|Wednesday, February 16, 2000,
Jagir Kaur to appear at Akal
AMRITSAR, Feb 15 In all probability, Bibi Jagir Kaur, president of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee will appear before Akal Takht after the Nawanshahr byelection scheduled for February 17.
Mr Avtar Singh Hit, president Shiromani Akali Dal, New Delhi and Dr Puran Singh Jassi, a former Director Health Services who held long meeting with Giani Puran Singh, Jathedar Akal Takht for the third consecutive day today left for Nawanshahr to meet Mr Badal who is camping there and give him a detailed report of their meeting.
Though Dr Jassi refused to divulge details he confirmed that the talks were held in congenial atmosphere. He, however, hoped that the talks would yield results and an amicable solution be found soon.
B.R. Chopra gets Phalke award
NEW DELHI, Feb 15 Indian cinemas highest national honour the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for lifelong contribution to the medium was today presented to Bollywoods living legend B.R. Chopra at the 46th National Film Awards function here.
The award was given away by President K.R.Narayanan in the presence of Information and Broadcasting Minister, Arun Jaitley at Vigyan Bhavan. The President also gave away the other awards for top performances in Indian cinema for 1998.
Speaking on the occasion, both called upon film makers to be sensitive to the sensibilities of the public.
While filmmaker, Shyam Benegals Hindi film Samar received the award for the best film of 1998, the award for the best director was given away to Rajeevnath for the Malayalam film Janani while Ajay Devgun shared the best actor award which he won for his role in Zakhm directed by Mahesh Bhatt with popular Malayalam star Mammootty who got it for playing the title role of Bhim Rao Ambedkar in the English film Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar directed by Jabbar Patel. Shabana Azmi bagged the award for her performance in Godmother directed by Vinay Shukla.
The 1998 blockbuster Kuch Kuch Hota Hai by Karan Johar bagged the award for the best popular film providing wholesome entertainment while the Malayalam film Daya by Venu was selected for the Indira Gandhi award for the first film of a director. The Nargis Dutt award for the best film on national integration is Zakhm, which was produced by actress Pooja Bhatt who also enacted the main role.
In fact, a majority of the 17 awards and mentions bagged by Hindi films have gone to mainstream commercial cinema. The films include the controversial Godmother which won the largest number of awards, a total of six, for any single film, including best feature film in Hindi language category, and an award for best lyric mati re mati re by Shabanas husband Javed Akhtar.
The supporting acting awards were bagged by Hindi films, Manoj Bajpai in Ramgopal Vermas Satya and Suhasini Mulay for Gulzars hu tu tu, her second film as an actress after her debut in Bhavan Shome in the late 70s.
In the Forest Hangs a Bridge by Sanjay Kak won the best non-feature film award, while Cinemaee Bhasha Aur Hindi Samvaadon Ka Vishleshan by Kishore Vaswani was selected as the best book on cinema with Meenakshi Shedde being chosen as best film critic. There was also a special mention of Gaston Roberge for the book Communication Cinema Development.
The Dadasaheb Phalke
award, the highest national honour in cinema presented
every year to senior film personalities for their
contribution to the growth and development of the art,
comprises a sum of Rs 2 lakh apart from a citation and a
shawl. This award has been decided by the government,
while the other awards were selected by a 17-member
feature film jury, a five-member non-feature jury, and a
three-member book jury. Apart from the Swarna Kamal and
the Rajat Kamal, the cash component of the awards ranges
from Rs 10,000 to Rs 50,000 for feature films and Rs
10,000 to Rs 20,000 for non-feature films.Other Hindi
films awarded were Kabhi Pass Kabhi Fail by
Virendra Saini as the best childrens film, and
Dil Se which won two awards, including one
for best audiography for H. Sridhar. While Hindi led with
17 awards, Malayalam was next with seven, followed by
Tamil with four Bengali, English and Telugu with three
each and Assamese, Kannada, Punjabi, Oriya and Marathi
with one each.Godmother won three other
awards: best male playback for Sanjeev Abhyankar for
Suno Re Bhaila, Renu Saluja for its editing,
and Vishal Bhardwaj for music. Alka Yagnik won the female
playback for the title track of Kuch Kuch Hota
Hai. Bengla film Samar got an award for
best screenplay for Ashok Misra. The film Dr
Babasaheb Ambedkar also received an award for best
art direction which was presented to Nitin Desai, while
S.B. Satheesan got the costume award for
Daya.Perhaps for the first time in the
history of the national film awards, an individual won
two awards each in consecutive years and each award is
for a different film. Renowned cameraman Santosh Sivan,
who had received the regional language film award for
The Terrorist and for cinematography for
Iruvar in the national awards for 1997, got
the award for environmental conservation film
Malli and for cinematography in Dil
Se. Child actress baby Amma (Shwetha) got the award
for best child star for Malli.The awards,
which should have been in normal course presented in the
mid-year last year, could not be given away due to
various reasons including the prevailing political
situation in the country.
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