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35th National Film Awards

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35th National Film Awards
Awarded forBest of Indian cinema in 1987
Awarded byR. Venkataraman
(President of India)
Presented byDirectorate of Film Festivals
Presented onApril 1988 (1988-04)
Best Feature FilmHalodhia Choraye Baodhan Khai
Best Non-Feature FilmBhopal: Beyond Genocide
Best BookKazhchayude Asanthi
(Torments of Seeing)
Best Film CriticBrajeshwar Madan
Dadasaheb Phalke AwardRaj Kapoor
Most awards • Anantaram
 • Nayakan
 • Tamas (3)

The 35th National Film Awards, presented by Directorate of Film Festivals, the organisation set up by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, India to felicitate the best of Indian Cinema released in the year 1987.[1][2] Ceremony took place in April 1988 and awards were given by then President of India, R. Venkataraman.

Starting with 35th National Film Awards, National Film Award for Best Direction for Feature films section is awarded with Swarna Kamal (Golden Lotus). For Non-feature films section, two new awards were instituted and awarded with Rajat Kamal (Silver Lotus) namely, Best Educational / Motivational Film and Best Short Fiction Film.


Awards were divided into feature films, non-feature films and books written on Indian cinema.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Name of Award Awardee(s) Awarded As Awards
Dadasaheb Phalke Award Raj Kapoor Actor, Film director and Film producer Swarna Kamal, 1,00,000 and a Shawl

Feature Films

Feature films were awarded at All India as well as regional level. For 35th National Film Awards, an Assamese film, Halodhia Choraye Baodhan Khai won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film and a Malayalam film, Anantaram along with a Tamil film, Nayakan and a Hindi film, Tamas won the maximum number of awards (3). Following were the awards given in each category:[1][2]


A committee headed by Shyam Benegal was appointed to evaluate the feature films awards. Following were the jury members:[1][2]

All India Award

Following were the awards given:[1][2]

Golden Lotus Award

Official Name: Swarna Kamal[1][2]

All the awardees are awarded with 'Golden Lotus Award (Swarna Kamal)', a certificate and cash prize.

Name of Award Name of Film Language Awardee(s) Cash Prize
Best Feature Film Halodhia Choraye Baodhan Khai Assamese Producer: Sailadhar Baruah and Jahnu Barua 50,000/-
Director: Jahnu Barua 25,000/-
Citation: For its mastery of cinematic form and the totality of its film craft and for its authentic depiction of the Indian rural problem and for the life affirmating human dignity it portrays in the face of the most trying social circumstances.
Best Debut Film of a Director Ekti Jiban Bengali Producer: Chalchitra
Director: Raja Mitra
25,000/- Each
Citation: For a very courageous first attempt of a director in tackling the subject of an individual unwavering in his conviction in the cultural value of his language and single handly making available its enriching value to the generation of his people who will come after him.
Best Feature Film Providing Popular and Wholesome Entertainment Pushpaka Vimana Silent film Producer:Singeetam Srinivasa Rao and Shringar Nagaraj 50,000/-
Director: Singeetam Srinivasa Rao 25,000/-
Citation: For its innovative approach to entertainment.
Best Children's Film Swamy Hindi Producer: T. S. Narasimhan 30,000/-
Director: Shankar Nag 15,000/-
Citation: For the delightful recreation of childhood and growing up in an Indian village during the freedom movement.
Best Direction Anantaram Malayalam Adoor Gopalakrishnan 25,000/-
Citation: For the exceptional mastery of the craft in dealing with a very complex and unusual subject for the cinema.
Silver Lotus Award

Official Name: Rajat Kamal[1][2]

All the awardees are awarded with 'Silver Lotus Award (Rajat Kamal)', a certificate and cash prize.

Name of Award Name of Film Language Awardee(s) Cash Prize
Best Feature Film on National Integration Tamas Hindi Producer: M/s Blaze Entertainment 30,000/-
Director: Govind Nihalani 15,000/-
Citation: For recreating without compromise the tragic events leading to the communal holocaust at the eve of partition in a Punjab village.
Best Film on Other Social Issues Ore Oru Gramathiley Tamil Producer: M/s Janani Arts Creations 30,000/-
Director: Jyothipandian 15,000/-
Vedham Pudhithu Producer: S. Rangarajan 30,000/-
Director: P. Bharathiraja 15,000/-
Citation: For tackling the problem of caste differences and discrimination from the opposite ends of the hierarchy in their own way in a convincing manner and for the rigorous statement they make and the solutions they offer.
Best Actor Nayakan Tamil Kamal Haasan 10,000/-
Citation: For his outstanding and moving portrayal of a multi-faceted character with subtle moral nuances played with total control and extraordinary histrionic skill.
Best Actress Veedu Tamil Archana 10,000/-
Citation: For the totally naturalistic portrayal of a middle class working woman faced with everyday tensions of living and her attempts to overcome the ever-increasing problems of urban life.
Best Supporting Actor Rithubhedam Malayalam Thilakan 10,000/-
Citation: For his sharp and incisive delineation of the immorality of a human being who is weak and mean.
Best Supporting Actress Tamas Hindi Surekha Sikri 10,000/-
Citation: For her compelling performance as a woman who has not lost her innate human goodness even under the most adverse and stressful conditions of the holocaust.
Best Child Artist Swamy Hindi Master Manjunath 10,000/-
Citation: For his utterly charming and delightful portrayal of a young school going village boy who is combination of innocence and mischief, pointing to the inherent natural wisdom of the young.
Best Male Playback Singer Unnikale Oru Kadha Parayam
("Unnikale Oru Kadha Parayam")
Malayalam K. J. Yesudas 10,000/-
Citation: For the vivacity and mellifluous rendering of the theme song, giving full and meaningful expression to the lyric.
Best Female Playback Singer Ijaazat
("Mera Kuchh Saamaan")
Hindi Asha Bhosle 10,000/-
Citation: For her rendition with high professional skill and expression, of the many nuances of emotion and meaning of the highly poetic lyrics.
Best Cinematography Nayakan Tamil P. C. Sreeram 15,000/-
Citation: For the precise interpretation in lighting and camera operation adding a very vital dimension to the narrative.
Best Screenplay Anantaram Malayalam Adoor Gopalakrishnan 10,000/-
Citation: For the precision in structuring a very complex narrative content requiring both exceptional dramatic and literary skills.
Best Audiography Anantaram Malayalam  • P. Devadas
 • T. Krishnanunni
 • N. Harikumar
Citation: For harnessing all the elements of sounds, music and silence to create a perfect complement to the visual design of the film.
Best Editing Vedham Pudhithu Tamil P. Mohanraj 10,000/-
Citation: For being able to find an original editing vocabulary appropriate to the story in order to create a perfect blend of narrational and motivating elements.
Best Art Direction Nayakan Tamil Thotta Tharani 10,000/-
Citation: For interpreting the visual content of the film as authentically as possible, both in the design and construction of the sets and the colour schemes, to create the appropriate atmosphere and character of the film.
Best Costume Design Pestonjee Hindi  • Ramilla Patel
 • Mani Rabadi
Citation: For recreating the costumes of the period and the Parsi community with meticulous attention to detail, enhancing the quality of the film.
Best Music Direction Tamas Hindi Vanraj Bhatia 10,000/-
Citation: For creating a thematic score on a heroic scale through melody and complex harmonic arrangements of a symphonic character to stress the human anguish during the holocaust that followed partition, helping greatly in defining the tragic dimensions of the events.
Best Lyrics Ijaazat
("Mera Kuchh Saamaan")
Hindi Gulzar 10,000/-
Citation: For an extremely elegant lyric using subtle similies and metaphors to express attachment, desire and parting and finally to serve as a definition to love within the context of the film.
Special Jury Award M. B. Sreenivasan (Posthumously) 10,000/-
Citation: For his contribution to a whole genre of film music, for promoting the welfare of technicians of all disciplines in the film industry and for pioneering choral music of a very high order and community singing on a national scale.

Regional Awards

The award is given to best film in the regional languages in India.[1][2]

Name of Award Name of Film Awardee(s) Cash Prize
Best Feature Film in Assamese Pratham Ragini Producer: S. N. Bora 20,000/-
Director: Dhiru Bhuyan 10,000/-
Citation: For significant achievement as a first film in a region still young in cinema and for the portrayal of a young girl's courage and optimism in the face of great adversity and personal tragedy.
Best Feature Film in Bengali Antarjali Jatra Producer: NFDC 20,000/-
Director: Gautam Ghose 10,000/-
Citation: For creating through an event of the early 19th century a universal parable of exploitation, life and death with an underlying faith in the inevitability of change.
Best Feature Film in Hindi Pestonjee Producer: NFDC 20,000/-
Director: Vijaya Mehta 10,000/-
Citation: For creating an exquisite and gentle tale full of irony, stressing the universal need for human companionship, loyalty and acceptance of life.
Best Feature Film in Kannada Kadina Benki Producer: M/s Manasa Arts 20,000/-
Director: Suresh Heblikar 10,000/-
Citation: For its sincerity in its attempt to delve into the problem of marital discords due to psychological imbalance in an artistic manner.
Best Feature Film in Malayalam Purushartham Producer: P. T. K. Mohammad 20,000/-
Director: K. R. Mohanan 10,000/-
Citation: For creating highly disciplined work of great formal quality of a little boy's discovery of his dead father's environment and his eventual alienation from his mother.
Best Feature Film in Marathi Sarja Producer: Seema Deo 20,000/-
Director: Rajdutt 10,000/-
Citation: For its patriotic vigour in the retelling of a story set during the turbulent times of Shivaji.
Best Feature Film in Oriya Nishidhdha Swapna Producer: Manmohan Mahapatra 20,000/-
Director: Manmohan Mahapatra 10,000/-
Citation: For its uncompromising technique in objectively observing in life of a family in an Oriya village defining the attitudes, motivations, hopes and disillusionment of each one in the context of social change of which they are all a part.
Best Feature Film in Tamil Veedu Producer: Kaladas 20,000/-
Director: Balu Mahendra 10,000/-
Citation: For a deeply compassionate portrayal of a middle class working woman with an old grandfather and sister as her dependents, attempting to retain the integrity of her family in the present day urban milieu.

Non-Feature Films

Short Films made in any Indian language and certified by the Central Board of Film Certification as a documentary/newsreel/fiction are eligible for non-feature film section.


A committee headed by Buddhadeb Dasgupta was appointed to evaluate the non-feature films awards. Following were the jury members:[1][2]

Golden Lotus Award

Official Name: Swarna Kamal[1][2]

All the awardees are awarded with 'Golden Lotus Award (Swarna Kamal)', a certificate and cash prize.

Name of Award Name of Film Language Awardee(s) Cash Prize
Best Non-Feature Film Bhopal: Beyond Genocide English Producer: Cinemart Foundation
Director: Tapan K. Bose, Suhasini Mulay and Salim Shaikh
25,000/- Each
Citation: For its sincere, conscientious study of a very important socio-technological issue of recent times, which explores its subject with a multi-faceted and humanistic approach.

Silver Lotus Award

Official Name: Rajat Kamal[1][2]

All the awardees are awarded with 'Silver Lotus Award (Rajat Kamal)' and cash prize.

Name of Award Name of Film Language Awardee(s) Cash Prize
Best Anthropological / Ethnographic Film Raaste Band Hain Sab Hindi Producer: Manjiri Dingwaney, Rural Labour Cell
Director: Manjiri Dutta
10,000/- Each
Citation: For dealing with an old issue such as caste-ism in a profound cinematic style, wherein the leitm of it of the exploitation of man by man and its consequences for the present are never lost track of.
Best Biographical Film Basheer - The Man English Producer: Kannakulam Abdulla
Director: M. R. Rahman
10,000/- Each
Citation: For its presentation of a relatively unknown literary personality through a fresh, spontaneous, uninhibited portrayal that brings out the complexity of an unconventional individual, rich in wit and worldly wisdom .
Best Arts / Cultural Film The Kingdom of God English Producer: Shilpabharati Publicity
Director: Ranabir Ray
10,000/- Each
Citation: For treating its subject with careful cinematic detail and with a deep sincerity towards the very rich folk painting scene in rural India.
Best Scientific Film (including Environment and Ecology) A Cooperative for Snake Catchers English Producer: Eco Media Pvt Ltd
Director: Romulus Whitaker and Shekar Dattatri
10,000/- Each
Citation: For informative portrayal of concepts such as the use of traditional skills and knowledge existing in a tribal society for the common good, indirectly spreading a scientific temper all around.
Best Industrial Film Golden Muga Silk - The Cultural Heritage of Assam English Producer: Director (NE), Central Silk Board, Assam
Director: Siba Prasad Thakur
10,000/- Each
Citation: For its exhaustive and well researched analysis of Assam's traditional sericulture industry and factors that have contributed to its survival and growth.
Looking Back English Producer: Drishtikon Productions for Films Division
Director: Prakash Jha
10,000/- Each
Citation: For depicting the highly technical area of the contemporary industrial scene with sophistication and style.
Best Agricultural Film Angora For Wool English Producer: D. Gautaman for Films Division
Director: K. Jagjivan Ram
10,000/- Each
Citation: For its simplicity and straightforwardness in advising the people of hilly region to adopt the comparatively new and remunerative occupation of rearing angora rabbits for their wool.
Best Historical Reconstruction / Compilation Film The Story of Delhi English Producer: Serbjeet International for Films Division
Director: Serbjeet Singh
10,000/- Each
Citation: For its aesthetic and innovative presentation of architectural history of a great capital city, giving the viewer the sense of being a participant observer in its evolution and thus a sense of pride in belonging to such a city.
Best Film on Social Issues Sankalp Hindi Producer: Madhya Pradesh Film Development Corporation Ltd.
Director: Rajendra Janglay
10,000/- Each
Citation: For rendering in a poetic, at the same time, sociological manner, the ordinary theme of the construction of a dam, its allied good and its consequences that would be the harbinger of progress.
Best Educational / Motivational Film Paani Marathi Producer and Director: Sumitra Bhave 10,000/- Each
Citation: For expounding that self help is the best help and that solutions to individual problems of those of a society can be initiated and completed successfully, even within the development process.
Best Exploration / Adventure Film Antarctica - A Continuing Mystery
(News Magaize No: 101)
English Producer: Vijay B. Chandra for Films Division
Cameraman: Mahesh Kamble
10,000/- Each
Citation: For its daring and poetic coverage of scientific experiments carried out in Antarctica.
Best News Review Colours of Life
(News Magaize No: 100)
English Producer: Pritam S. Arshi for Films Division
Cameraman: Mahesh P. Sinha and Sant Lal Prasad
10,000/- Each
Citation: 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.
Best Animation Film End Game English Producer: B. R. Shendge for Films Division
Director and Animator: Arun Gongade
10,000/- Each
Citation: For effectively using the medium of animation to make a visual metaphor come live, the shadow of nuclear annihilation looms over the world as superpowers play a deadly game which has no winners.
Best Short Fiction Film The Eight Column Affair English Producer: Film and Television Institute of India
Director: Sriram Raghavan
10,000/- Each
Citation: For its innovative use of cinematic techniques to put together a surrealistic collage of visual that add up to a delightfully brisk narrative, full of whimsical humour.
Special Jury Award Barren Harvest English Rajiv Mehrotra 8,000/-
Citation: For his creative and sensitive handling of the serious iodine deficiency in flood prone areas of Eastern UP.
Special Mention The Kingdom of God English Ashok Gunjal (Cameraman) Certificate only
Citation: For his aesthetically pleasing and technically proficient camerawork.

Best Writing on Cinema

The awards 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.


A committee headed by Sunil Ganguly was appointed to evaluate the writing on Indian cinema. Following were the jury members:[1][2]

Silver Lotus Award

Official Name: Rajat Kamal[1][2]

All the awardees are awarded with 'Silver Lotus Award (Rajat Kamal)' and cash prize.

Name of Award Name of Book Language Awardee(s) Cash Prize
Best Book on Cinema Kazhchayude Asanthi
(Torments of Seeing)
Malayalam Author: V. Rajakrishnan 10,000/-
Citation: 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.
Best Film Critic Hindi Brajeshwar Madan 5,000/-
Citation: For his indepth approach to film appreciation, not limited solely to film reviewing, but extending to the wider aspects of film making and analysing the theme and treatment of the films for their social relevance.

Awards not given

Following were the awards not given as no film was found to be suitable for the award:[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "35th National Film Awards". International Film Festival of India. Archived from the original on 14 July 2016. Retrieved 9 January 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "35th National Film Awards (PDF)" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 9 January 2012.

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