58th National Film Awards
58th National Film Awards
58th National Film Awards
Awarded forBest of Indian cinema in 2010
Awarded byDirectorate of Film Festivals
Presented byPratibha Patil
(President of India)
Announced on19 May 2011 (2011-05-19)
Presented on9 September 2011 (2011-09-09)
SiteVigyan Bhavan, New Delhi
Hosted byMahi Gill and Rajat Kapoor
Official websitedff.nic.in
Best Feature FilmAdaminte Makan Abu
Best Non-Feature FilmGerm
Best BookFrom Rajahs and Yogis to Gandhi and Beyond
Best Film Critic • N. Manu Chakravarthy
 • Joshy Joseph
Dadasaheb Phalke AwardK. Balachander
Most awardsAadukalam (6)

The 58th 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 for the year 2010.[1][2]

The selection process started by announcing the invitation for the awards on 18 March 2011.[3] For feature and non-feature films, all the films certified by Central Board of Film Certification, India between 1 January 2010 and 31 December 2010 were made eligible whereas for the best writing on cinema, all the books and articles as well reviews on Indian cinema published between 1 January 2010 and 31 December 2010 were made eligible for the awards.[4]

Three different committees were instituted in order to judge the various entries for feature film, non-feature film and best writing on cinema sections; headed by J. P. Dutta, for feature films and A. K. Bir along with Ashok Vajpeyi for non-feature films and best writing on cinema sections, respectively. Another committee of five members was also constituted for the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, having included two past Dadasaheb Phalke Award recipient, Shyam Benegal and Adoor Gopalakrishnan.

Each chairperson for feature film, non-feature film and best writing on cinema sections announced the award on 19 May 2011[5][6] for their respective sections and award ceremony took place at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi with President of India, Pratibha Patil giving away the awards on 9 September 2011.[7][8]


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

Lifetime Achievement Award

The award is given to a prominent personality from the Indian film industry for their contribution.


A committee consisting five eminent personalities from Indian film industry was appointed to evaluate the lifetime achievement award, Dadasaheb Phalke Award. Following were the jury members:[1]

 • Shyam Benegal
 • Adoor Gopalakrishnan
 • Prasoon Joshi
 • Shaji N. Karun
 • Raghu Rai
Name of Award Image Awardee(s) Awarded As Awards
Dadasaheb Phalke Award
K Balachander.jpg
K. Balachander[9][10] Director and Producer Swarna Kamal, 1,000,000 and a Shawl

Feature Films

Films made in any Indian language shot on 16 mm, 35 mm or in a wider gauge or digital format but released on a film format or video/digital but certified by the Central Board of Film Certification as a feature film or featurette are eligible for Feature Film section.

Feature films were awarded at All India as well as regional level. For 58th National Film Awards, a Malayalam film, Adaminte Makan Abu won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film; whereas a Tamil film, Aadukalam won the maximum number of awards (6). Following were the awards given in each category:[1][2][5]


A committee headed by J. P. Dutta was appointed to evaluate the feature films awards. The selection process returned to a Two Tier System of Selection. The Chairperson for the Northern Region was Nirad N. Mohapatra, for the Western Region, Chandraprakash Dwivedi, for South–I Region, Arunoday Sharma, for the Eastern Region, J. F. C. Durai and for South- II Region, Ansu Ranjan Sur. Following were the jury members:[1]

All India Award

Following were the awards given:[1][2][5]

Golden Lotus Award

Official Name: Swarna Kamal[1][2][5]

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 Adaminte Makan Abu Malayalam Producer: Salim Ahamed and Ashraf Bedi
director: Salim Ahamed
2,50,000/- Each
Citation: For a simple yet evocative articulation of humanist values that liberates matters of faith from the constrictions of narrow parochialism. The concerns of Abu, son of Adam, are timeless and universal in their scope and appeal.
Best Debut Film of a Director Baboo Band Baaja Marathi Producer: Nita Jadhav
Director: Rajesh Pinjani
1,25,000/- Each
Citation: For narrating a riveting tale of a father reluctant to educate his son, a mother who fiercely believes in its liberatory value of education, and the son who is caught in the crossfire. ‘Baboo’ is an outstanding debut project by director.
Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment Dabangg Hindi Producer: Arbaaz Khan, Malaika Arora Khan and Dhillin Mehta
Director: Abhinav Singh Kashyap
2,00,000/- Each
Citation: For responding to the need of cinegoers for "mast" entertainment that is rooted in Indian soil.
Best Children's Film Hejjegalu Kannada Producer: Basanta Kumar Patil
Director: P. R. Ramadas Naidu
1,50,000/- Each
Citation: For the tale of a little girl who cheerfully takes on her little shoulders the challenge of preserving the fabric of her family.
Best Direction Aadukalam Tamil Vetrimaaran 2,50,000/-
Citation: For narrating with panache and a realistic cinematic grammar, a gritty tale of love, jealousy and betrayal in the midst of blood-sport and violence.
Silver Lotus Award

Official Name: Rajat Kamal[1][2][5]

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 Moner Manush Bengali Producer: Gautam Kundu
Director: Gautam Ghose
1,50,000/- Each
Citation: For celebrating the union of the human spirit with the divine, and realizing the inner, mystical dimension through the life and song of one of the foremost mystic minstrels from Bengal, a Sufi poet in the Baul tradition.
Best Film on Other Social Issues Champions Marathi Producer: Aishwarya Narkar
Director: Ramesh More
1,50,000/- Each
Citation: For a soul-stirring saga of two young brothers located in a world of deprivation, forced to fend each other and their mother even as their thirst for education surpasses the pangs of hunger.
Best Film on Environment / Conservation / Preservation Bettada Jeeva Kannada Producer: Basanta Kumar Patil
Director: P. Sheshadri
1,50,000/- Each
Citation: For the charming narrative of an old couple as they bravely harness the wilderness to nurture their young plantation, and yearn for the return of their only son.
Best Actor Citation for the award: Two riveting performances that fuse character and actor in one.
Aadukalam Tamil Dhanush 50,000/- Each
Citation: For the nuanced portrayal of a raw, cocky young man who learns his lessons in life the hard way.
Adaminte Makan Abu Malayalam Salim Kumar
Citation: For an evocative, restrained performance as a simple man with an unshakeable humanist faith in his quest for salvation.
Best Actress Citation for the award: For the portrayal of two mothers struggling to better the lives of their children in the face of untold hardship.
Baboo Band Baaja Marathi Mitalee Jagtap Varadkar 50,000/- Each
Citation: For portraying with finesse a mother who strives to achieve for her son a better future than the one denied to her by circumstances.
Thenmerku Paruvakaatru Tamil Saranya Ponvannan
Citation: For playing a fiercely combative single mother who shields her son to the point of sacrificing herself for the sake of his happiness.
Best Supporting Actor Mynaa Tamil Thambi Ramaiah 50,000/-
Citation: For a heart-warming performance as a policeman who discovers the finer side of his own humanity in the process of capturing a fugitive.
Best Supporting Actress Namma Gramam Tamil Sukumari 50,000/-
Citation: For the sensitive portrayal of an aged widow who challenges orthodoxy when crippling ritualistic restrictions are imposed upon her widowed teenaged granddaughter.
Best Child Artist Citation for the award: Four actors express with charm and heartbreak, the world of the child.
I Am Kalam Hindi Harsh Mayar 50,000/- Each
Citation: For performing with shining eyes and an urchin smile, the razor sharp spirit of a survivor who dreams of excellence.
Champions Marathi  • Shantanu Ranganekar
 • Machindra Gadkar
Citation: For their realistic portrayal of two gutsy brothers bonded by blood and responsibility, battling for survival in the underbelly of a heartless city.
Baboo Band Baaja Marathi Vivek Chabukswar
Citation: For capturing the indomitable spirit of a young village boy who is hungry to learn in an environment that tries to close all doors on him.
Best Male Playback Singer Mee Sindhutai Sapkal
("Hey Bhaskara Kshitijavari Ya")
Marathi Suresh Wadkar 50,000/-
Citation: For rendering with resonant emotion a soulful lyric, with a purity of musical expression and spiritual empathy.
Best Female Playback Singer Ishqiya
("Badi Dheere Jali")
Hindi Rekha Bhardwaj 50,000/-
Citation: For a sensual and feeling rendering of lyrics that evoke a maiden's pining for the beloved.
Best Cinematography Adaminte Makan Abu Malayalam Cameraman: Madhu Ambat 50,000/-
Citation: For the visual poetry that augments and reinforces the concern of the narrative and for unfolding the infinite vistas of nascent digital technology in the visual medium.
Best Screenplay
 • Screenplay Writer (Original)
Aadukalam Tamil Vetrimaaran 50,000/-
Citation: For its kaleidoscopic blending of realism, tradition and contemporaneity, soaked in local flavour on an infinite canvas.
Best Screenplay
 • Screenplay Writer (Adapted)
Mee Sindhutai Sapkal Marathi  • Anant Mahadevan
 • Sanjay Pawar
25,000/- Each
Citation: For retaining the concerns and values of a biographical account even while translating it into the cinematic medium and honouring the essence of the original.
Best Screenplay
 • Dialogues
Mee Sindhutai Sapkal Marathi Sanjay Pawar 50,000/-
Citation: For crisply bringing to life the textures of various characters through articulating their emotion and thought process.
Best Audiography
 • Location Sound Recordist
Ishqiya Hindi Kaamod Kharade 50,000/-
Citation: For capturing the soft nuances of the artists' expressions and the multitudinous variations of the location ambience in a sensorial manner.
Best Audiography
 • Sound designer
Chitrasutram Malayalam Subhadeep Sengupta 50,000/-
Citation: For imaprting a subliminal experience to the viewer through a sound design that weaves a rich tapestry of auditory perception as it rides in tandem with the visual abstraction in this cinematic creation.
Best Audiography
 • Re-recordist of the Final Mixed Track
Ishqiya Hindi Debajit Changmai 50,000/-
Citation: For integrating the various components of sound design effectively so as to deliver a near-tactile experience that is at once real and artistic.
Best Editing Aadukalam Tamil Kishore Te. 50,000/-
Citation: For the subliminal impact created by the use of montage so as to bring to the fore the thematic concerns of the narrative in a holistic manner.
Best Art Direction Enthiran Tamil Sabu Cyril 50,000/-
Citation: For the style and finesse realised in the creation of a set design that is coherent with the futuristic visual style of the narrative.
Best Costume Design Namma Gramam Tamil Indrans Jayan 50,000/-
Citation: For realising effectively the texture of a period in the history of modern India through miniscule attention to detailing.
Best Make-up Artist Moner Manush Bengali Vikram Gaikwad 50,000/-
Citation: For the admirable detailing and remarkable consistency achieved in the etching of the characters who traverse an extensive time span.
Best Music Direction
 • Songs
Ishqiya Hindi Vishal Bhardwaj 50,000/-
Citation: For the creative blend of rustic flavour and the Indian traditional music.
Best Music Direction
 • Background Score
Adaminte Makan Abu Malayalam Isaac Thomas Kottukapally 50,000/-
Citation: For minimalistic use of appropriate background score that nurtures the essence of the narrative.
Best Lyrics Thenmerku Paruvakaatru
("Kallikkaattil Perandha Thaayae")
Tamil Vairamuthu 50,000/-
Citation: For giving a meaningful expression to the narrative through contextual amplification of emotion.
Best Special Effects Enthiran Tamil V. Srinivas Mohan 50,000/-
Citation: For bringing of age a spectrum of visual special effects in Indian cinema and thereby carving out a niche segment for the practitioners of this art form on the global map.
Best Choreography Aadukalam Tamil Dinesh Kumar 50,000/-
Citation: For the native charm and innovative design in the art of choreography that creates an effervescent energy in the spectator.
Special Jury Award Mee Sindhutai Sapkal Marathi  • Bindiya Khanolkar and Sachin Khanolkar (Producer)
 • Anant Mahadevan (Director)
Citation: For a powerful cinematic rendition of the epic journey of a living person, an abandoned woman who refused to become a victim of circumstance and who, in the process of realising her inner potential, transformed her life as well as but also the lives of innumerable others.
Special Mention Bettada Jeeva Kannada K. Shivaram Karanth (Writer) (Posthumously) Certificate Only
Citation: Breaking fresh ground in recognising the creative fountain-head-the creator of the story- the jury pays tribute to a literary giant and author of novella Bettada Jeeva, the late Shivaram Karanth. The jury also salutes his invaluable association with the world of Indian Cinema as an ingenious practitioner of the art form.
Aadukalam Tamil V. I. S. Jayabalan (Actor)
Citation: For his portrayal of the patriarch of a cock-fighting clan who‌, with a face seemingly carved in teak and leather, watches helplessly the disintegration of his power and authority.

Regional Awards

The award is given to best film in the regional languages in India.[1][2][5]

Name of Award Name of Film Awardee(s) Cash Prize
Best Feature Film in Assamese Jetuka Pator Dore Producer: Md. Noorul Sultan
Director: Jadumoni Dutta
1,00,000/- Each
Citation: For a heart-warming portrayal of the rural landscape with an emphasis on the need for self-reliance in the process of development.
Best Feature Film in Bengali Ami Aadu Producer: New Theatres Pvt. Ltd
Director: Sonmath Gupta
1,00,000/- Each
Citation: For the subtle portrayal of an endearing love story in the time of cultural conflicts. It is a sincere attempt to present the personal tragedy of the emigrant commoner caught in the crossfire of international wars.
Best Feature Film in Hindi Do Dooni Chaar Producer: Arindam Chaudhuri
Director: Habib Faisal
1,00,000/- Each
Citation: For an entertaining narrative that brings to the fore the struggle of a school teacher who is torn between maintaining his integrity and the lure of a little more comfort.
Best Feature Film in Kannada Puttakkana Highway Producer: Shylaja Nag and Prakash Raj
Director: B. Suresha
1,00,000/- Each
Citation: For a persuasive articulation of a topical social issue where in the name of development, land is appropriated and people are displaced as a consequence.
Best Feature Film in Malayalam Veettilekkulla Vazhi Producer: B. C. Joshi
Director: Dr. Biju
1,00,000/- Each
Citation: For a spiritually uplifting narrative in which a doctor journeys through unfamiliar landscapes to fulfill his promise to a dying mother and in the process overcomes personal grief to find his salvation as a man of virtue.
Best Feature Film in Marathi Mala Aai Vhhaychy! Producer: Samruddhi Porey
Director: Samruddhi Porey
1,00,000/- Each
Citation: For an emotional presentation of the story of a surrogate mother who is torn between love and sacrifice for the child and the need to sacrifice that bond of his well-being.
Best Feature Film in Tamil Thenmerku Paruvakaatru Producer: Shibu Isaac
Director: Seenu Ramasamy
1,00,000/- Each
Citation: For an emotive articulation of the combative spirit of a mother for whom her son’s happiness is paramount.

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
Best Feature Film in English Memories in March Producer: Shrikant Mohta
Director: Sanjoy Nag
1,00,000/- Each
Citation: For the effective exploration of a bereaved mother’s coming to terms with the fact of her son’s sexual identity.

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 A. K. Bir was appointed to evaluate the non-feature films awards. Following were the jury members:[1]

Golden Lotus Award

Official Name: Swarna Kamal[1][2][5]

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 Germ Hindi Producer: Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute
Director: Snehal R. Nair
1,50,000/- Each
Citation: Through abstract visualisation and endearing black and white tones, the film depicts the human existence, afflicted by cancer, in a very sublime and somber tone. Along with the perception and growth, from child to youth and by the curious collection of thrown passport photographs, the film maker presents the changing perspective of the vision of the modern growing world in a very engaging manner.
Best Non-Feature Film Direction Shyam Raat Seher Hindi Arunima Sharma 1,50,000/-
Citation: For intelligent articulation of a shared urban angst in a powerful cinematic style and well constructed mise-en-scene. The maturity of the director is reflected in the balanced approach to all the elements that blend to create an impression in the viewers mind.

Silver Lotus Award

Official Name: Rajat Kamal[1][2][5]

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 Pistulya Marathi and Telugu Producer: Nagraj Manjule
Director: Nagraj Manjule
75,000/- Each
Citation: For a delightful exposition of the poignant life of a poverty-stricken child, who nurtures a dream of embracing the source of learning through education, with simplicity and fluency. The director portrays the spirit of adventure of the child, through fine performances.
Best Anthropological / Ethnographic Film Songs of Mashangva Tangkhul, Manipuri and English Producer: Oinam Doren
Director: Oinam Doren
50,000/- Each
Citation: For an insightful foray into the complex and layered life of a 'song' and all that it carries within it for a community. It inquires into the shared critical history of a community in the specific context of an overarching missionary presence and how it has affected their lives. The jury appreciates it for the courageous, yet poetic exploration of the subject from the ethnographic perspective.
Best Biographical Film Nilamadhaba English Producer: Films Division
Director: Dilip Patnaik
50,000/- Each
Citation: For an intimate portrayal of the inimitable Sunanda Patnaik, whose life is inseparable from contemporary Indian classical music. The film explores the inner spirit of the artist through evocative moments, pregnant with visual passages.
Best Arts / Cultural Film Leaving Home Hindi Producer: Jaideep Varma
Director: Jaideep Varma
50,000/- Each
Citation: For an emotive and enthralling exposition of the passion and dedication of a group, bound by the spirit of music, who transcend the commercial boundary to embrace their original creative flair. Without compromising, the group led to the adventure with courage and guts. The film maker has journeyed through this adventure with dramatic sensibility and compassion.
Best Scientific Film Heart to Heart Manipuri and English Producer: Rotary Club of Imphal
Director: Bachaspatimayum Sunzu
50,000/- Each
Citation: For a very well constructed reality with an engaging dramatic sensibility, that depicts the grimness of natural health maladies. It guides the viewer through emotions and playful spirit of the child. With the help of medical science, it enlightens the viewer with awareness of Congenital Heart Defect and its promising treatment.
Best Environment / Conservation / Preservation Film Iron is Hot English Producer: Meghnath Bhattacharjee
Director: Biju Toppo and Meghnath Bhattacharjee
50,000/- Each
Citation: For the film which is well documented with a forthright exposition of the grievous impact of pollution due to sponge iron industry on the inhabitants dwelling around that area. With clarity and veracity, the film maker is able to express empathy and concern on the acute prevailing problem over human existence.
Best Promotional Film Ek Ropa Dhan Hindi Producer: Meghnath Bhattacharjee
Director: Biju Toppo and Meghnath Bhattacharjee
50,000/- Each
Citation: For a succinct and well researched film looking closely at an innovation applied effectively in the farming of rice. The film engages successfully with the issue and makes a strong case for the promotion of the practice called "Ek Ropa Dhan".
Best Film on Social Issues Understanding Trafficking Bengali, Hindi and English Producer: Cinemawoman
Director: Ananya Chakraborti
50,000/- Each
Citation: To cross the line of limit, becomes an issue of indifference. Along this line, the documentary projects the serious social issue of human trafficking in a very thought provoking manner through stark and gravitating images. It airs an intriguing atmosphere of concerns through dramatised and realistic imageries.
Best Educational / Motivational / Instructional Film Advaitham Telugu Producer: K. Vijaypal Reddy
Director: Pradeep Maadugula
50,000/- Each
Citation: For the documentary which exposes the human apathy of class difference through casteism in a very evoking and natural style. Through fun-filled situations and distressing moments, the director portrays the anguished and tragic aspects of casteism effecting human value and relationship.
Best Exploration / Adventure Film Boxing Ladies Hindi Producer: Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute
Director: Anusha Nandakumar
50,000/- Each
Citation: For a sensitive portrayal of young aspiring talents in a country where sports as passion/ profession comes up against heavy social odds and family biases. The jury applauds the film for the restrained and elevating treatment of a crucial subject underlining the silent dignity of the characters involved.
Best Investigative Film A Pestering Journey Malayalam, Punjabi, Hindi, English and Tulu Producer: Ranjini Krishnan
Director: K. R. Manoj
50,000/- Each
Citation: For the pet detective in a reverse act, an emotive documentary exposing not only stories of cruel impact of pest control on human health but also arrests out attention to a more fundamental question – who is a pest ?.
Best Short Fiction Film Kal 15 August Dukan Band Rahegi Hindi Producer: Film and Television Institute of India
Director: Prateek Vats
50,000/- Each
Citation: With energy and vigour, the documentary records very interesting images of a group of young students, who are trying to relate, with ideology of freedom and the stifling authoritarian reality. In the process, the life is entangled with intrigues and doubts.
Best Film on Family Welfare Love in India Bengali and English Producer: Overdose
Director: Kaushik Mukherjee
50,000/- Each
Citation: Explores and deconstructs the traditional and orthodox landscapes of love, sexuality and conjugal relationships and the dynamics of emerging sexual politics and value systems in contemporary India with clarity and insight laced with subtle humour.
Best Cinematography Shyam Raat Seher Hindi and English Cameraman: Murali G.
Laboratory Processing: Film Lab
50,000/- Each
Citation: For imaginative yet minimal, a balanced and evocative cinematography creates a character out of a city night atmosphere, setting the space and mood for the living characters in their journey beyond the real, nearing mythical.
Best Audiography A Pestering Journey Malayalam, Punjabi, Hindi, English and Tulu Re-recordist of the Final Mixed Track: Harikumar Madhavan Nair 50,000/-
Citation: Does one hear the cry of the pest? In between the sound of the real and evoking music, the ensuing silence tells us the stories beyond.
Best Editing Germ Hindi Tinni Mitra 50,000/-
Citation: For the abstract visualisation and endearing black &white tones are very effectively punctuated with fine editing, and in the process it maintains a very subtle and flowing rhythm and pace to carry forward the cinematic work.
Best Narration / Voice Over Johar : Welcome to Our World Hindi and English Nilanjan Bhattacharya 50,000/- Each
Citation: For a seamless powerful narrative about the symbiotic intricate relationship, the tribals of Jharkhand have with their forests and their struggle for existence against mindless aggressive development and flawed conservation policies, told with empathy and sincerity.
Special Mention Ottayal (One Woman Alone) Malayalam Shiny Jacob Benjamin (Director) Certificate Only
Citation: For a heart warming portrayal of the woman Daya Bai, who trades along a challenging path in quest of truth. The director, delves into the spirit of the woman to understand the theology of liberation, with sincerity and intelligence.
The Zeliangrongs Manipuri and English Ronel Haobam (Director)
Citation: For a well researched endeavour to reflect a composite group of ethnic communities of common origin and socio-cultural back-ground, which highlights the rich cultural heritage and the tribes’ traditional way of life, which is on the brink of extinction.
Pistulya Marathi and Telugu Suraj Pawar (Child actor)
Citation: For displaying, under distressing situation and harsh reality, Pistulya, the child protagonist, the authenticity with vibrant and emotive expression.

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 Ashok Vajpeyi was appointed to evaluate the writing on Indian cinema. Following were the jury members:[1]

Golden Lotus Award

Official Name: Swarna Kamal[1][2][5]

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 From Rajahs and Yogis to Gandhi and Beyond: Images of India in International Films of the Twentieth Century English Author: Vijaya Mulay
Publisher: Seagull Books
75,000/- Each
Citation: Here is a work of rigorous film scholarship which took the author to many lands and consumed many years of her life. Written in a clear lucid style, the book evokes a panoramic view of India that perhaps was through the eyes of several filmmakers of foreign origin. What adds an extra dimension to the book is the author’s narration of her own life in films even as she is engaged in telling the larger events on and off screen.
Best Film Critic English Joshy Joseph 37,500/- Each
Citation: Joshy Joseph, essentially a filmmaker, proves to be an important critic as well, as he goes about writing on the most serious aspects of medium with wry humour and a lightness of touch that is difficult not to notice. His commitment to the documentary in particular sets him apart from many of those writing on cinema in this country.
Kannada and English N. Manu Chakravarthy
Citation: Professor Chakravarthy’s writings on film and related arts are replete with profound insights into the human condition as well as the need for serious discourse on socio-cultural matters. His writings reveal the authority with which he can discuss the cinemas of the world, particularly his own Kannada cinema.

Special Mention

All the award winners are awarded with Certificate of Merit.[1][2][5]

Name of Award Name of Book Language Awardee(s) Cash Prize
Special Mention (Book on Cinema) Cinema Bhojpuri English Author: Avijit Ghosh
Publisher: Penguin Books India Pvt. Ltd.
Certificate Only
Citation: Often dismissed as a poor cousin of mainstream Hindi cinema, Bhojpuri cinema, however has many interesting cultural strains that Avijit Ghosh has laid bare. Any one conversant with life in North Bihar and East Uttar Pradesh, or in many lands far beyond, would recognise the importance of this 'subaltern' effort.
Thiraicheelai Tamil Author: Oviyar Jeeva
Publisher: Trisakti Sundar Raman
Citation: For a sincere attempt to analyse important developments in Tamil films. It also provides an insight into the classics of world cinema, highlighting their aesthetic values.

Awards not given

Following were the awards not given as no film was found to be suitable for the award:[1][2][5]

Award Ceremony

National Film Award medal
National Film Award medal

58th National Film Award ceremony was held on Friday, 9 September 2011 at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi; which is a premier Convention centre of Government of India. Awards were conferred by President of India, Pratibha Patil and ceremony was hosted by actors Mahi Gill and Rajat Kapoor.[11][12][13]

With 58th National Film Awards, award certificate and medal went through a makeover. Award certificate layout as well as design was changed to include gold embossed "Ashok Stambh" (Emblem of India) on the A3 size certificate. Swarna Kamal (Golden Lotus) and Rajat Kamal (Silver Lotus) were also redesigned which included the display box for the medals as well.

Ceremony had performances by two of the winners; Suresh Wadkar and Rekha Bhardwaj, who won the award for Best Male Playback Singer and Best Female Playback Singer, respectively. Both sang their respective award-winning songs, "Hey Bhaskara Kshitijavari Ya" from a Marathi film, Mee Sindhutai Sapkal and "Badi Dheere Jali" from a Hindi film, Ishqiya.


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