President Pranab Mukherjee Saturday honoured cinematic talent from around the country at the 61st National Film Awards ceremony here. Veteran lyricist Gulzar was present to receive the coveted Dada Saheb Phalke Award for the year 2013.
Veteran lyricist Gulzar received the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, the highest honour in cinema given annually by the Government of India for lifetime contribution to Indian cinema, here Saturday. The 77-year-old was overwhelmed and thanked a string of "gurus" and musical geniuses of the past and current generation for contributing to his success story.
The 61st National Awards is going to be announced on Wednesday, 16th April 2014, by the Directorate of Film Festivals. This prestigious honour is awarded to celebrate the best of indian cinema, and many regional and mainstream movies are nominated.
Cinema must be beyond a "few reels of entertainment" as it is a good medium to channelise the positive changes in the country`s socio-cultural milieu, says filmmaker Nitin Kakkar, whose debut feature ‘Filmistaan’ was named the best film at the 60th National Film Awards.
Veteran actor Victor Banerjee and acclaimed filmmaker Jahnu Barua have expressed anger over the rejection of Assamese film ‘Ekhon Nedekha Nadir Xipaare’ by the National Awards jury which thought the film had more of Hindi elements than Assamese.
The government has refused to disclose details of evaluation sheets of jury members who decide on National Film Awards, saying these papers are "confidential" and cannot be made public as per established rules.