61st National Film Awards

61st National Film Awards
Awarded for Best of Indian cinema in 2013
Awarded by Directorate of Film Festivals
Presented by Directorate of Film Festivals
Announced on 16 April 2014 (2014-04-16)
Presented on 3 May 2014 (2014-05-03)
Official website dff.nic.in
Best Feature Film Ship of Theseus
Best Non-Feature Film Rangbhoomi
Best Book Cinema Ga Cinema
Best Film Critic Alaka Sahani
Dadasaheb Phalke Award Gulzar
Most awards Jaatishwar (4)

The 61st National Film Awards ceremony was an event during which the Directorate of Film Festivals of India presented its annual National Film Awards to honour the best films of 2013 in the Indian cinema. The ceremony was held on 3 May 2014.[1][2]

Selection process

The Directorate of Film Festivals invited nominations for the awards on 24 January 2014. The acceptable last date for entries was until 14 February 2014.[3] Feature and Non-Feature Films certified by Central Board of Film Certification between 1 January 2013, and 31 December 2013, were eligible for the film award categories. Books, critical studies, reviews or articles on cinema published in Indian newspapers, magazines, and journals between 1 January 2013, and 31 December 2013, were eligible for the best writing on cinema section.[4] Entries of dubbed, revised or copied versions of a film or translation, abridgements, edited or annotated works and reprints were ineligible for the awards.[5]

For the Feature and Non-Feature Films sections, films in any Indian language, shot on 16 mm, 35 mm, a wider film gauge or a digital format, and released in cinemas, on video or digital formats for home viewing were eligible. Films were required to be certified as a feature film, a featurette or a Documentary/Newsreel/Non-Fiction by the Central Board of Film Certification.[5]

Dadasaheb Phalke Award

Gulzar, Dadasaheb Phalke Award winner

Introduced in 1969, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award is the highest award given to recognise the contributions of film personalities towards the development of Indian cinema and for distinguished contributions to the medium, its growth and promotion.[6] A committee consisting of seven personalities from the Indian film industry was appointed to evaluate the Dadasaheb Phalke award nominations for 2013.

For the year 2013, the award was announced on 12 April 2014 to be presented to Gulzar, a veteran poet, lyric writer and film director. He has won five National Film Awards, 20 Filmfare Awards, one Academy Award, one Grammy Award and is also Padma Bhushan recipient of 2004.[7]

Name of Award Awardee(s) Awarded As Awards
Dadasaheb Phalke Award Gulzar Poet, Lyricist and Film director Swarna Kamal, 1 million (US$15,000) and a Shawl

Feature Films

A Bengali film, Jaatishwar won the maximum number of awards (4) followed by Telugu film Na Bangaaru Talli, Tamil film Thanga Meenkal and Marathi film Yellow (3 awards each)


For the Feature Film section, six committees were formed based on the different geographic regions in India. The two-tier evaluation process included a central committee and five regional committees. The central committee, headed by Saeed Akhtar Mirza, included the heads of each regional committee and five other jury members. At regional level, each committee consisted of one chief and four members. The chief and one non-chief member of each regional committee were selected from outside that geographic region. The table below names the jury members for the central and regional committees:[8]

Central Jury

  Saeed Akhtar Mirza (Chairperson)
  M. S. Sathyu   Manju Borah
  Chitraarth Puran Singh   Nirad Mohapatra
  Thangar Bachan   Arunoday Sharma
  Khalid Mohamed   Utpalendu Chakrabarty
  Pandit Bhajan Sopori   C. V. Reddy

Northern Region: (Bhojpuri, Dogri , English, Hindi, Punjabi, Rajasthani, Urdu)

  Manju Borah (Chair)
  Virendra Saini   G. S. Bhaskar
  Bhanu Bharti   Sona Jain

Eastern Region: (Assamese, Bengali, Oriya and North-Eastern dialects)

  M. S. Sathyu (Chair)
  Meena Debbarma   Ranjit Das
  Sreelekha Mukherji   Bina Paul

Western Region: (Gujarati, Konkani, Marathi)

  Chitraarth Puran Singh (Chair)
  Rajat Dholakia   Meenakshi Shedde
  Rajen Borah   Tejaswini Pandit

Southern Region I: (Malayalam, Tamil)

  Nirad Mohapatra (Chair)
  Unni Vijayan   Kesari Harvoo
  Priya Krishnaswamy   Arun Bose

Southern Region II: (Kannada, Telugu)

  Thangar Bachan (Chair)
  M. Manu Chakravarthy   B. S. Lingadevaru
  Joseph Pulinthanath   Chandra Siddhartha

All India Awards

Golden Lotus Award

All the winners are awarded with a Swarna Kamal (Golden Lotus Award), a certificate and a cash prize.[5]

Name of Award Name of Film(s) Language Awardee(s) Cash Prize
Best Feature Film Ship of Theseus English,
Producer: Recyclewala Films Pvt Ltd
Director: Anand Gandhi
2.50 lakh (US$3,700)
Best Debut Film of A Director Fandry Marathi Producer: Navalkha Arts and Holy Basil Combine
Director: Nagraj Manjule
1.25 lakh (US$1,900)
Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment Bhaag Milkha Bhaag Hindi Producer: Viacom 18 Motion Pictures and ROMP Pictures
Director: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
2.00 lakh (US$3,000)
Best Children's Film Kaphal Hindi Producer: Children's Film Society of India
Director: Batul Mukhtiar
1.50 lakh (US$2,200)
Best Direction Shahid Hindi Hansal Mehta 2.50 lakh (US$3,700)

Silver Lotus Award

All the winners were awarded with a Rajat Kamal (Silver Lotus Award), a certificate and a cash prize.[5]

Name of Award Name of Film(s) Language(s) Awardee(s) Cash Prize
Best Feature Film on National Integration Thalaimuraigal Tamil Producer: Company Productions
Director:Balu Mahendra
150,000 (US$2,200)
Best Film on Other Social Issues Tuhya Dharma Koncha Marathi Producer: Indian Magic Eye Motion Pictures Pvt Ltd.
Director : Satish Manwar
150,000 (US$2,200)
Best Film on Environment Conservation/Preservation Perariyathavar Malayalam Producer: Ambalakkara Global Films
Director: Dr. Biju
150,000 (US$2,200)
Best Actor   Shahid
  Rajkumar Rao
  Suraj Venjaramoodu
50,000 (US$740)
Best Actress Liar's Dice Hindi Geetanjali Thapa 50,000 (US$740)
Best Supporting Actor Jolly LLB Hindi Saurabh Shukla 50,000 (US$740)
Best Supporting Actress   Astu
  Ship of Theseus
  Amruta Subhash
  Aida El-Kashef
50,000 (US$740)
Best Child Artist   Fandry
  Thanga Meenkal
  Somnath Avghade
  Baby Sadhana
50,000 (US$740)
Best Male Playback Singer Jaatishwar
("E Tumi Kemon Tumi")
Bengali Rupankar Bagchi 50,000 (US$740)
Best Female Playback Singer Tuhya Dharma Koncha
Marathi Bela Shende 50,000 (US$740)
Best Cinematography Liar's Dice Hindi Rajeev Ravi 50,000 (US$740)
Best Screenplay
  Screenplay Writer (Original)
December-1 Kannada P. Sheshadri 50,000 (US$740)
Best Screenplay
  Screenplay Writer (Adapted)
Prakruti Kannada Panchakshari 50,000 (US$740)
Best Screenplay
Astu Marathi Sumitra Bhave 50,000 (US$740)
Best Audiography
  Location Sound Recordist
Madras Cafe Hindi Nihar Ranjan Samal 50,000 (US$740)
Best Audiography
  Sound Designer
Madras Cafe Hindi Bishwadeep Chatterjee 50,000 (US$740)
Best Audiography
  Re-recordist of the Final Mixed Track
Swapaanam Malayalam D. Yuvaraj 50,000 (US$740)
Best Editing Vallinam Tamil Sabu Joseph VJ 50,000 (US$740)
Best Art Direction Miss Lovely Hindi   Ashim Ahluwalia
  Tabasheer Zutshi
  Parichit Paralkar
50,000 (US$740)
Best Costume Design Jaatishwar Bengali Sabarni Das 50,000 (US$740)
Best Make-up Artist Jaatishwar
("for the make-up of the actor Prosenjit.")
Bengali Vikram Gaikwad 50,000 (US$740)
Best Music Direction
Jaatishwar Bengali Kabir Suman 50,000 (US$740)
Best Music Direction
  Background Score
Na Bangaaru Talli Telugu Shantanu Moitra 50,000 (US$740)
Best Lyrics Thanga Meenkal
("Ananda Yaazhai")
Tamil Na. Muthukumar 50,000 (US$740)
Best Special Effects Jal Hindi Intermezzo Studio Alien Sense Films Pvt Ltd 50,000 (US$740)
Best Choreography Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
("Masto Ka Jhoond")
Hindi Ganesh Acharya 50,000 (US$740)
Special Jury Award Yellow Marathi Producer: Viva In En
Director: Mahesh Limaye
200,000 (US$3,000)
Miss Lovely Hindi Producer: Future East Film Pvt Ltd
Director : Ashim Ahluwalia
Special Mention Yellow Marathi Gauri Gadgil (Child actor) Certificate only
Yellow Marathi Sanjana Rai (Child actor)
Na Bangaaru Talli Telugu Anjali Patil (Actress)

Regional Award

National Film Awards are also given to the best films in the regional languages of India. Awards for the regional languages are categorised as per their mention in the Eighth schedule of the Constitution of India. Awardees included producers and directors of the film. No films in languages other than those specified in the Schedule VIII of the Constitution were eligible.[5]

Name of Award Name of Film Awardee(s) Cash Prize
Producer(s) Director
Best Feature Film in Assamese Ajeyo Shiven Arts Jahnu Barua 100,000 (US$1,500) each
Best Feature Film in Bengali Bakita Byaktigato Tripod Entertainment Pvt Ltd Pradipta Bhattacharyya 100,000 (US$1,500) each
Best Feature Film in Hindi Jolly LLB Fox Star Studios Subhash Kapoor 100,000 (US$1,500) each
Best Feature Film in Kannada December-1 Basant Productions P. Sheshadri 100,000 (US$1,500) each
Best Feature Film in Konkani Baga Beach Sharvani Productions Laxmikant Shetgaonkar 100,000 (US$1,500) each
Best Feature Film in Malayalam North 24 Kaatham Surya Cine Arts Anil Radhakrishnan Menon 100,000 (US$1,500) each
Best Feature Film in Marathi Aajcha Divas Majha White Swan Productions Chandrakant Kulkarni 100,000 (US$1,500) each
Best Feature Film in Tamil Thanga Meenkal JSK Film Corporation Ram 100,000 (US$1,500) each
Best Feature Film in Telugu Na Bangaaru Talli Sun Touch Productions Rajesh Touchriver 100,000 (US$1,500) each

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
Producer Director
Best Feature Film in English The Coffin Maker Shree Narayan Studio Veena Bakshi 100,000 (US$1,500) each
Best Feature Film in Khasi Ri Kurbah Films Pradip Kurbah 100,000 (US$1,500) each
Best Feature Film in Sherdukpen Crossing Bridges TNT Films Production Sange Dorjee Thongdok 100,000 (US$1,500) each

Non-Feature Films


A committee of seven, headed by chair, Ashoke Viswanathan was appointed to evaluate the Non-Feature Films entries. The jury members were:

  Ashoke Viswanathan (Chairperson)
  Bishnu Dev Halder   S. Manjunathan
  Umesh Aggarwal   Reena Mohan
  Sandeep Marwah   Ramesh Asher

Golden Lotus Award

All the winners were awarded with Swarna Kamal (Golden Lotus Award), a certificate and cash prize.[5]

Name of Award Name of Film(s) Language(s) Awardee(s) Cash Prize
Best Non-Feature Film Rangbhoomi Hindi Producer: Films Division
Director: Kamal Swaroop
150,000 (US$2,200)
Best Non-Feature Film Direction Chidiya Udh   Pranjal Dua 150,000 (US$2,200)

Silver Lotus Award

All the winners were awarded with Rajat Kamal (Silver Lotus Award) and cash prize.[5]

Name of Award Name of Film(s) Language(s) Awardee(s) Cash Prize
Best First Non-Feature Film Kanyaka Malayalam Producer: Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute
Director: Christo Tomy
75,000 (US$1,100) each
Best Biographical Film / Best Historical Reconstruction Film The Last Adieu English Producer: Films Division
Director: Shabnam Sukhdev
50,000 (US$740) each
Best Educational Film The Quantum Indians English Producer: Public Service Broadcasting Trust
Director: Raja Choudhury
50,000 (US$740) each
Best Environment Film Including Agriculture Foresting Life Hindi-Assamese Producer: A Media For Social Impact
Director: Aarti Shrivastava
50,000 (US$740) each
Best Arts / Cultural Film The Lost Behrupiya Hindi Producer: Holybull Entertainment LLP
Director: Sriram Dalton
50,000 (US$740) each
O Friend, This Waiting ! English-Telugu Producer: Justin McCarthy
Director: Sandhya Kumar and Justin McCarthy
Best Promotional Film Chasing The Rainbow English Producer: Edumedia India
Director: Charu Shree Roy
50,000 (US$740) each
Kush Hindi Producer: Red Carpet Moving Pictures Pvt. Ltd.
Director: Shubhashish Bhutiani
Best Science and Technology Film The Pad Piper English Producer: Akanksha Sood Singh
Director: Akanksha Sood Singh
50,000 (US$740)
Best Film on Social Issues Gulabi Gang Hindi-Bundelkhandi Producer: Raintree Films, Piraya Film As and Final Cut for Real Aps
Director: Nishtha Jain
50,000 (US$740) each
Best Investigative Film Katiyabaaz Hindi-Urdu-English Producer: Globalistan Films Pvt. Ltd.
Director: Deepti Kakkar and Fahad Mustafa
50,000 (US$740) each
Best Short Fiction Film Mandrake ! Mandrake ! Hindi Producer: FTII
Director: Ruchir Arun
50,000 (US$740) each
Best Film on Family Welfare Heyro Party Bengali Producer: Baishakhi Banerjee and Deepak Gawade
Director: Deepak Gawade
50,000 (US$740) each
Best Cinematography Mandrake ! Mandrake ! Hindi Cameraman: Kavin Jagtiani
Lab: Reliance MediaWorks
50,000 (US$740)
Best Audiography Chidiya Udh   Gautam Nair 50,000 (US$740)
Best Editing Gulabi Gang Hindi-Bundelkhandi Arjun Gourisaria 50,000 (US$740)
Best Music Direction Yugadrashta Assamese Anurag Saikia 50,000 (US$740)
Best Narration / Voice Over Kankee O Saapo Oriya Lipika Singh Darai 50,000 (US$740)
Special Jury Award Ananthamurthy – Not A Biography...But A Hypothesis English Girish Kasaravalli (Director) 100,000 (US$1,500)
Tamaash Kashmiri Satyanshu Singh and Devanshu Singh (Director)
Special Mention Accsex English-Hindi Shweta Ghosh (Director) Certificate only
Candles In The Wind Punjabi-Hindi (Director) Kavita Bahl and Nandan Saxena
Dharmam Tamil Madonne M. Ashwin (Director)
At the Cross Roads : Nondon Bagchi Life and Living English-Bengali Rajdeep Paul and Sarmistha Maiti (Director)

Best Writing on Cinema


A committee of three, headed by Sharad Dutt was appointed to evaluate the nominations for the best writing on Indian cinema. The jury members were as follows:

  Sharad Dutt (Chairperson)
  Ganesh Anantharamna   Balaji Vittal

The Best Writing on Cinema awards are intended to encourage the study and appreciation of cinema as an art form and the dissemination of information and critical appreciation of the medium through books, articles, reviews etc.

Golden Lotus Award

All the winners were awarded with Swarna Kamal (Golden Lotus Award), cash prize and a certificate.[5]

Name of Award Name of Book Language Author(s) Publisher(s) Cash Prize
Best Book on Cinema Cinema Ga Cinema Telugu Nandagopal Praga India, Hyderabad 75,000 (US$1,100)
Name of Award Language(s) Awardee Cash Prize
Best Film Critic English Alaka Sahani 75,000 (US$1,100)

Awards not presented

Non-feature films


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  2. "61st National Film Awards For 2013" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. 16 April 2014. Retrieved 2014-04-16.
  3. "Entries invited for 61st National Film Awards for the year 2013". New Delhi: Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 15 March 2014.
  4. "Call for entries; 61st National Film Awards for 2013". Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 15 March 2014.
  5. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 "61st National Film Awards: Regulations" (PDF) (Press release). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 15 March 2014.
  6. "17th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. p. 38. Retrieved 12 April 2013.
  7. "Veteran Film Lyricist and Director Gulzar to be conferred Dadasaheb Phalke Award for the year 2013" (Press release). Press Information Bureau, Government of India. 12 April 2014. Retrieved 12 April 2014.
  8. http://www.dff.nic.in/Jury%20Profiles.pdf

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