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President Pranab Mukherjee presents 70 awards at the 62nd National Film Awards today

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

The President of India  Pranab Mukherjee presented the 62nd National Film Awards including Dada Saheb Phalke Award  today at a function in Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.

A total of 21 Awards will be given by the Honourable President in the Non-Feature film category while the number of awards in Feature Film category is 45. Three Awards will be given to Best Writing on Cinema.

The National Film Awards are conferred every year on May 3rd for films produced in the previous calendar year, the day on which, in 1913, India’s first feature length film Raja Harish Chandra was released.

The highlights of the 62nd National Film Awards are as follows:

  • The Award for the Best Feature Film was given to Court (Marathi, Hindi, Gujarati & English) produced by Zoo Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. and directed by Chaitanya Tamhane.
  • Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of a Directorwill was given to Asha Jaoar Majhe (Bengali) directed by Aditya Vikram Sengupta and Producer: F.O.R Films Pvt. Ltd.
  • The Award for the Best Popular Film providing Wholesome Entertainment was given to Mary Kom (Hindi) produced by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures and Directed by Omung Kumar.
  • The Award for the Best Film on Social Issues was given to Chotoder Chobi (Bengali) produced by Shree Venkatesh Films Pvt. Ltd. and directed by Kaushik Ganguly.
  • The Award for the Best Director was given to Shri Srijit Mukherji for the Film Chotushkone(Bengali).
  • The Award for the Best Actor was given to Shri Vijay for the film Nanu Avanalla Avalu (Kannada).
  • The Award for the Best Actress was given to Ms. Kangana Ranaut for the film, Queen (Hindi).

 

 

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Raja Harishchandra: The one of a Kind Films to be Remembered

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A scene from Film Raja Harishchandra, Wikimedia

May 14, 2017: May 3, 1917, was a marking event not only in the acting sector at the inception of Bollywood but also the entire country as a whole. The first full-length Indian feature film ‘Raja Harishchandra’ was released today. It was produced by Dhundiraj Govind Phalke, who we now affectionately call Dada Saheb Palkhe.

It was a silent film, implying it had no audio and the actors expressed through their gestures. With a running time of 40 minutes, it was just made with a diminutive budget of 20,000 rupees.

The story as the name suggests was an adaptation of the Hindu mythological story of Raja Harishchandra. It is said that he sacrificed his kingdom, wife and child only to keep his promise to a saint and preserve his self-righteous attitude.

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Later, the saint called Rishi Vishwamitra who had actually done all this to check the honesty of Harishchandra and gave him his kingdom, wife and son back. He was also blessed with divinity.

The film made us watch Dattatraya Damodar Dabke in the role of Harischandra and Anna Saluke, a male actor playing the role of his wife, Taramati. It was tough for the Phalke to convince any decent female actress because acting as a profession at that time was not considered a dignified job.

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The movie was screened in a single theatre, Coronation Cinematograph. He promoted the movie with a catchy phrase – “Raja Harishchandra: A performance with 57,000 photographs. A picture two miles long. All for only three annas. This film encouraged the creation of more and longer films and help increase female participation.

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Raja Harishchandra is still remembered with great love and respect among the Indian film fraternity. There have been multiple attempts at restoring the original reels, but only the first and last remain. The story of the making of the film was told in another feature – Harishchandrachi Factory, in 2009.

By Staff writer at Newsgram

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World Boxing Champion Mary Kom urges PM Narendra Modi to intervene and resolve Manipur Crisis

The blockade has disrupted the normal life in Manipur with scarcity of essential goods being a major concern

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The Indian Boxer, Mary Kom calls on the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, in New Delhi on January 28, 2015. Wikimedia

New Delhi, Dec 22, 2016: Recently Manipur is undergoing an economic blockade which prompted the five-time world champion boxer and Rajya Sabha MP M C Mary Kom to urge Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene and resolve the crisis.

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The blockade is in response to the state government’s decision to form seven new districts. It is imposed by United Naga Council. The UNC claims the districts in the Naga-dominated hill areas will affect land holdings of Naga tribes settled in these areas, mentioned PTI.

Apart from the violence that has become the order of the day after the blockade, this has also disrupted the normal life in Manipur with the scarcity of essential goods being a major concern. The blockade has surpassed 50 days.

In a letter to PM Modi, Mary Kom, an Olympic bronze-medallist, urged him to try and resolve the issue at the earliest. “It is to bring to your notice that the state of Manipur is going through the toughest of time with unrest situation.”

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Her letter to PM Narendra Modi bore deep concern regarding the seriousness of the matter. She wrote,  “The whole section of communities, both in hills and valley, residing in Manipur are suffering due to the economic blockade and counter-blockade and have now turned into ugly consequences of greater destruction and if not intervened in time, there are possibilities of untoward happenings and the people are so insecure.”

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She also said “irrespective of the causes and reasons, I strongly recommend and request you to consider this prevailing situation in Manipur a serious matter and kindly intervene at the earliest for peaceful solution and the state be brought back to normalcy. This act will remain a great achievement and the people will remain in owe towards your kind intervention.”

prepared by Saptaparni Goon of NewsGram. Twitter: @saptaparni_goon