Lipika Singh Darai

Bhubaneswar: The 60th National Film Awards for the best debut film of a director has been conferred to Lipika Singh Darai for Odia film ‘Eka Gachha Eka Manisa Eka Samudra’. In the non-feature film category, Vikrant Pawar has got the best director award for the film Kaatal (Marathi).  

The prestigious awards for the year 2012 were announced in New Delhi on Monday at a joint press conference addressed by the chairpersons of the three juries, Basu Chatterjee for feature films, Aruna Raje for non-feature films and Swapan Mullick for best writing on cinema.

According to an official release, the award for the best feature film has been conferred to ‘Paan Singh Tomar’ (Hindi) and in non-feature film category, Raja Shabir Khan’s Shepherds of Paradise (Gojri & Urdu) won the award for best film.

In the category of best writing on cinema section, the book  Silent Cinema in India – A Pictorial Journey (English) written by B.D. Garga and published by Harper Collins Publisher India has bagged  the top honour,  whereas Shri P.S. Radhakrishnan has been conferred the award for the best film critic.

In the feature film category, a total of 38 films from 14 languages have been selected for the awards.  Chittagong (Hindi) and 101 Chodiyangal (Malayalam) have shared the Indira Gandhi award for the best debut film of a director.  

The award for the best popular film for providing wholesome entertainment has been shared by Vicky Donor (Hindi) and Ustad Hotel (Malayalam).  The award for the best director has been conferred on Shivaji Lotan Patil for the film Dhag (Marathi).  The award for the best actor has been shared by Irrfaan playing the title role in Paan Singh Tomar and  Shri Vikram Gokhale for the film Anumati (Marathi).   
The award for the best actress has been conferred on Usha Jadhav for her performance in Dhag (Marathi).  The award for the best supporting actor has been conferred on Shri Anu Kapur for the film Vicky Donor.  The award for the best supporting actress has been shared by Ms Dolly Ahluwalia for the film Vicky Donor and Ms Kalpana for the film ThanichallaNjan (Malyalam).  

The best child artist award has been shared by Master Virendra Pratap for Dekh Indian Circus (Hindi) and Master Minon  for 101 Chodiyangal (Malayalam).

The award for the best male playback singer has been conferred on Shankar Mahadevan for the song Bolo Na from the film Chittagong. The award for the best female playback singer has been conferred on Ms Samhita for the song Palakein Naa Moon Don from the film Aarti Anklekartikekar (Marathi).