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49th National Film Awards

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49th National Film Awards
Awarded forBest of Indian cinema in 2001
Awarded byDr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
(President of India)
Presented byDirectorate of Film Festivals
Announced on26 July 2002 (2002-07-26)
Presented on13 February 2003 (2003-02-13)
Best Feature FilmDweepa
Best Non-feature FilmSonal
Best Book • Asoumiya Chalachitrar Chaa-Pohar
 • Moulik Marathi Chitrageete
Best CriticVinod Anupam
Lifetime achievementYash Chopra
Most awardsLagaan (8)

The 49th 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 2001.[1][2] Awards were announced by the committee headed by K. S. Sethumadhavan, K. K. Kapil and Bharat Gopy for the feature films, non-feature films and books written on Indian cinema, respectively, on 26 July 2002; whereas award ceremony took place on 13 February 2003 and awards were given away by then President of India, A. P. J. Abdul Kalam.


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 Yash Chopra[3] Director and Producer Swarna Kamal, 1,00,000 and a Shawl

Feature Films

Feature films were awarded at All India as well as regional level. For 49th National Film Awards, a Kannada film, Dweepa won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film; whereas a Hindi film, Lagaan won the maximum number of awards (8). Following were the awards given in each category:[1][2]


A committee headed by K. S. Sethumadhavan was appointed to evaluate the feature films awards. Following were the jury members:[1][2][4]

All India Award

Following were the awards given:[1][2][5]

Golden Lotus Award

Official Name: Swarna Kamal[1][2][5]

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 Dweepa Kannada Producer: Soundarya
Director: Girish Kasaravalli
50,000/- Each
Citation: For the film combines integrity, creativity and aesthetics in its depiction of both the dilemmas and the spirit of a family who defy logic and weather to hold on to their roots.
Best Debut Film of a Director Thiladaanam Telugu Producer: NFDC
Director: K. N. T. Sastry
25,000/- Each
Citation: For its juxtaposition of two diverse ideologies existing within the same family – the father's belief in his religion and traditions and his son's revolutionary ideology. The film strikes a very fine balance in inter-generational explorations.
Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment Lagaan Hindi Producer: Aamir Khan
Director: Ashutosh Gowariker
40,000/- Each
Citation: For showing the victory of the human spirit in the face of oppression and for the creative use of a Cricket game as a metaphor for both colonisation and nationalism.
Best Direction Ooruku Nooruper Tamil B. Lenin 50,000/-
Citation: For telling the eventful story of a revolutionary who has killed for his cause and awarded the death sentence for his crime. It further looks at the issue of capital punishment.
Silver Lotus Award

Official Name: Rajat Kamal[1][2][5]

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 Bub Kashmiri Producer: NFDC
Director: Jyoti Sarup
30,000/- Each
Citation: For exploring the problems of a minority in the face of terrorist activities of forces across the border. Against this macro scenario, the film weaves together more intimate micro stories particularly of the bonding between a sensitive bureaucrat and an orphaned boy.
Best Film on Other Social Issues Chandni Bar Hindi Producer: Lata Mohan Iyer
Director: Madhur Bhandarkar
30,000/- Each
Citation: For its realistic portrayal of the problems of an uprooted woman who is brought to Mumbai and forced to work in a beer bar. The film is a poignant and sensitive depicition of innocent girls trapped in the vicious cycle of survival in the underworld.
Best Actor Neythukaran Malayalam Murali 10,000/-
Citation: For his brilliant portrayal of a character called Mestry, a committed political worker, caught in a web of shifting values-political and social.
Best Actress Chandni Bar Hindi Tabu 10,000/- Each
Citation: For her down to earth and sensitive depiction of a never say die women, uprooted by the scars of communal violence.
Mitr, My Friend English Shobana
Citation: For her lifelike performance of a lonely mother / housewife torn between the social values of different societies which reflects the mood of the film.
Best Supporting Actor Chandni Bar Hindi Atul Kulkarni 10,000/-
Citation: For depicting a ruthless character, trapped in a world without social values.
Best Supporting Actress Chandni Bar Hindi Ananya Khare 10,000/-
Citation: For her humane and realistic performance of a complex character.
Best Child Artist Kutty Tamil P. Shwetha 10,000/-
Citation: For her subdued portrayal of Kutty, a young girl made to suffer the agonies of social disparity and human exploitation.
Best Male Playback Singer  • Lagaan
 • Dil Chahta Hain
("Jaane Kyon")
Hindi Udit Narayan 10,000/-
Citation: For the song "Mitwa" in Hindi film "Lagaan" and "Jaane Kyon Log Pyaar Karte Hain" in Hindi film "Dil Chahta Hai".
Best Female Playback Singer Udayageethavin Azhagi
("Pattu Cholli")
Tamil Sadhana Sargam 10,000/-
Citation: For her lilting and touching rendering of the song.
Best Cinematography Dweepa Kannada Cameraman: Ramachandra Halkere
Laboratory Processing: Prasad Film Laboratory
10,000/- Each
Citation: For his excellent camerawork that captures the agrarian milieu with strong visual metaphors. His work stands out for its deft handling of the situation, social vignettes and characters.
Best Screenplay Show Telugu G. Neelakanta Reddy 10,000/-
Citation: For the film, which seems to probes a real – unreal dramatic situation involving two characters full of emotion and conflicts, with a rare touch of artistic sensitivity.
Best Audiography Lagaan Hindi  • H. Sridhar
 • Nakul Kamte
Citation: For The sound effects recorded both efficiently and imaginatively heighten the visual impact of the film.
Best Editing Mitr, My Friend English Beena Paul 10,000/-
Citation: For her crisp and taut cutting, makes her bag this award. The excellence is on view in frames offering imaginative touch.
Best Art Direction Lagaan Hindi Nitin Chandrakant Desai 10,000/-
Citation: For aesthetically recreating the pre independence period village with authentic details.
Best Costume Design Lagaan Hindi Bhanu Athaiya 10,000/-
Citation: For taking microscopic care in designing the costumes of pre independence era which gives the film an authentic look.
Best Music Direction Lagaan Hindi Songs and Background Score: A. R. Rahman 10,000/-
Citation: For a music score, that is both regional in character and popular in appeal bringing out the ethos of Saurashtra region.
Best Lyrics Lagaan
("Radha Kaise Na Jale" and "Ghanan Ghanan")
Hindi Javed Akhtar 10,000/-
Citation: For using very simple language to bring out the richness of the Kutch locale.
Best Special Effects Aalavandhan Tamil N. Madhusudhanan 10,000/-
Citation: For its creative execution of live and animated special effects which enhance the dramatic impact of the film.
Best Choreography Lagaan
("Ghanan Ghanan")
Hindi Raju Khan 10,000/-
Citation: For choreography of that particular song is very lively and skifully composed keeping our tradition and heritage in mind.
Special Jury Award Kutty Tamil Janaki Vishwanathan (Director) 25,000/-
Citation: For its realistic portrayal of the transition of a girl child from rural Tamilnadu to Chennai, in search of a livelihood. The film sensitises its viewers to the exploitation of child domestic labour, commonly prevalent within middle class families.
Special Mention Panoi-Jongki Miri / Mising  • Dilip Doley
 • Narayan Seal (Director)
Certificate Only
Citation: For effectively capturing the spirit of the colourful mongoloid tribe located at the foot hills of Arunachal Pradesh.

Regional Awards

The award is given to best film in the regional languages in India.[1][2][5]

Name of Award Name of Film Awardee(s) Cash Prize
Best Feature Film in Bengali Hemanter Pakhi Producer: NFDC
Director: Urmi Chakraborty
20,000/- Each
Citation: For showing the plight of an educated woman who seeks her own identity within the trappings of her traditional role of mother and wife. A contemporary socially relevant issue has been handled with great sensitivity.
Best Feature Film in Hindi Dil Chahta Hai Producer: Ritesh Sidhwani
Director: Farhan Akhtar
20,000/- Each
Citation: For artistically and humorously portraying the growing up years of young persons in modern society.
Best Feature Film in Kannada Atithi Producer: Mitrachitra
Director: P. Sheshadri
20,000/- Each
Citation: For addressing the universal affliction of terrorism. It portrays the impact of this scourge on innocent lives, human relations and behavioural patterns. It examines the issue at a human level with which viewers can empathise.
Best Feature Film in Malayalam Dany Producer: T. V. Chandran
Director: T. V. Chandran
20,000/- Each
Citation: For documenting the life of an ordinary human being who is denied any meaningful relationship within his family. In the end however the film very subtly but effectively brings out the triumph of the dignity of human relationships.
Best Feature Film in Odia Magunira Shagada Producer: NFDC
Director: Prafulla Mohanty
20,000/- Each
Citation: For showing the agony of a man trapped within tradition and unable to accept the changes that impact life around him.
Best Feature Film in Tamil Ooruku Nooruper Producer: L. Suresh
Director: B. Lenin
20,000/- Each
Citation: For depicting a thought provoking story about crime, based on ideology. It reflects upon life, death and justice.
Best Feature Film in Telugu Show Producer: Manjula Ghattamaneni
Director: G. Neelakanta Reddy
20,000/- Each
Citation: For depicting the development of human relations between two strangers with spontaneous humour and rare insight into life.

Best Feature Film in Each of the Language Other Than Those Specified In the Schedule VIII of the Constitution

Name of Award Name of Film Awardee(s) Cash Prize
Best Feature Film in English Mitr, My Friend Producer: Suresh Menon
Director: Revathi
20,000/- Each
Citation: For depicting the agony of individuals torn between social values practised in different societies. It explores the nuances of emotions within a marriage and family.

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 K. K. Kapil 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][6]

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 Sonal Hindi and English Producer: Films Division
Director: Prakash Jha
25,000/- Each
Citation: For its excellent use of the cinematic medium to give an insight into one of the greatest dancers of India.
Best Non-Feature Film Direction Jorasanko Thakurbari English Buddhadeb Dasgupta 10,000/- Each
Citation: For artistically unfolding the history of the house of the Tagores.

Silver Lotus Award

Official Name: Rajat Kamal[1][2][6]

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 First Non-Feature Film Diary of a Housewife Malayalam Producer: Asha Joseph and Vinod Sukumaran
Director: Vinod Sukumaran
10,000/- Each
Citation: For the innovative approach in narrating the pathos of a housewife who is waiting for her husband to return from war.
Best Anthropological / Ethnographic Film The Monpas of Arunachal Pradesh English Producer: Films Division
Director: Aribam Syam Sharma
10,000/- Each
Citation: For exploring the vibrant rites and rituals of the Monpa tribe.
Best Biographical Film Teejan Bai Hindi Producer: Kuldeep Sinha for Films Division
Director: V. Packirisamy
10,000/- Each
Citation: For the portrayal of the success story of the folk artist.
Best Environment / Conservation / Preservation Film The Holy Ganga Hindi Producer: Y.N. Engineer for Films Division
Director: Viplove Bhatia
10,000/- Each
Citation: For its thought provoking content which makes the viewers realise how badly the mother Ganga is treated.
Best Promotional Film News Magazine No. 458 (In Search of Muga Silk) English Producer: Y.N. Engineer for Films Division
Director: K.G. Das
10,000/- Each
Citation: For depicting the unique art of Muga silk weaving of Assam.
Best Film on Social Issues A New Paradigm English Producer: Aruna Raje Patil
Director: Aruna Raje Patil
10,000/- Each
Citation: For dealing with the lives of the mentally challenged, the trauma of their relatives and the endless effort of the teachers to bring hope to this segment of the society.
Best Educational / Motivational / Instructional Film Kanavu Malayilekku Malayalam Producer: Tomy Mathew
Director: M.G. Sasi
10,000/- Each
Citation: For its attempt to reassert the tribal identity and impart a sense of dignity to the tribal children.
Best Investigative Film Kalahandi Oriya and English Producer: Soudamini Mishra
Director: Gautam Ghose
10,000/- Each
Citation: For its courageous expose of endemic poverty in the backward region of Orissa and the state's apathy to it.
Best Animation Film The Pink Camel Hindi Producer: Children's Film Society
Director: Paushali Ganguli
Animator: Paushali Ganguli
10,000/- Each
Citation: For interesting animation, enlightening the viewers against superstitions.
Best Short Fiction Film Chaitra Marathi Producer: Film and Television Institute of India
Director: Kranti Kanade
10,000/- Each
Citation: For beautifully exploring human relations centred around an age-old ritual of Haldi and Kumkum.
Best Film on Family Welfare Sayante Thinte Padavukal Malayalam Producer: Ratheesh Ramayya
Director: Satheesh Venganoor
10,000/- Each
Citation: For sensitive portrayal of the plight of the aged who are neglected by their families.
Best Cinematography Jorasanko Thakurbari English Cameraman: Nilotpal Sarkar
Laboratory Processing: Prasad Film Laboratory
10,000/- Each
Citation: For imaginatively capturing images in light and shade, through smooth movements to bring life to the historical house of the Tagores'.
The Monpas of Arunachal Pradesh English Cameraman: Irom Maikpak
Laboratory Processing: Prasad Kalinga Lab
Citation: For his fascinating style of framing under uncontrolled situations.
Best Audiography Enough of Silence English Anup Mukherjee 10,000/-
Citation: For adding a new dimension to the film through innovative sound track.
Best Editing Athman Universal Ajith 10,000/-
Citation: For maintaining the pace and drama of the film without any spoken words.
Best Music Direction Chaitra Marathi Bhaskar Chandavarkar 10,000/-
Citation: For creating traditional music that blends aesthetically with the theme of the film.
Special Jury Award Orchestra Hindi Kireet Khurana (Producer)
Bhimsain (Director)
Citation: For effectively conveying the message of national integration through synchronous use of sound and animated images of musical instruments.
Special Mention Kalahandi Oriya and English A. R. Tripathi Certificate Only
Citation: For his carefully crafted words giving an additional dimension to the film.
Chaitra Marathi Sonali Kulkarni (Actress)
Citation: For the subtle display of her wide range of emotions.

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 Bharat Gopy was appointed to evaluate the writing on Indian cinema. 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)' and cash prize.

Name of Award Name of Book Language Awardee(s) Cash Prize
Best Book on Cinema Asoumiya Chalachitrar Chaa-Pohar Assamese Author: Apurba Sarma
Publisher: Jnan Pujari
7,500/- Each
Citation: For its panoramic and incisive analysis of Assamese cinema in the context of National and International scenario.
Moulik Marathi Chitrageete Marathi Author: Gangadhar Mahambare
Publisher: Rajiv D. Barve
Citation: For its lucid, anecdotal narration of the growth of Marathi cinema through its film songs.
Best Film Critic Hindi Vinod Anupam 15,000/-
Citation: For the deep insight and social concern reflected in his questioning of phenomenon as varied as the disappearance of villages from Hindi screen and the glorification of terrorism.

Special Mention

All the award winners are awarded with Certificate of Merit.[1][2]

Name of Award Language Awardee(s) Cash Prize
Special Mention (Film Critic) Malayalam Author: C. S. Venkiteswaran Certificate Only
Citation: For his serious approach in understanding the celluloid idiom and its social implications.

Awards not given

Following were the awards not given as no film was found to be suitable for the award:[1][2][5]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "49th National Film Awards". International Film Festival of India. Archived from the original on 24 December 2013. Retrieved 14 March 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "49th National Film Awards (PDF)" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 14 March 2012.
  3. ^ "Dadasaheb Phalke Award Past Recipients". Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 5 March 2012.
  4. ^ "Jury Members for the 49th National film Awards (Feature Films)". Press Information Bureau (PIB), India. Retrieved 14 March 2012.
  5. ^ a b c d e "49th National film Awards (Feature Films)". Press Information Bureau (PIB), India. Retrieved 13 March 2012.
  6. ^ a b "49th National film Awards (Non-Feature Films)". Press Information Bureau (PIB), India. Retrieved 14 March 2012.

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