47th National Film Awards

47th National Film Awards
Awarded for Best of Indian cinema in 1999
Awarded by President of India
(K. R. Narayanan)
Presented by Directorate of Film Festivals
Presented on September 2000 (2000-09)
Official website dff.nic.in
Best Feature Film Vanaprastham
Best Non-Feature Film Dui Paatan Ke Beech Mein
Most awards Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (4)

The 47th National Film Awards, presented by Directorate of Film Festivals, the organisation set up by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, India to felicitate the best of Indian Cinema released in the year 1999.[1][2][3] Ceremony took place in September 2000 and awards were given by then President of India, K. R. Narayanan.


Awards were divided into feature films, non-feature films and books written on Indian cinema.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Name of Award Awardee(s) Awarded As Awards
Dadasaheb Phalke Award Hrishikesh Mukherjee[4] Director Swarna Kamal, 1,00,000 and a Shawl

Feature Films

Feature films were awarded at All India as well as regional level. For 47th National Film Awards, a Malayalam film, Vanaprastham won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film; whereas a Hindi film, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam won the maximum number of awards (4). Following were the awards given in each category:[1][2][3]


A committee headed by Gautam Ghose was appointed to evaluate the feature films awards. Following were the jury members:[1][2][3]

All India Award

Following were the awards given:[1][2][3]

Golden Lotus Award

Official Name: Swarna Kamal[1][2][3]

All the awardees are awarded with 'Golden Lotus Award (Swarna Kamal)', a certificate and cash prize.

Name of Award Name of Film Language Awardee(s) Cash Prize
Best Feature Film Vanaprastham Malayalam Producer: Mohanlal
Director: Shaji N. Karun
50,000/- Each
Citation: For its multi layered treatment of issues like caste system, patronage to the arts, Guru Shishya Parampara, and the identity crisis of a performing artiste.
Best Debut Film of A Director Dollar Dreams English Producer: Sekhar Kammula
Director: Sekhar Kammula
12,500/- Each
Citation: For tacking in a very natural manner the burning problem of brain drain to the techno-logically developed world.
Laado Haryanvi Producer: Kumud Chaudhary
Director: Ashwini Chaudhary
Citation: For taking a bold stand over women's rights in the traditionally orthodox agricultural community of Haryana.
Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment Sarfarosh Hindi Producer: John Matthew Matthan
Director: John Matthew Matthan
40,000/- Each
Citation: For its engrossing projection of an honest officer, who fights engineered subversion which fuels suspicion and sours relationship between two communities. A bold subject for the debut film of a director in mainstream cinema.
Best Children's Film Goal Hindi Producer: Children's Film Society
Director: Gul Bahar Singh
30,000/- Each
Citation: For stressing the sportsmanship of a small town coach who supports, without any bias, the raw talent of an underprivileged aspirant with no education and with a social stigma.
Best Direction Uttara Bengali Buddhadeb Dasgupta 50,000/-
Citation: For his skilful weaving together of different strands of life through metaphors, symbols and folk icons, to question the definition of humanity in our scoundrel times.
Silver Lotus Award

Official Name: Rajat Kamal[1][2][3]

All the awardees are awarded with 'Silver Lotus Award (Rajat Kamal)', a certificate and cash prize.

Name of Award Name of Film Language Awardee(s) Cash Prize
Best Feature Film on National Integration Shaheed Udham Singh Punjabi Producer: Iqbal Dhillon
Director: Chitraarth
30,000/- Each
Citation: For opening a new window to the Jallianwala Bagh episode, which had jolted the conscience of the Indian people.
Best Film on Family Welfare Hari-Bhari Hindi Producer: Government of India
Director: Shyam Benegal
30,000/- Each
Citation: For unfolding several aspects of family life in an Indian Town where awareness of women's health and upbringing of girl-child is enveloped in ignorance and blind belief.
Best Film on Other Social Issues Kairee Hindi Producer: Government of India
Director: Amol Palekar
30,000/- Each
Citation: For its charming portrayal of the need to give a secure future, through education, to the girl-child in the backwaters of the country.
Best Film on Environment / Conservation / Preservation Jalamarmaram Malayalam Producer: Latha Kurien Rajeev and Radhika Suresh Gopi
Director: T. K. Rajeev Kumar
30,000/- Each
Citation: For handling a theme of great concern in the increasingly polluted environs of our industrial towns and cities, through the imaginative touch of a fairly tale.
Best Actor Vanaprastham Malayalam Mohanlal 10,000/-
Citation: For his nuanced portrayal of the identity crisis experienced by a performing artiste who, in his personal life too, is torn between the denial of both, paternal identity and his own paternity rights.
Best Actress Bariwali Bengali Kirron Kher 10,000/-
Citation: For the range of emotions she brings into play in living the role of an ageing woman whose unfulfilled desires make her a game for emotional exploitation by a dream-merchant.
Best Supporting Actor Hey Ram Tamil Atul Kulkarni 10,000/-
Citation: For his serious performance as a cold blooded fundamentalist stalking the cities during the turbulent years of partition that led to the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi.
Best Supporting Actress Bariwali Bengali Sudipta Chakraborty 10,000/- Each
Citation: For playing the zest for life of a maidservant who comes from the slums and lives in a Haveli.
Paromitar Ek Din Bengali Sohini Haldar
Citation: For breathing life into the schizophrenic daughter who knows she is a burden on her mother, but cannot help it.
Best Child Artist Jalamarmaram Malayalam Aswin Thampy 10,000/-
Citation: For playing the innocent faith of a child in the existence of a mermaid, and his confident strides to provide it with a safe environment.
Best Male Playback Singer Vasanthiyum Lakshmiyum Pinne Njaanum
("Chanthupottum Chankelassum")
Malayalam M. G. Sreekumar 10,000/-
Citation: For a heartwarming rendition of the song.
Best Female Playback Singer Paromitar Ek Din
("Hridoy Amar Prokash Holo")
Bengali Jayshree Dasgupta 10,000/-
Citation: For soulful rendering by the singer expressing the inner world of a mentally challenged character in this film.
Best Cinematography Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam Hindi Cameraman: Anil Mehta
Laboratory Processing: Adlabs
10,000/- Each
Citation: For a wide range of tonal variations achieved by the cinematographer to express the changing moods of this musical in a given space and time.
Best Screenplay Karunam Malayalam Madampu Kunjukuttan 10,000/-
Citation: For expressing with extreme economy and skilful cinematic treatment a story based on a sensitive screenplay woven around an old couple.
Best Audiography Uttara Bengali Anup Mukhopadhyay 10,000/-
Citation: For creating the ambience of sound in different layers to create an atmosphere in support of the stark visuals. The final mixed sound track has enhanced the effect of viewing the film enormously.
Best Editing Vanaprastham Malayalam A. Sreekar Prasad 10,000/-
Citation: For maintaining the required unity of form and content by putting images and sound tracks in perfect harmony and rhythm for this film.
Best Art Direction Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam Hindi Nitin Chandrakant Desai 10,000/-
Citation: For recreating the haveli ambience and matching it with the existing structure used, the décor of the sets and for recreating the best of life styles of the region.
Best Costume Design Hey Ram Tamil Sarika 10,000/-
Citation: For recreating a range of period costumes worn by characters from regions as varied as Lahore, Calcutta, Madras and Delhi and coming down to present times.
Best Music Direction Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam Hindi Ismail Darbar 10,000/-
Citation: For an innovative score that blends in the entire spectrum of Indian music form Classical to folk to embellish the musical narrative.
Best Lyrics Sangamam
("Mudhal Murai Killipparthaein")
Tamil Vairamuthu 10,000/-
Citation: For the lyric "Mudhal Murai Killipparthaein" in the Tamil film Sangamam. In his own imitable style the renowned poet has imparted a certain lyrical charm to the song.
Best Special Effects Hey Ram Tamil Mantra 10,000/-
Citation: For judicious use of special effects to enhance the feel of living in the past and conversing with a legend of Indian history.
Best Choreography Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
("Dholi Taro")
Hindi Sameer Tanna, Arsh Tanna and Vaibhavi Merchant 10,000/-
Citation: For combining musical elements in the dance number skilfully composed by the choreographer to enrich visual opulence.
Special Jury Award Vasanthiyum Lakshmiyum Pinne Njaanum Malayalam Kalabhavan Mani (Actor) 25,000/-
Citation: For a sensitive and realistic portrayal of a blind man complete with his behavioural and gestural distortions as he copes with difficulties in making life meaningful.
Gharabaher Marathi Mohan Joshi (Actor) Certificate Only
Citation: For his wonderfully controlled performance of a corrupt politician.
Baibhab Assamese Manju Borah (Director)
Citation: For her poetic expression in her debut film.
Deveeri Kannada Kavitha Lankesh (Director)
Citation: For her exuberant debut as a director.

Regional Awards

The award is given to best film in the regional languages in India.[1][2][3]

Name of Award Name of Film Awardee(s) Cash Prize
Best Feature Film in Assamese Pokhi Producer: Dolphin Communications
Director: Jahnu Barua
20,000/- Each
Citation: For beautifully structured film centred around the turmoil in the life of an orphan the film finely balances the demands of characterisation, perform-ance and storytelling to focus attention on the role played by the child in bringing about an attitudinal change in a selfish money lender.
Best Feature Film in Bengali Paromitar Ek Din Producer: Rajesh Agarwal
Director: Aparna Sen
20,000/- Each
Citation: For depicting the changing temper of society and the changing balances of human relationships very sensitively portrayed. The film highlights the changing equations between a mother-in-law and daughter-in-law, who begin as adversaries and become confidantes.
Best Feature Film in Hindi Shool Producer: Nitin Manmohan and Ram Gopal Varma
Director: E. Nivas
20,000/- Each
Citation: For unveiling the complete collapse of the socio-political system. A very effective portrayal of the determined fight of a single citizen in the centre of a façade of democracy.
Best Feature Film in Kannada Kanooru Heggadithi Producer: H.G. Narayana, C.M. Narayana and I. P. Mallegowda
Director: Girish Karnad
20,000/- Each
Citation: For depicting increasing gaps between generation and genders very sensitively portrayed through the three main female characters.
Best Feature Film in Malayalam Punaradhivasam Producer: N. P. Prakash
Director: V. K. Prakash
20,000/- Each
Citation: For depicting an intricately structured screenplay about the need for discovering new adjustments in family relationship and the complexities and fallacies of conjugal harmony.
Best Feature Film in Marathi Gharabaher Producer: Ratan Madan and Narendra Shinde
Director: Sanjay Surkar
20,000/- Each
Citation: For depicting the hypocrisy exercised by man in complete contradiction of declared socio-political positions and a total reversal of behaviour when it comes to power and lust. It draws attention to the inherent problems in the empowerment of women.
Best Feature Film in Odia Biswaprakash Producer: NFDC
Director: Susant Misra
20,000/- Each
Citation: For depicting the story of a young man in search of his identify and direction in life. The beautifully photo-graphed film depicts the lack of opportunities in a small town.
Best Feature Film in Tamil Sethu Producer: A. Kandasamy
Director: Bala
20,000/- Each
Citation: For an impressive debut by a director with a commendable grasp of the grammar of mainstream cinema. It deserves special mention for combining popular elements with the unconventional.
Best Feature Film in Telugu Kalisundam Raa Producer: Daggubati Suresh Babu
Director: Uday Shankar
20,000/- Each
Citation: For a conventionally structured film in the genre of mainstream cinema which conveys in an entertaining and wholesome manner a social message of togetherness and the need for preserving the unit of the joint family.

Non-Feature Films

Short Films made in any Indian language and certified by the Central Board of Film Certification as a documentary/newsreel/fiction are eligible for non-feature film section.


A committee headed by Jabbar Patel was appointed to evaluate the non-feature films awards. Following were the jury members:[1][2][3]

Golden Lotus Award

Official Name: Swarna Kamal[1][2][3]

All the awardees are awarded with 'Golden Lotus Award (Swarna Kamal)', a certificate and cash prize.

Name of Award Name of Film Language Awardee(s) Cash Prize
Best Non-Feature Film Dui Paatan Ke Beech Mein
(Between the Devil and the Deep River)
Hindi Producer: Arvind Sinha
Director: Arvind Sinha
20,000/- Each
Citation: For its in-depth portrayal of an environmental disaster in North Bihar, of lives uprooted and rendered ‘amphibian’ due to the blind imposition of the development model of embankment of rivers.

Silver Lotus Award

Official Name: Rajat Kamal[1][2][3]

All the awardees are awarded with 'Silver Lotus Award (Rajat Kamal)' and cash prize.

Name of Award Name of Film Language Awardee(s) Cash Prize
Best First Non-Feature Film Deivangal Padiyirangumbol
(When Gods Depart)
Tamil Producer: Pradeep Kumar
Director: Pradeep Kumar
10,000/- Each
Citation: For its objective and well-researched point of view on the lives of tribes in the Wayanad region; it captures their fragile existence cause in the process of change.
Best Anthropological / Ethnographic Film Koihatir Dhulia Assamese Producer: Satyabrat Kalita
Director: Hemanta Das
10,000/- Each
Citation: For its portrayal of the maestro Mohan Bhawria and his contribution to the revival of an art form from oblivion, its dissemination, and its incorporation of topical themes within a traditional art form.
Surabhi Telugu Producer: K. Jaydev
Director: K. N. T. Sastry
Citation: For being an important document of a family-community of theatre performers and of cultural growth within the community and its performances.
Best Biographical Film Nottam Malayalam Producer: Bina Narayan
Director: M. R. Rajan
5,000/- Each
Citation: For portraying the renowned Kathakali actor Kizhpadam Kumaran Nair, his valuable contribution to the art form, his devotion, dignity and his insights into nature, art and life.
Mallika Sarabhai English Producer: Films Division
Director: Aruna Raje Patil
Citation: For a vibrant presentation of a contemporary woman’s life and art, through the perspective of Mallika Sarabhai.
Best Arts / Cultural Film "Thang Ta"- The Martial Art of Manipur English Producer: Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts
Director: Aribam Syam Sharma
10,000/- Each
Citation: For its passionate cinematic expression of a traditional martial art of Manipur.
Best Environment / Conservation / Preservation Film And The Bamboo Blooms English Producer: Films Division
Director: Joshy Joseph
10,000/- Each
Citation: For its creative approach to the importance of bamboo in the economic and social lives of the people of Manipur and Mizoram.
Best Film on Social Issues Atanka Ka Andhakar
(Darkness of Terror)
Hindi Producer: Films Division
Director: Rajiv Kumar
10,000/- Each
Citation: For its documentation of the social issue of caste politics and the ensuing ruthless violence in Bihar.
Best Short Fiction Film Blind Folded Tamil Producer: A. Sriram
Director: S. Sri Ram
10,000/- Each
Citation: For its creative controlled treatment of an emotional and socially relevant theme.
Best Cinematography Kalamandalam Gopi Malayalam Cameraman: Ravi Varma
Laboratory Processing: Prasad Film Laboratories
10,000/- Each
Citation: For the imaginative and excellent visual quality rendered with consistency.
Best Audiography The Vehicle With A Soul of a Man Chinmoy Nath 10,000/-
Citation: For imaginatively capturing the hard labour and tediousness of the Pitthu through the sound design achieved through an appropriate synthesis of sound and silence.
Best Editing Of Confucius, S-Spots and Toyguns English, Hindi, Marathi and Tamil Ajit Kumar 10,000/-
Citation: For the creative and crisp juxtaposition of imagery which complements the theme of the film.
Special Jury Award Of Confucius, S-Spots and Toyguns English, Hindi, Marathi and Tamil Deep Prakash (Director) 10,000/-
Citation: For its stylised, graphic and playful narrative on modern life, violence and the contemporary media.
Fire English and Hindi Vinod Subramanian (Director) Certificate Only
Citation: For its imaginative and multifaceted presentation of the theme.

Best Writing on Cinema

The awards aim at encouraging study and appreciation of cinema as an art form and dissemination of information and critical appreciation of this art-form through publication of books, articles, reviews etc.


A committee headed by K. Satchidanandan was appointed to evaluate the writing on Indian cinema. Following were the jury members:[1][2][3]

Golden Lotus Award

Official Name: Swarna Kamal[1][2][3]

All the awardees are awarded with 'Golden Lotus Award (Swarna Kamal)' and cash prize.

Name of Award Name of Book Language Awardee(s) Cash Prize
Best Book on Cinema Malayala Cinemayum Sahithyavum Malayalam Author: Madhu Eravankara
Publisher: D. C. Books
15,000/- Each
Citation: For its in-depth analysis of the relationship between literature and film, its thorough understanding of the medium, rigorous research and high readability.
Marathi Chitrapat Sangeetachi Vatchal Marathi Author: Aruna Anant Damle
Publisher: Anil Damle
Citation: For its meticulous research its understanding of musical tradition in Marathi film and accessible style.
Best Film Critic Malayalam I. Shanmugha Das 15,000/-
Citation: For his understanding of the history of the art of cinema, his commitment to excellence in films, his grasp of film aesthetics and his originality of vision.

Special Mention

All the award winners are awarded with Certificate of Merit.[1][2][3]

Name of Award Name of Book Language Awardee(s) Cash Prize
Special Mention (Book on Cinema) Economic Aspects of Film Industry In Kerala English Author: Uma J. Nair Certificate Only
Citation: For its original interdisciplinary research.

Awards not given

Following were the awards not given as no film was found to be suitable for the award:[1][2][3]


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