Vol XLIV July 2000 No. 7

  • NFDC Board reconstituted
  • 47th National Film Awards announced. "Vanaprastham" gets best feature film award
  • "Split Wide Open" bags Grand Prix award at Belgium
  • Tamil Nadu State film awards announced. "Natpukkaga" bags best film award
  • Goa state film awards announced. "Tyaag" wins best film award





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NFDC Board Reconstituted

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has reconstituted the Board of Directors of the National Film Development Corporation. The new members of the board are : - Suketu Shah; Kiran Shantaram; Amir Raza Hussain; Vijaya Mehta; Devi Varaprasad and Sudhir Nandgaonkar. Eminent artiste Hema Malini is the new chairperson of the corporation.

The Statesman

(16 July 2000)


47th National Film Awards announced

The Malayalam feature film, "Vanaprastham" has bagged the best feature film award at the 47th National film Awards announced on July 6, 2000. The film has won a Swarna kamal and Rs. 50,000/- in cash for it’s producer V. Mohanlal and a Swarna Kamal and Rs. 50,000/- for it’s director Shaji N. Karun.

The best non feature film award has gone this year to "Dui Patan Ke Beech Mein" produced and directed by Arvind Sinha. The film has bagged a Swarna Kamal and Rs. 20,000/- for it’s producer and a Swarna Kamal and Rs. 20,000/- for it’s director, Arvind Sinha.

The award for the best book on cinema has been shared by Madhu Eravan Kara’s "Malayala Cinemayum Sahithyavam" and Arun Anant Damle’s, "Marathi Chitrapat Sangeetachi Vatchal". The authors share a Swarna Kamal and Rs. 15,000 in cash. The publishers of the books D.C. Books and Anil Damle also share a Swarna Kamal and Rs. 15,000 in cash.

PIB Press Release

* For details see HCMC/1/2000on National Film Awards

"Split wide Open" wins Grand Prix at Belgium

"Split Wide Open", an English feature film has bagged the Grand Prix at the ‘Focus op het zuiden’ Turn point International Film Festival in Belgium. The film has been produced by Anuradha Parikh and has been directed by Dev Benegal. It had recently won the special jury prize at the Singapore International Film Festival.

The Screen

(21 July 2000;1)

"Pokhi" for Vancouver

"Pokhi", an Assamese film directed by Jahnu Barua has been selected for screening at the 19th Vancouver International Film Festival. The Festival is scheduled to be held from September 22-October 5, 2000. The film had recently won the best Assamese film award at the 47th National Film Festival.

The Tribune

(17 July 2000)

The Statesman

(17 July 2000)

"Hey Ram" for Locarno and Toronto

"Hey Ram" a Tamil film scripted and directed by Kamal Hasan has been selected as the official Indian entry at the Locarno and Toronto International Film Festivals. While the Locarno Film Festival will be held from August 2-12, 2000, the Toronto Film Festival is scheduled from September 7 to 16. It is the silver jubilee year of the Toronto festival. Kamal Hasan has been invited to attend both the festivals.

The Hindu

(7 July 2000

27 July 2000)

"Shores of Silence" for Green Oscars


"Shores of Silence : Whale Sharks in India" made by renowned wildlife film maker Mike Pandey has been selected as one of the competition entries at the Wild Screen 2000 festival. The festival is better known for it’s awards the Green Oscars. It would be held in Bristol, later this year.

The Deccan Herald

(13 July 2000)


Tamil Nadu state film awards announced; "Natpukkaga" bags best film award

The Tamil Nadu Government has announced it’s state film awards for 1999. The best film award has gone to "Natpukkaga". The film gets a cash prize of Rs. 1.25 lakh and a memento. "Marumalarchi" has won the second best feature film award getting Rs. 75,000/- in cash and a memento. The third best feature film award has been bagged by "Unnidathil Ennai Koduththen". The film gets Rs. 50,000/- in cash and a memento. "Houseful" has won a special prize and "Kizhakkum Merkkum" has been commended for it’s best portrayal of women. The rest of the awards are as follows :-

1. Best Actor - Sarathkumar for "Natpukkaga" and "Simmaraasi"

2. Best Actress - Roja for "Unnidathil Ennai Koduththen"

3. Special Prize - Karthik for "Pooveli and Umidathil Ennai Koduththen


Revathi for "Thalaimurai"

4. Best Villain - Ranjeeth for "Marumalarchi"

5. Best Comedian - Senthil for "Jeans"

6. Best Child Artiste - Master Mahendran for "Kumbakonam Gopalu"

7. Best Director - R. Parthiban for "Houseful"

8. Best Story Writer - Vikaraman for "Unnidathil Ennai Koduththen"

9. Best Dialogue Writer - Bharathi for "Marumalarchi"

10. Best Music Director - Babi for "Sollamalale"

11. Best Lyricist - Arivumathi for "Kizhakkum Merkkum"

12. Best Playback Singer - Malaysia Vasudeven for "En Asai Rasave"


13. Best Playback Singer - Nitya Sri for "Jeans"


14. Best Cinematographer - M.S. Annadurai for "Unnidathil Ennai Koduththen"

15. Best Sound Recordist - A.R. Swaminathan for "Kadal Mannan

  1. Best Editor - M.N. Raja for "Houseful"
  2. Best Art Director Mohan Rajendran for "Simmaraasi"
  3. Best Choreographer Raju Sundaram for "Jeans"
  4. Best Make-UpRaju for "Veeram Vilaindha Mannu"
  5. Best Costume DesignerKasi for "Jeans"
  6. Best Stunt Master Jaguar Thangam for "Priyamudan"

The awards were decided by a committee headed by Justice P. Bhaskar.

The Hindu

(17 July 2000)

The Screen

(21 July 2000;1)

Goa State film awards presented

"Tyaag" has bagged the best film award of the Goa government. The film has been produced by Panaji Doordarshan. The second film award has been shared by "Dista Tase Nasta" and "To Dis Ujelo". The films have been produced by Mahadev Khanolkar and Bonafice Dias. Mahadev Khanolkar has won the best actor award while the best actress award has been bestowed upon Omita Nayak Salatry.

The awards were presented by the Chief Minister of Goa Shri Francisco Sardinah.

The Screen

(14 July 2000;1)


Bimal Roy Retrospective held

Celebrated film maker Bimal Roy was commemorated by organising a retrospective of his films on his birth anniversary on July 12. The retrospective held at Nandan Kolkata opened with the film "Madhumati". The other films screened during the week included "Do Bigha Zameen"; "Udayer Pathey"; "Devdas" and "Parakh". In addition to the film week an exhibition of still photographs taken by Bimal Roy himself during his days as a director, was also organised.

The Screen

(21 July 2000;14)

Children’s Film Festival at Chennai

A festival of Children’s films was held at Chennai from July 10-16, 2000. The six-day festival had a package of national and international award winning children’s films. The films screened included "Malli"; "Halo"; "Dubhashi"; "Adisaya"; "Coat"; "Achhamillai" and "Running wild". The films were shown at a concessional rate of Rs. 5 per child and the admission was regulated by the Education Department.

The Hindu

(10 July 2000)


Neelam Passes away

Noted actress Neelam Belgaonkar passed away in Mumbai on July 10, 2000. She was 62.

Neelam had begun her career in the mid fifties. Some of her early films were "Bhaubeej" (1995); "Aai Mala Kshama Kar"; "Deva Gharcha Lena" and "Navara Mhanu Naye Aapla".

A versatile actress, Neelam had acted in more than 50 Marathi films. Some of her popular films ere ;- "Raja Gasasvichi Goshta"; "Sangte Aika"; "Shikleli Baiko"; "Avaghachi Sansaar"; "Kanyadaan"; "Manini"; "Rangapanchami"; "Bhintila Kaan Astat"; "Sunbai"; "Tu Sukhi Raha"; "Waat Chukalele Navare"; "Vithu Majha Lekurwala" "Janaki"; "Varhaadi Aani Vaajantri"; "Ghar Gangecha Kaathi"; "Devaki Nandan Gopala"; "Aaplech Daat Aaplech Oath"; "Bhaloo"; "Bhamata" and "Porinchi Dhamaal Baapaachi Kamaal".

Neelam had also acted is several Hindi films including "Private Secretary"; "Bahu Beti"; "Suhaag Raat"; "Lamboo in Hong Kong" and "Mohabbat Zindagi Hai".

She had also acted in some Marathi plays prominent among them being "Lagnaachi Bedi". Her TV serials included "Miyan Bibi Ke Kisse" and "Aadhi Jaate Akkal."

The Screen

(21 July 2000; 12)


Andhra Pradesh

Nageswara Rao appointed adviser to the government

Legendary artiste and winner of Dada Saheb Phalke award, Akkineni Nageswara Rao has been appointed Advisor to the Andhra Pradesh government for films, television and drama. The post is of cabinet rank and Nageswara Rao would be entitled to all facilities enjoyed by the Cabinet Ministers.

The Screen

(21 July 2000; 1)


State panel recommends sweeping changes

In a meeting held between the state government officials and the film trade several far reaching proposals were made and discussed. The important recommendations of the meeting were:-

    1. If the 50 percent film was picturised in the state, the film will be granted cent-percent exemption in entertainment tax, so that more and more films are shot in the state. Similarly 25 percent fees will be charged at the existing rates on the shooting of films at the historical monuments and this amount will be utilized for the conservation and maintenance of monuments.
    2. If a cinema hall is constructed at a place having a population of less than 50,000, over 50 percent exemption of taxes will be provided and the stamp duty will be reduced from ten percent to five percent. It was also decided to constitute a committee headed by secretary, Urban development and Housing to simplify rules and procedures for allotment of land and construction of cinema houses in the state.
    3. Another committee for framing rules for licencing of cinemas was constituted. The Director of Information and Public Relations will be its convenor.
    4. It was also decided to take stern action against video parlours and cable TV networks indulging in illegal screening and telecast of films.


    6. Proposals will be invited from those film producers who wanted to construct studios and multiplex cinemas.
    7. Discussions were also held to implement single window scheme in order to encourage the growth of the film industry in the state.

The meeting was presided over by the Secretary, Information and Public Relations Shri C.K. Mathews.

The Screen

(7 July 2000; 12)

Government to decide ticket rates

The rate of cinema tickets which were enhanced by the cinema owners at the rate of 15 percent per year will now be decided by the government. Any proposal from cinema proprietors for increase in ticket rates will be looked into and it will be decided on merits as to how much increase in ticket rates is justified.

The Screen

(7July 2000; 12)