAs, Ministers, well known thugs etc. etc. And the second type became “Bhadralok (Gentlemen)”, maintaining Kolkata’s glorious traditions and ethos.


Tapan Misra is a world renowned distinguished scientist. He is ex-Director Space Application Centre and Advisor Department of Space, Government of India.

67th National Film Awards: Sikkim wins award for Most Film Friendly State

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  • An Engineered Dream wins Best Film in Non-Feature Film category, Marakkar-Arabikkadalinte-Simham bags Best Feature Film award
  • Maharshi wins Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment; Anandi Gopal takes the award for Best Film on Social Issues
  • B Praak wins Best Male Playback Singer for ‘Teri Mitti’ from the movie Kesari; Oththa Seruppu Size-7 bags Special Jury Award
  • Dhanush and Manoj Bajpayee share the award for Best Actor
  • Kangana Ranaut wins Best Actress award for Manikarnika-The Queen of Jhansi and Panga

The Jury for the 67th National Film Awards announced the winners for the year 2019 here today. Ahead of the announcement, the Chairperson and other Jury members called on the Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Shri Prakash Javadekar and presented him with the selections for the Awards. The Jury comprised of eminent film makers and film personalities from across the Indian cine-world. The awards were announced by Shri N. Chandra, Chairman, Central Panel, Shri Arun Chaddha, Chairman, Non Feature Films Jury, Shri Shaji N Karun, Chairman, Most Film Friendly State Jury and Shri Saibal Chatterjee, Chairman Best Writing on Cinema Jury.

An Engineered Dream, a hindi film has bagged the award for Best Non-Feature Film while Marakkar-Arabikkadalinte-Simham has taken home the award for Best Feature Film. Kastoori has been awarded Best Children’s Film award. Shrikshetra- Ru-Sahijata has won the best Arts and Culture Film.


Sikkim has bagged the award for being Most Film Friendly State. Savani Ravindra has won Best Female Playback Singer for her song Raan Petala from the Marathi movie Bardo. Gireesh Gangadharan has been awarded Best Cinematography for the Malayalam film Jallikkettu.

A complete list of the awards is given below.

67th National Film Awards, 2019

Most Film Friendly State Award

Sr. No.StateMedal
 SikkimRajat Kamal & Certificate

67th National Film Awards, 2019

Best Writing on Cinema

Award for Best Book on Cinema:

Sr. No.Title of the BookLanguageName of the AuthorName of the PublisherMedal and Cash prize
 A GANDHIAN AFFAIR: INDIA’S CURIOS PORTRAYAL OF LOVE IN CINEMAEnglishSanjay SuriHarperCollins Publishers IndiaSwarna Kamal and Rs. 75,000/-

Special Mention:

Sr. No.Title of the BookLanguageName of the AuthorAward
 CINEMA PAHANARA MANUSMarathiAshok RaneCertificate
 KANNADA CINEMA: JAGATHIKA CINEMA VIKASA-PRERANE- PRABHAVAKannadaP R Ramadasa NaiduCertificate

Award for Best Film Critic:

Sr. No.Name of CriticLanguageMedal and Cash Prize
 Sohini ChattopadhyayEnglishSwarna Kamal and Rs. 75,000/- 

67th National Film Awards, 2019

Non-Feature Films Section

67th National Film Awards 2019

Non-Feature Films Results

S.No.Category of  AwardTitle of the FilmAwardeeMedal& Cash Prize
 BEST NON-FEATURE FILM AN ENGINEERED DREAM (HINDI) Producer & Director :  Hemant Gaba  Swarna Kamal Rs. 1,50,000/-each
 BEST DEBUT NON-FEATURE FILM OF A DIRECTORKHISA (MARATHI)Producer : P P Cine Production Director :  Raj Pritam More Rajat  Kamal Rs. 75,000/- each
 BEST  ETHNOGRAPHIC FILM CHARAN-ATVA THE ESSENCE OF BEING A NOMAD (GUJARATI)Producer : Films Division Director : Dinaz KalwachwalaRajat  Kamal Rs 50,000/- each
 BEST BIOGRAPHICAL FILMELEPHANTS DO REMEMBER (ENGLISH)Producer : Films Division Director : Swati Pandey, Viplove Rai Bhatia & Manohar Singh BishtRajat  Kamal Rs 50,000/-  Producer Rs. 50,000/- (Shared) Directors
 BEST ARTS and CULTURE FILMSHRIKSHETRA-RU-SAHIJATA (ODIA)Producer& Director :Ashutosh PattnaikRajat  Kamal Rs 50,000/- each
 BEST PROMOTIONAL FILMTHE SHOWER (HINDI)Producer : Little Lamb Films Pvt. Ltd. Director :  Bauddhayan MukherjiRajat  Kamal Rs 50,000/- each
 BEST ENVIRONMENT FILMTHE STORK SAVIOURS (HINDI)Producer: Rajiv Mehrotra, PSBT Director :  Ajay Bedi & Vijay Bedi Rajat  Kamal Rs 50,000/-  Producer Rs 50,000/-  Directors (Shared)
 BEST FILM ON SOCIAL ISSUESHOLY RIGHTS (HINDI)    & LADLI (HINDI)Producer:  Priyanka Pradeep More Director :  Farha Khatun & Producer & Director : Sudipta KunduRajat  Kamal Rs. 50,000/- Producers (Shared)  Rs. 50,000/- Directors (Shared)
 BEST EDUCATIONAL FILMAPPLES AND ORANGES (ENGLISH)Producer:  LXL Ideas Private Limited Director :  Rukshana TabassumRajat  Kamal Rs 50,000/- each 
 BEST EXPLORATION FILM WILD KARNATAKA (ENGLISH)Producer: Amoghavarsha J S Director : Amoghavarsha JS, Kalyan Varma, Sarath Champati & Vijaya Mohan RajRajat  Kamal Rs 50,000/- Producer Rs. 50,000/- Directors (Shared)
 BEST INVESTIGATIVE FILMJAKKAL (MARATHI)Producer:Neon Reel Creation Director : Vivek WaghRAJAT  Kamal Rs 50,000/- each
 BEST ANIMATION FILMRADHA (MUSICAL)Producer : Fairy Cows Director : Bimal PoddarAnimator : Nitin KharkarRajat  Kamal Rs 50,000/- each
 SPECIAL JURY AWARDSMALL SCALE SOCIETIES (ENGLISH)Director : Vipin Vijay  Rajat  Kamal Rs 1,00,000/-
 BEST SHORT FICTION FILMCUSTODY(HINDI/ENGLISH)Producer & Director :Ambiecka PanditRajat  Kamal Rs 50,000/- each
 BEST FILM ON FAMILY VALUESORU PAATHIRAA SWAPNAM POLE (MALAYALAM)Producer:  Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute Director : Sharan VenugopalRajat  KamalRs. 50,000/- each
 BEST DIRECTIONKNOCK KNOCK KNOCK (ENGLISH/BENGALI)Director :  Sudhanshu Saria Swarna Kamal Rs. 1,50,000/-
 BEST CINEMATOGRAPHYSONSI (HINDI)Cameraman:  Savita Singh Rajat  KamalRs. 50,000/-
 BEST ON-LOCATION SOUND RECORDISTRAHAS (HINDI)On location sound recordist  : Saptarshi SarkarRajat  KamalRs. 50,000/-
 BEST AUDIOGRAPHYRADHA (Musical)Re-recordist (final mixed track) : Allwin Rego & Sanjay MauryaRajat  Kamal Rs 50,000/- (Shared)
 BEST EDITING SHUT UP SONA (HINDI/ENGLISH)Editor : Arjun Gourisaria  Rajat  KamalRs 50,000/-
 BEST MUSIC DIRECTIONKRANTI DARSHI GURUJI-AHEAD OF TIMES (HINDI)Music Director:  Bishakhjyoti Rajat  Kamal, Rs 50,000/-
 BEST NARRATION/ VOICE OVERWILD KARNATAKA (ENGLISH)Voice Over : Sir David AttenboroughRajat  KamalRs 50,000/-

67th National Film Awards, 2019

Feature Films Section

67th National Film Awards 2019

Feature Films – Results

S.No.Category of AwardTitle Of  The FilmAwardeeMedal& Cash Prize
 Best Feature FilmMARAKKAR-ARABIKKADALINTE-SIMHAM (Malayalam)Producer:  Aashirvad Cinemas Director: Priyadarshan Swarna Kamal andRs. 2,50,000 (each)
 Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of a DirectorHELEN(Malayalam)Producer: Big Bang Entertainments Director:  Mathukutty XavierSwarna Kamal and Rs.1,25,000 (each)
 Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome EntertainmentMAHARSHI(Telugu)Producer:  Sri Venkteswara Creations Director:  Paidipally Vamshidhar RaoSwarna Kamal andRs. 2,00,000/- (each)
 Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration TAJMAL(Marathi)Producer: Tuline Studios Pvt. Ltd. Director: Niyaz Mujawar Rajat Kamal andRs. 1,50,000/- (each)
 Best Film on Social IssuesANANDI GOPAL (Marathi)Producer: Essel Vision Productions Ltd., Freshlime Films LLP & Namah Pictures Pvt. Ltd. Director: Sameer VidwansRajat Kamal andRs. 1,50,000/- (each)
 Best Film on Environment Conservation/PreservationWATER BURIAL (Monpa)Producer: Faruque Iftikar Laskar Director: Shantanu SenRajat Kamal andRs. 1,50,000/- (each)
 Best Children’s FilmKASTOORI(Hindi)Producer :  Insight Films Director: Vinod Uttreshwar KambleSwarna Kamal andRs. 1,50,000/- (each)
 Best DirectionBAHATTAR HOORAIN (Hindi)Director:  Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan Swarna Kamal andRs. 2,50,000/-
 Best ActorBHONSLE (Hindi)            & ASURAN (Tamil) Actor : Manoj Bajpayee            & Actor : DhanushRajat Kamal andRs. 50,000/-  (Shared)
 Best ActressMANIKARNIKA-THE QUEEN OF JHANSI (Hindi)            &PANGA (Hindi)Actress : Kangana RanautRajat Kamal andRs. 50,000/- 
 Best Supporting ActorSUPER DELUXE (Tamil)Supporting Actor:  Vijaya Sethupathi Rajat Kamal andRs. 50,000/-
 Best Supporting ActressTHE TASHKENT FILES (Hindi)Supporting Actress:  Pallavi Joshi Rajat Kamal andRs. 50,000/-
 Best Child ArtistKD(A) KARUPPU DURAI (Tamil)Child Artist : Naga Vishal Rajat Kamal andRs. 50,000/-
 Best Male Playback SingerKESARI(Hindi)Singer : B PraakSong “Teri Mitti”Rajat Kamal andRs. 50,000/-
 Best Female Playback SingerBARDO(Marathi)Singer : Savani RavindraSong “Raan Petala”Rajat Kamal andRs. 50,000/-
 Best Cinematography JALLIKKETTU (Malayalam)Cameraman: Gireesh Gangadharan Rajat Kamal andRs. 50,000/-
 Best Screenplay JYESHTHOPUTRO (Bengali)  GUMNAAMI (Bengali)  THE TASHKENT FILES (Hindi)Screenplay writer (original): Kaushik Ganguly Screenplay writer (adapted): Srijit Mukherji Dialogue Writer:  Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri Rajat Kamal andRs. 50,000/- (each)
 Best AudiographyIEWDUH (Khasi)  TRIJYA (Marathi)  OTHTHA SERUPPU SIZE-7 (Tamil)Location Sound Recordist (for sync sound films only) : Debajit Gayan Sound Designer : Mandar Kamalapurkar    Re- recordist of the final mixed track: Resul PookuttyRajat Kamal andRs. 50,000/- (each)
 Best EditingJERSEY (Telugu)Editor: Navin Nooli Rajat Kamal andRs. 50,000/-
 Best Production DesignANANDI GOPAL (Marathi)Production  Designer:  Sunil Nigwekar & Nilesh Wagh Rajat Kamal andRs. 50,000/- (Shared)
 Best Costume DesignerMARAKKAR-ARABIKKADALINTE-SIMHAM (Malayalam)Costume Designer:  Sujith Sudhakaran      &V. Sai Rajat Kamal and Rs.50,000/- (Shared)
 Best Make-up ArtistHELEN (Malayalam)Make-up Artist: Ranjith Rajat Kamal andRs. 50,000/-
 Best Music DirectionVISWASAM (Tamil)  JYESHTHOPUTRO (Bengali)Music Director (Songs): D. Imman Music Director (Background Music): Prabuddha BanerjeeRajat Kamal andRs. 50,000/- (each)
 Best LyricsKOLAAMBI (Malayalam)Lyricist: Prabha VarmaSong “ Arodum Parayuka Vayya”Rajat Kamal andRs. 50,000/-
 Special Jury Award OTHTHA SERUPPU SIZE-7 (Tamil) Producer  & Director :  Radhakrishnan Parthiban Rajat Kamal andRs. 2,00,000/-   
 Best Special EffectsMARAKKAR-ARABIKKADALINTE-SIMHAM (Malayalam) Special Effects Creator : Siddharth Priyadarshan  Rajat Kamal andRs. 50,000/-
 Best ChoreographyMAHARSHI (Telugu)Raju SundaramRajat Kamal andRs. 50,000/- 
 Best Action Direction Award (Stunt Choreography)  AVANE SRIMANNARAYANA (Kannada) Vikram MorRajat Kamal andRs. 50,000/-
 Best Feature Film in each of the language specified in the Schedule VIII of the Constitution 
 Best  Assamese Film RONUWA – WHO NEVER SURRENDERProducer:   Bornali Creative Vision Entertainment Director:  Chandra Mudoi Rajat Kamal andRs. 1,00,000/- (each) 
 Best Bengali  Film GUMNAAMIProducer: SVF Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. Director: Srijit Mukherji Rajat Kamal andRs. 1,00,000/- (each)
 Best Hindi Film CHHICHHOREProducer: Nadiawala Grandsons Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.& Fox Star Studios Director: Nitesh Tiwari  Rajat Kamal andRs. 1,00,000/- (each)
 Best Kannada Film AKSHIProducer: Kalaadegula StudioDirector: Manoj KumarRajat Kamal andRs. 1,00,000/- (each)
 Best Konkani Film KAAJROProducer:  de Goan Studio Director: Nitin Bhaskar Rajat Kamal andRs. 1,00,000/- (each)
 Best Marathi Film BARDOProducer:  Ritu Films Cut LLP Director: Bhimrao Mude Rajat Kamal andRs. 1,00,000/- (each)
 Best Malayalam Film KALLA NOTTAMProducer: First Print Studios Director: Rahul Riji NairRajat Kamal andRs. 1,00,000/- (each)
 Best Manipuri Film EIGI KONAProducer:  Luwang Apokpa Mamikol Production Director:  Bobby Wahengham & Maipaksana HaorongbamRajat Kamal andRs. 1,00,000/- (Shared)
 Best Odia Film SALA BUDHAR BADLA   & Kalira AtitaProducer: New Generation Films Director: Dr. Sabyasachi Mohapatra & Producer: Eleeanora Images Pvt. Ltd. Director: Nila Madhab PandaRajat Kamal andRs. 1,00,000/- (Shared)
 Best Punjabi FilmRAB DA RADIO 2Producer:  Vehli Janta Films Director: Sharandeep SinghRajat Kamal andRs. 1,00,000/- (each)
 Best Tamil Film ASURANProducer: V Creations Director: Vetri MaaranRajat Kamal andRs. 1,00,000/- (each)
 Best Telugu Film JERSEYProducer: Sithara Entertainments Director: Gowtam TinnanuriRajat Kamal andRs. 1,00,000/- (each)
 Best Feature Film in each of the languages other than those specified in Schedule VIII of the Constitution   
 Best Chhattisgarhi Film BHULAN THE MAZEProducer: Swapnil Film Productions Director: Manoj VermaRajat Kamal andRs. 1,00,000/- (each)
 Best Haryanvi Film CHHORIYAN CHHORON SE KAM NAHI HOTIProducer: Essel Vision Productions Limited &  Satish Kaushik Entertainment Director:  Rajesh Amar Lal BabbarRajat Kamal andRs. 1,00,000/- (each)
 Best  Khasi Film IEWDUHProducer: Shiven Arts Director: Pradip KurbahRajat Kamal andRs. 1,00,000/- (each)
 Best  Mishing Film ANU RUWADProducer: Obonori Pictures Director: Dilip Kumar DoleyRajat Kamal andRs. 1,00,000/- (each)
 Best Paniya Film KENJIRAProducer: Neru Films Director: Manoj  KanaRajat Kamal andRs. 1,00,000/- (each)
 Best Tulu Film PINGARAProducer: DMR Productions Director: R Preetham ShettyRajat Kamal andRs. 1,00,000/- (each)
 Special MentionBIRIYAANI (Malayalam) JONAKI PORUA (Assamese) LATA BHAGWAN KARE (Marathi) PICASSO (Marathi)Director : Sajin Babu Actor : Benjamin Daimary Actress : Lata Kare  Director : Abhijeet Mohan WarangCertificate
      

67th National Film Awards, 2019

Jury

67th National Film Awards, 2019

FEATURE FILMS JURY

 CENTRAL PANEL
 N Chandra (Chairman)
 C Umamaheswara Rao (Member)
 Ms. Manju Borah (Member)
 Dilip Shukla (Member)
 Ms. Bijaya Jena (Member)
 Manoj Joshi (Member)
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Jabalipuram Hindu Mahasabha blasts “A Suitable Boy” streaming on Netflix; MP Home Minister orders investigation

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Bhopal/Jabalpur: Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra has ordered investigation into Mira Nair’s “A Suitable Boy” drama streaming on Netflix.

Mira Nair has directed this adaptation of Vikram Seth’s novel. Tabu, Ishaan Khatter and Tanya Maniktala are the main actors.

Pandit Amit Khampariya, head of Jabalipuram Hindu Mahasabha, has thanked the MP Home Minister for ordering investigation into the controversial Netflix TV drama. It’s Season 1 is now on Netflix.

Khampariya said in a statement that the conspiracy against Hindu religion and everyone behind it will have to be exposed, only then will the nation be safe.

In ‘A Suitable Boy’, being streamed by @NetflixIndia, kissing scenes have been shot in the courtyard of a temple and shown thrice in a single episode. The TV drama shows a Hindu woman is in love with a Muslim young man. Questions are being raised and it is being asked why the kissing scene has been shot in the temple? An FIR has been lodged in this case in Rewa by social activist Gaurav Tiwari in this matter.

Do not consider the tolerance of Hindus as their weakness, it is an insult not only to Madhya Pradesh but also to Lord Shiva and crores of Shiva devotees, the head of Jabalipuram Hindu Mahasabha has stated.

Rani Ahilyabai Holkar dedicated Maheshwar Ghat to the devotees of Shiva, but @NetflixIndia is using this holy place to promote love-jihad and hurt Hindu sentiments, Khampariya said, adding he is deleting netflix from his smartphone.

Khampariya has further stated that “A Suitable Boy” was shot in Maheshwar (November-December 2019). At that time there was a Congress government in Madhya Pradesh. Drawing attention to Congress MLA Vijayalakshmi Sadho, he has accused her of extending support to this anti-Hindu TV drama and allowing its shooting in the temple courtyard. He has demanded apology from the Congress party and Kamal Nath in this regard.