Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of a Director

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Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of a Director
National award for contributions to Indian Cinema
Awarded for Best debutant directorial work of a year
Sponsored by Directorate of Film Festivals
Formerly called
  •  • Award for Best First Film of a Director (1980–1983)
  •  • Indira Gandhi Award for Best First Film of a Director (1984–2009)
Reward(s)
  • Swarna Kamal (Golden Lotus)
  • 125,000 (US$1,700)
First awarded 1980
Last awarded 2017
Most recent winner Sinjar
Highlights
Total awarded 42
First winner Maina Tadanta

The Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of a Director is one of the National Film Awards presented annually by the Directorate of Film Festivals, the organization set up by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, India. It is one of several awards presented for feature films and awarded with Golden Lotus (Swarna Kamal).

The award was instituted in 1980, at 28th National Film Awards[1] and awarded annually for films produced in the year across the country, in all Indian languages.

Award includes 'Golden Lotus Award' (Swarna Kamal) and cash prize. Award, sometimes, also be given as Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of A Director. Following are the award winners over the years:

Winners[edit]

Indicates a joint award for that year
List of award films, showing the year (award ceremony), language(s), producer(s), director(s) and citation
Year Film(s) Language(s) Producer(s) Director(s) Citation Refs.
1980
(28th)
Maina Tadanta Bengali  – Utpalendu Chakrabarty
For depicting with realistic vigor the exploitation perpetrated on the tribal and the landless, for portraying the spirited fight of the downtrodden and for showing great maturity in the conception and presentation of the theme in this maiden venture.
[1]
1981
(29th)
Aadharshila Hindi Ashok Ahuja Ashok Ahuja
For making a bold statement on the aspirations and frustrations of the young generation of film-makers he himself represents and for a very sensitive treatment of the relationship between an idealist director and an inscrutable story-write.
[2]
1982
(30th)
Kann Sivanthaal Mann Sivakkum Tamil R. Venkat Raman Sreedhar Rajan
For its original interpretation of a deep-rooted social evil, combining folk art with modern cinematic idiom.
[3]
1983
(31st)
Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro Hindi NFDC Kundan Shah
For its treatment of contemporary theme with wit and humour.
[4]
1984
(32nd)
Meendum Oru Kaathal Kathai Tamil Radhika Pothan Prathap K. Pothan  – [5]
1985
(33rd)
New Delhi Times Hindi P. K. Tiwari Romesh Sharma
For a bold exposure of a murky world of politics where murder and mayhem are engineered for personal gains and truth becomes a casualty.
[6]
1986
(34th)
Yeh Woh Manzil To Nahin Hindi Sudhir Mishra Sudhir Mishra
For an incisive analysis of history as seen through the eyes of three elderly freedom fighters and its impact on their stand against social injustice in contemporary times.
[7]
1987
(35th)
Ekti Jiban Bengali Chalchitra Raja Mitra
For a very courageous first attempt of a director in tackling the subject of an individual unwavering in his conviction in the cultural value of his language and single handly making available its enriching value to the generation of his people who will come after him.
[8]
1988
(36th)
Trishagni Hindi Nabendu Ghosh Nabendu Ghosh
For excellent exploration of complex philosophical theme for the first time in Indian cinema.
[9]
1989
(37th)
Wosobipo Karbi Karbi Anglong District Council Gautam Bora
For its fresh and original evocation of the collective unconscious of a hill tribe whose way of life has been disintergrating over the last four decades, as seen through the eyes of a boy growing up into the responsibilities of manhood.
[10]
1990
(38th)
Perumthachan Malayalam G. Jayakumar Ajayan
For depicting a historical backdrop with authenticity, shattering all traditional beliefs with superlative artistic texture.
[11]
1991
(39th)
Haladhar Assamese  • Geeti Barua
 • Dwijen Hazorika
Sanjeev Hazorika
For its freshness of approach, the subtlety of its pervasive humour and the courage shown in choosing to build a film around a plough.
[12]
1992
(40th)
Miss Beatty's Children English  • NFDC
 • Doordarshan
 • Rooks AV
Pamela Rooks
For an elegantly simple and sensitive depiction of a British missionary woman who fights the devdasi system in pre-independent India.
[13]
1993
(41st)
Sunya Theke Suru Bengali  • H. Das
 • Madhumanti Maitra
 • M. Das
Ashoke Viswanathan
For its creative handling of sensitive subject, exhibiting the socio-political situation of out society, spanning three decades.
[14]
1994
(42nd)
Mogamul Tamil J. Dharmambal Gnana Rajasekaran
For an able translation of a literary work of art, for integrating music with melodramatic narrative and for a cinematic simplicity matched with remarkable directorial control.
[15]
1995
(43rd)
Kahini Bengali  • Chandramala Bhattacharya
 • Malaya Bhattacharya
Malaya Bhattacharya
For its bold and innovative style and choice of a subject in which the form and content merges into one.
[16]
1996
(44th)
Rag Birag Assamese  • Bhabhen Baruah
 • Khanin Baruah
Bidyut Chakraborty
For director's sensitivity in portraying complex human psyche of individual character's in the film.
[17]
1997
(45th)
Bhoothakkannadi Malayalam Nair Krishnakamur Unni A. K. Lohithadas
For the director's competent handling of the delicate balance of the human psyche.
[18]
1998
(46th)
Daya Malayalam C. K. Gopinath Venu
For its depiction of a delightful fairy-tale-like theme lending exotic sophistication and colour to the unique mosaic of creativity, imagination and style.
[19]
1999
(47th)
Dollar Dreams English Sekhar Kammula Sekhar Kammula
For tacking in a very natural manner the burning problem of brain drain to the techno-logically developed world.
[20]
Laado Haryanvi Kumud Chaudhary Ashwini Chaudhary
For taking a bold stand over women's rights in the traditionally orthodox agricultural community of Haryana.
2000
(48th)
Sayahnam Malayalam M. S. Nazeer R. Sarath
For the nature and gripping manner in which this young director deals with complex issues like political honesty and nuclear disarmament.
[21]
2001
(49th)
Thilaadanam Telugu NFDC K. N. T. Sastry
For its juxtaposition of two diverse ideologies existing within the same family, the father's belief in his religion and traditions and his son's revolutionary ideology. The film strikes a very fine balance in inter-generational explorations.
[22]
2002
(50th)
Patalghar Bengali Niti Sonee Gourisaria Abhijit Chaudhuri
For its craftsmanship and fine blending of the conventions of science fiction and an indigenous narrative form.
[23]
Prohor Bengali Debjani Gupta Subhadro Chaudhary
For its use of sensitive idiom to portray the trauma of a brutalized woman.
2003
(51st)
Margam Malayalam Rajiv Vijay Raghavan Rajiv Vijay Raghavan
For poignantly capturing the troubled journey of a middle-aged individual reexamining his p0litical past in the light of prevailing socio-political values.
[24]
2004
(52nd)
Grahanam Telugu N. Anji Reddy Mohan Krishna Indraganti
For invoking nostalgia in a manner that is powerful yet poetic.
[25]
2005
(53rd)
Parineeta Hindi Vidhu Vinod Chopra Pradeep Sarkar
For the competent directorial style to recreate a classic novel with modern cinematic sensibilities.
[26]
2006
(54th)
Eakantham Malayalam Anthony Joseph Madhu Kaithapram
For sensitively portraying the solitude of two ageing brothers who have lost everyone around them.
[27]
Kabul Express Hindi Aditya Chopra Kabir Khan
For capturing, through the journey of two Indian journalists, the collapse of Taliban in post 9/11 Afghanistan.
2007
(55th)
Frozen  • Hindi
 • Ladakhi
Shivajee Chandrabhushan Shivajee Chandrabhushan
For bringing to life with warmth and vivacity life in those distant desolate snow bound heights where existence itself is a fulltime challenge.
[28]
2008
(56th)
A Wednesday! Hindi UTV Motion Pictures Neeraj Pandey
For slick and searing exposure of the tension below the normal rhythm of life and the angst of the common man in Mumbai.
[29]
2009
(57th)
Lahore Hindi Vivek Khatkar Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan
For excellent control over the medium and using sport as a metaphor to tell a compelling story.
[30]
2010
(58th)
Baboo Band Baaja Marathi Nita Jadhav Rajesh Pinjani
For a riveting tale of a father reluctant to educate his son, a mother who fiercely believes in its liberatory value, and the son who is caught in the crossfire, 'Baboo' is an outstanding debut project by director.
[31]
2011
(59th)
Aaranya Kaandam Tamil S. P. B. Charan Thiagarajan Kumararaja
For a stylized and ironic reinvention of the gangster genre that presents a dazzling map of Chennai's subterranean world of druglords and violence. The director cinematically scrutinizes the landscape of decaying architecture, abandoned factories, old cars and the crisis of masculinity to present a labyrinthine urban dystopia. The city emerges as a wasteland that is simultaneously mundane, shocking and nightmarish.
[32]
2012
(60th)
Chittagong Hindi Bedabrata Pain Bedabrata Pain
A page from the history of India's independence struggle. The director has recreated a small town incident which had national impact with consummate artistry in his debut film.
[33]
101 Chodyangal Malayalam Thomas Kottackkakom Sidhartha Siva
Highly watchable cinematic experience presented through a special relationship between a young precocious child and his conscientious school teacher. The director in his debut film has done a commendable job in putting forth a topical and sensitive issue.
2013
(61st)
Fandry Marathi  • Navalkha Arts
 • Holy Basil Combine
Nagraj Manjule
A stark and realistic portrayal of Dalits in India seen through the eyes of a young boy who is desperately trying to break age old shackles. It makes a strong statement that despite various reformers doing their best.... much remains to be done.
[34]
2014
(62nd)
Asha Jaoar Majhe Bengali  • For Films
 • Salaam Cinema
Aditya Vikram Sengupta
For the portrayal of routine ordinary life with extraordinary cinematic finesse.
[35]
2015
(63rd)
Masaan Hindi Phantom Films Neeraj Ghaywan
For his perceptive approach to film-making in handling a layered story of people caught up changing social and moral values.
[36]
2016
(64th)
Alifa Bengali Amaan Ahmed Deep Choudhury
It brings out the nuances of a very complex socio-environmental problem.
[37]
2017
(65th)
Sinjar Jasari Shibu G. Suseelan Pampally

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "29th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 4 October 2011.
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  35. ^ "62nd National Film Awards" (PDF) (Press release). Directorate of Film Festivals. 24 March 2015. Retrieved 24 March 2015.
  36. ^ "63rd National Film Awards" (PDF) (Press release). Directorate of Film Festivals. 28 March 2016. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
  37. ^ "64th National Film Awards" (PDF) (Press release). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 7 April 2017.

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