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Golden Lotus for Malyalam 'Pulijanmam' in National Film Awards
New Delhi | Tuesday, Jun 10 2008 IST
 
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'Pulijanmam'(Malyalam), directed by Priyanandanan, bagged the prestigious 'Swarna Kamal'(golden Lotus) in the Best Feature Film category of the 54th National Film Awards, 2006, announced here today.

The citation for 'Pulijanmam', produced by M G Vijay, said it was ''a layered film that uses metaphors to address global and local issues of contemporary society.'' The award carried a cash prize of Rs 2,50,000.

Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee and Tamil filmstar Priyamani both got the Rajat Kamal (Silver Lotus) as the Best Actor and Best Actress for their role in 'Podokkhepand', and 'Paruthi Veeran', respectively.

Jury said the actor ''etched the agonies and elations of an elederly person trying to keep peace with changing times.'' The citation for Priyamani said she had been selecetd for the honour ''for portraying the ferocity of love as a firebrand village girl.'' Sanjay Dutt starrer 'Lage Raho Munnabhai', directed by Rajkumar Hirani won the award for the Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment.

The award has been given '' for revalidating the philosophy of non-violence in a strife-torn world and helping rediscover the Gnadhi within the commonman,'' the citation said.

The film also got awards in other categories -- Best lyrics, Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor.

Madhur Bhandarakar got the top film honour as best director for his film 'Traffic Signal'(Hindi). He has been recognised for ''weaving in the lives of, livelihoods and concerns of the street dweller in a metro and the inspiring stand that makes the protagonist a role model across society.'' The award for Best Music direction went to Ashok Patki for Antarnad(Konkani).

The Indira Gandhi Award for the Best First Film of Director went jointly to Ekantham(Malyalam) and Kabul Express(Hindi) directed by Madhukaithapuram and Kabir Khan, respectively.

The best film award in the non-feature film category was bagged by Bishar Blues by Amitabh Chakraborty.

''The films treats a sensitive subject in a poetic form. It demoloishes the myth that the practice of Islam is monolithic and not multifaceted,'' the citation said.

Earlier, the three members of the jury for the 54th National Film Awards for Feature and Non-Feature films-Buddhadeb Dasgupta, K Bikram Singh and Madhu Jain-submitted their recommendations to Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Priyaranjan Dasmunsi here this morning.

The awards for 2007 will be announced later as the whole process has been disturbed due to the long delay in the announcement of 2005 awards, which was done only last year. The delay was caused by the court orders for stay obtained by a member of the jury who had challenged the criteria for inclusion of films for consideration of awards.

-- (UNI) -- 10DI14.xml

 

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