National Film Award for Best Investigative Film

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National Film Award for Best Investigative Film
award for contributions to short film
Sponsored byDirectorate of Film Festivals
Reward(s)
  • Rajat Kamal (Silver Lotus)
  • 50,000 (US$720)
First awarded1990
Last awarded2017
Most recent winner1984, When the Sun Didn't Rise
Highlights
Total awarded25
First winnerUna Mitran Di Yaad Pyaari (In Memory of Friends)

The National Film Award for Best Investigative Film is one of the National Film Awards presented annually by the Directorate of Film Festivals, the organisation set up by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, India. It is one of several awards presented for non-feature films and awarded with Rajat Kamal (Silver Lotus).

The award was instituted in 1990, at 38th National Film Awards and awarded annually for short films produced in the year across the country, in all Indian languages.

Winners[edit]

Award includes 'Rajat Kamal' (Silver Lotus) and cash prize. Following are the award winners over the years:

List of films, showing the year, language(s), producer(s), director(s) and citation
Year Film(s) Language(s) Producer(s) Director(s) Citation Refs.
1990
(38th)
Una Mitran Di Yaad Pyaari
(In Memory of Friends)
 • English
 • Hindi
 • Punjabi
Anand Patwardhan Anand Patwardhan
For the ardent pursuit of truth in an explosive contemporary atmosphere, with objectivity, courage and lucidity.
[1]
1991
(39th)
Bhagirathi Ki Pukaar Hindi Anwar Jamal Anwar Jamal
For the in-depth analysis of the impact of proposed Tehri Dam on the environment and the people affected by it.
[2]
1992
(40th)
Ram ke Naam Hindi Anand Patwardhan Anand Patwardhan
For a skilfully made film on a major problem of the times; the communal divide and rise of militant Hindutva groups that led to demolition of Babri Mosque
[3]
1993
(41st)
Benefit For Whom at Whose Cost? English Dinesh Lakhanpal Dinesh Lakhanpal
For a well researched and detailed investigation of the fears and tribulations of the people living under the looming shadow of a long-delayed multipurpose hydel project.
[4]
1994
(42nd)
Father, Son and Holy War (Part I – Trial by Fire, Part II – Hero Pharmacy)  • Hindi
 • English
Anand Patwardhan Anand Patwardhan
For probing beyond the objective, in its pursuit of insights, allowing even the unexpected to suggest the oblique.
[5]
1995
(43rd)
Limit to Freedom English Deepak Roy Deepak Roy
For depicting the miserable plight of women prisoners and their bleak protests for any future.
[6]
1996
(44th)
N. M. No. 309 Bhiwandi Tragedy English Yash Chowdhary V. Packiri Swamy
For the exploration of the issue of health hazards faced by migrant industrial workers.
[7]
1997
(45th)
Thirst Hindi Y. N. Engineer for Films Division Swadesh Pathak for Films Division
For a hard hitting indictment of the realities of water resource mismanagement in rural India.
[8]
1998
(46th)
Saga of Darkness Bengali Creative Image Gautam Sen
For its courageous expose of an inhuman practice and state apathy.
[9]
1999
(47th)
No Award [10]
2000
(48th)
Wearing the face English Bankim for Films Division Joshy Joseph for Films Division
For insight-fully and sensitively probing the masked lives of college students of Manipur, who are compelled by socio-political circumstances to pull rickshaws for their livelihood.
[11]
2001
(49th)
Kalahandi  • Oriya
 • English
Soudamini Mishra Gautam Ghose
For its courageous expose of endemic poverty in the backward region of Orissa and the state's apathy to it.
[12]
2002
(50th)
No Award [13]
2003
(51st)
A Silent Killer English Dhananjoy Mondal Dhananjoy Mondal
The film is a forceful statement on the disastrous consequences of millions of people drinking water contaminated with "arsenic". In a simple but effective manner, the filmmaker explores and then brings out the enormity of the problem.
[14]
2004
(52nd)
Harvest of Hunger  • English
 • Oriya
Action Aid India Rupashree Nanda
For portraying the apathy and the hardships of drought effected villagers from Bolangir District, and their struggle to survive under an atmosphere of compulsive exploitation in excellent investigative and poignant style.
[15]
2005
(53rd)
The Whistle Blowers English Rajiv Mehrotra Umesh Aggarwal
For a small film with a big impact! In the best traditions of Investigative reportage, the film highlights the burning issue of hazards to health and pollution norms.
[16]
2006
(54th)
Mere Desh Ki Dharti Hindi Rajiv Mehrotra Sumit Khanna
For exploring in depth the problem of falling agro-production and poisoning of the food chain due to use of chemical fertilizers and chemical pesticides.
[17]
2007
(55th)
The Journalist and a Jihadi English Romesh Sharma  • Romesh Sharma
 • Ahmad Jamal
For trying to uncover the sequence of events that led to the gruesome murder of the Wall-street journalist, Daniel Pearl. This film is very well researched and the investigation provides an insight into the working of a militant organisation.
[18]
2008
(56th)
Distant Rumblings English Ms. Rongsenkala Bani Prakash Das
For evoking painful memories of World War II as experienced by people of North East India, after the Japanese invasion. Through war wreckages found in the jungles and first person accounts, the film stitches together a moving story of affected families long forgotten.
[19]
2009
(57th)
No Award [20]
2010
(58th)
A Pestering Journey  • Malayalam
 • Punjabi
 • Hindi
 • English
 • Tulu
Ranjini Krishnan K. R. Manoj
For the pet detective in a reverse act, an emotive documentary exposing not only stories of cruel impact of pest control on human health but also arrests out attention to a more fundamental question – who is a pest ?.
[21]
2011
(59th)
Cotton for My Shroud English Kavita Bahl  • Nandan Saxena
 • Kavita Bahl
For exposing the growing apathy of the state, the tightening grip of multinationals and the web created by middlemen and moneylenders towards small cotton growing farmers in Vidarbha. The film successfully investigates the vicious trap of debts, deceptions and suicides.
[22]
2012
(60th)
Inshallah, Kashmir English Ashvin Kumar Ashvin Kumar
For unflinchingly and boldly stepping into unearthing the truth about Kashmir. A passionate inquiry connecting with the people, discovering what is called 'Kashmiriyat' and at the same time exposing the role the state, police and army have played in alienating them from India.
[23]
2013
(61st)
Katiyabaaz  • Hindi
 • Urdu
 • English
Globalistan Films Pvt. Ltd.  • Deepti Kakkar
 • Fahad Mustafa
For its cutting edge investigation into the life of a typical Indian city, the film uses strong characters, juxtapositions and humour to create a visual arch that delineates the haves and have-nots of power.
[24]
2014
(62nd)
Phum Shang Films Division Haobam Paban Kumar
For its quiet and fair-hearted investigation of the fishermen communities and their floating dwellings on Loktak Lake, Manipur, even as government agencies and conservationists struggle to save the lake.
[25]
2015
(63rd)
Tezpur 1962 English Films Division Samujjal Kashyap
Lost in the mist of time – an attempt to trace the untold...
[26]
2016
(64th)
Placebo English Archana Fadke Abhay Kumar
An important and intelligently crafted film that investigates the malaise plaguing one of India's premiere educational institutions, showing us a mirror of our times.
[27]
2017
(65th)
1984, When the Sun Didn't Rise Teenaa Kaur Teenaa Kaur
A determined effort of a filmmaker to come to terms with a disturbing event in history.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "38th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 9 January 2012.
  2. ^ "39th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 27 February 2012.
  3. ^ "40th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 2 March 2012.
  4. ^ "41st National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 3 March 2012.
  5. ^ "42nd National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 5 March 2012.
  6. ^ "43rd National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 6 March 2012.
  7. ^ "44th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 9 January 2012.
  8. ^ "45th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 11 March 2012.
  9. ^ "46th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 12 March 2012.
  10. ^ "47th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 13 March 2012.
  11. ^ "48th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 13 March 2012.
  12. ^ "49th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 14 March 2012.
  13. ^ "50th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 14 March 2012.
  14. ^ "51st National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 15 March 2012.
  15. ^ "52nd National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 28 January 2012.
  16. ^ "53rd National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 19 March 2012.
  17. ^ "54th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 24 March 2012.
  18. ^ "55th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 26 March 2012.
  19. ^ "56th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 27 March 2012.
  20. ^ "57th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 28 March 2012.
  21. ^ "58th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 29 March 2012.
  22. ^ "59th National Film Awards for the Year 2011 Announced". Press Information Bureau (PIB), India. Retrieved 7 March 2012.
  23. ^ "60th National Film Awards Announced" (PDF) (Press release). Press Information Bureau (PIB), India. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
  24. ^ "61st National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. 16 April 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 April 2014. Retrieved 16 April 2014.
  25. ^ "62nd National Film Awards" (PDF) (Press release). Directorate of Film Festivals. 24 March 2015. Retrieved 24 March 2015.
  26. ^ "63rd National Film Awards" (PDF) (Press release). Directorate of Film Festivals. 28 March 2016. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
  27. ^ "64th National Film Awards" (PDF) (Press release). Directorate of Film Festivals. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 June 2017. Retrieved 7 April 2017.

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