The President of India, Smt. Draupadi Murmu presented the National Film Awards for the year 2020 under various categories at the 68th edition of the ceremony in New Delhi today. The prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award was also presented on the occasion. On this occasion, Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting (I&B), Shri Anurag Singh Thakur, Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, Dr. L. Murugan, Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Shri Apoorva Chandra, Chairman of the Jury and other dignitaries were present.
Speaking on the occasion, the President congratulated Dadasaheb Phalke Avari Ms. Asha Parekh for her special contribution to the world of cinema and said that for her the award is a recognition of women empowerment.
Films have a huge impact across all art forms, the President remarked, adding that films are not only an industry but also a medium of artistic expression of our value system. Cinema is also an effective medium of nation building.
Mrs Murmu said that as the country celebrates the Amrit Mahotsav of Independence, feature and non-feature films related to the life stories of freedom fighters, known and unknown, would be welcomed by the Indian audience. The audience desires to produce such films which promote unity in the society, accelerate the pace of development of the nation and strengthen the efforts of environmental protection.
Highlighting the recognition that Indian music has received abroad, the President said that it has been a great medium to spread India’s soft-power globally. He further remarked that in July this year, a meeting of foreign ministers of SCO member states was held in Uzbekistan, where a foreign band performed a popular song from a 1960s Hindi film at the closing ceremony. went.
He further added that to make more effective use of this soft-power, we have to enhance the quality of our films. “Now in our country films made in one region are becoming very popular in all other regions as well. In this way Indian cinema is tying all the countrymen in a cultural thread. This film community has a huge contribution to the Indian society.”
Speaking on the occasion, Shri Anurag Thakur said that he firmly believes that cinema is poetry in pictures that depict magic, miracles and madness that make us feel alive and human. Cinema has captured and carved the conscience, community and culture of our country. He further added that budding actors, professionals and stalwarts of the Indian film industry have tickled and touched our hearts and minds for over a century.
Speaking on the role played by OTT platforms during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Minister said that today cinema has crossed the limits of theater and has reached the comfort of our homes and mobile phones with the advent of OTT. The Minister credited the film stars of India for their contribution during the pandemic and said that amid the grim reality of COVID and the fragile global macroeconomic conditions, the entertainment and message you provided was our ray of hope.
The Minister appreciated the State Government of Madhya Pradesh for winning the Most Film Friendly State Award for the second time in five years. The Minister invited the awardees to guide the future creators of the film Jadoo being selected through 75 Creative Minds of Tomorrow and expressed their support for this unique initiative of motivating and mentoring the youth of the next generation of the award winners. will shape the generation.
India is a land of linguistic diversity and no one showcases this diversity better than the National Film Awards. Talking about the brightest winners from across the country, Shri Anurag Thakur said that once again the awards have brought to the fore the regional strength of the country and reminded us how Indian cinema is blooming with brilliance and brilliance and is blooming. He further said that films like Kachichinithu in Karbi Bhasha, Ena’s testimony in Dangi and Semkhor in Dimasa are exceptional showcases of our linguistic wealth.
Shri Thakur expressed immense happiness on the award of Best Child Artist to 4 child artistes today and also made a special mention to Divyesh Indulkar, a differently abled boy and one of the awardees. Expressing happiness that Nanjiamma is a folk singer, who won the Best Playback Singer award, the Minister said that she hails from a small tribal community of Kerala, which does not have any professional films and this shows the power of our storytelling and talent.
Ena’s Testimony was awarded the Best Non-Feature Film award during the ceremony, while Soorarai Potru was awarded Best Feature Film. Suriya and Ajay Devgn jointly received the Best Actor award, while Aparna Balamurali was given the Best Actress award. Satchidanandan KR won the Best Director award for the Malayalam film AK Ayyappanam Koshiyum and Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior won the Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment award.