|National Film Award for Best Film on Social Issues|
|National award for contributions to short film|
|Sponsored by||Directorate of Film Festivals|
|Formerly called||Best Film on Social Documentation (1967–1985)|
|Most recent winner|
|First winner||I am 20|
The National Film Award for Best Film on Social Issues is one of the National Film Awards presented annually by the Directorate of Film Festivals, the organisation set up by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, India. It is one of several awards presented for non-feature films and awarded with Rajat Kamal (Silver Lotus).
The award was instituted in 1967, at 15th National Film Awards and awarded annually for the short films produced in the year across the country, in all Indian languages.
Award includes 'Rajat Kamal' (Silver Lotus) and cash prize. Following are the award winners over the years:
|Indicates a joint award for that year|
|List of films, showing the year, language(s), producer(s), director(s) and citation|
|I am 20||English||J. S. Bhownagary and K. L. Khandpur for Films Division||S. N. S. Sastry||–|||
|Water||English||Fali Billmoria Productions||Fali Billmoria||–|||
|Latest||English||Film-O-Pub||Biplab Ray Chaudhari||–|||
|Transcedence||English||Pramod Patil for Films Division||K. Vishwanath for Films Division||–|||
|Land of Krishna||English||G. L. Bhardwaj||G. L. Bhardwaj||–|||
|Behind the Breadline||English||S. Sukhdev||S. Sukhdev||–|||
|Baster Rhythm of Progress||English||Chandrashekhar Nair||Chandrashekhar Nair||–|||
|Inner Instincts||English||Ministry of Welfare (India)||P. Vijay Kumar||
For its sensitive and probing treatment of a vital social issue.
|Sankalp||Hindi||Madhya Pradesh Film Development Corporation Ltd.||Rajendra Janglay||
For rendering in a poetic, at the same time, sociological manner, the ordinary theme of the construction of a dam, its allied good and its consequences that would be the harbinger of progress.
|Voices from Baliapal||English||Vector Productions|| • Vasudha Joshi
• Ranjan Palit
For the meticulousness of its investigation and the clarity and conviction with which it carries the story of the non-violent resistance of the people of Baliapal against the establishing of a missile testing range of their rich and fertile lands.
|The Limp in the Niche||English||Girish Karnad||Girish Karnad||
For being illuminating exposition of a very humane philosophy, preaching universal brotherhood, harmony and equality of all living beings.
|Safe Drinking Water for All||English||R. Krishna Mohan for Films Division||Mahesh P. Sinha||
For effectively portraying the fundamental problem of drinking water and the steps being taken to solve the problem, without descending to propaganda.
|Eyes of Stone|| • Hindi
|Nilita Vachani||Nilita Vachani||
For portraying with sympathy and understanding the plight of the so-called possessed women.
|Choodiyan||Hindi||Sai Paranjpye for Films Division||Sai Paranjpye||
For portraying the courage of women in fighting alcoholism among the menfolk of the community.
|The Women Betrayed||English|| • Sehjo Singh
• Anwar Jamal
For the critical presentation of the phenomenon of witches and witch-hunting, provoked by forces within and outside, which is symbolic of the exploitation of a tribal community.
|Father, Son and Holy War (Part I: Trial by Fire, Part II: Hero Pharmacy)|| • Hindi
|Anand Patwardhan||Anand Patwardhan||
For its conviction, courage and relentless observation, tempered by a sharp sense of irony.
|Memories of Fear|| • Hindi
| • Flavia Agnes
• Majlis Production
For exposing with insight the fear psychosis and humiliation of women in the patriarchal Indian society.
|Silent Screams: A Village Chronicle||English||Jose Sebastián||O. K. Johnny||
For highlighting with sensitivity and sincerity, the agony of the tribal woman of Thrinelli, Kerala.
|Matir Bhanr||Bengali||Anjana Ghosh Dastidar||Debananda Sengupta||
For an authentic portrayal of the struggle for identity empowerment by the underpriveleged girl child.
|Malli||Tamil||Film and TV Institute of Tamil Nadu||R. Madhava Krisshnan||
For its original reflection on the subject of sex-workers.
|Atanka Ka Andhakar
(Darkness of Terror)
|Hindi||Films Division||Rajiv Kumar||
For its documentation of the social issue of caste politics and the ensuing ruthless violence in Bihar.
|Infiltrators||English||Urmi Chakraborty for Films Division||Urmi Chakraborty for Films Division||
For its in-depth probe that unveils the illegal migration of Bangladeshis into India and the urgent need to address this issue on humanitarian grounds.
|A New Paradigm||English||Aruna Raje Patil||Aruna Raje Patil||
For dealing with the lives of the mentally challenged, the trauma of their relatives and the endless effort of the teachers to bring hope to this segment of the society.
|Avchetan||Hindi|| • Prem Matiyani for Films Division
• Ministry of Social Empowerment
For its sensitive and direct portrayal of the predicaments and crisis of homosexuality both for the individual and his family. The short film powerfully covers a large canvas bringing together a team of outstanding new talent from the FTII led by Manisha Diwedi.
|Way Back Home||Bengali||Rajasri Mukhopadhyay||Supriyo Sen||
For its recounting of a remarkable journey to a homeland lost for ever, as a result of partition. A family driven out of East Pakistan during partition, undertakes a journey back after fifty years to their "homeland". The journey eventually turns into a story of painful memories, lost relationships and the madness of partition- all achieved through a touching personal narrative.
|Dwijaa||Marathi||Tripurari Sharan for FTII||Pankaj Purandare||
For presenting the distress of a child widow and her graduation over reality with subtle and sensitive cinematic treatment.
|Way To Dusty Death|| • Hindi
|Rajiv Mehrotra||Sayed Fayaz||
For a Film on a little known subject that stirs the conscience and emotionally involves the viewers in the lives of the workers.
|Children of Nomads||Hindi||Leoarts Communication||Meenakshi Vinay Rai||
For gently drawing attention to the deprivation experienced by the children of nomads and for creating sensitive interaction between an urban child and a group of nomadic rural children.
|Bagher Bacha||Bengali||Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute||Bishnu Dev Halder||
For its spontaneous and multilayered depiction of the life of a child living in a railway station. He is shown on the borderline between a struggle for survival and a life of crime.
|Shifting Prophecy||English||Public Service Broadcasting Trust||Merajur Rahman Baruah|
For handling the discrimination that Muslim women face in Tamil Nadu from some of the conservative clergy. The film successfully brings out the story of a woman activist who has galvanised the socially depressed women into fighting this gender discrimination.
|The Female Nude||Hindi||Public Service Broadcasting Trust|| • Hemjyotika
• Devi Prasad Mishra
For a compelling portrait of a woman who rises above her circumstances in an unconventional way, carving out a position for herself irrespective of how others view her.
|Buru Gaara||Hindi||Public Service Broadcasting Trust||Shriprakash|
For the journey of two adivasi women from Jharkhand, finding their identity and dignity using language – one through poetry and the other through grassroots journalism. The film creates a space where the narratives of the women emerge as powerful tales of their struggle for empowerment.
|Mr. India||Manipuri||Haobam Paban Kumar||Haobam Paban Kumar||
For bringing alive a motivational and touching story of indomitable human spirit and resilience. The struggle of an HIV patient who overcame all odds and barriers to win Mr. India title.
|Understanding Trafficking|| • Bengali
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.
|Mindscapes... of Love and Longing|| • Hindi
|Public Service Broadcasting Trust||Arun Chadha||
For compassionately revealing the differently enabled and their needs for intimacy, sexuality and identity.
|Inshallah, Football|| • Kashmiri
|Javed Jaffrey||Ashvin Kumar|
For sensitively highlighting the frustrations of a young Kashmiri footballer in his efforts to acquire a passport against the backdrop of socio political turmoil in the region.
|Behind The Mist||Malayalam||Babu Kambrath||Babu Kambrath||
For its depiction of a land and people whose vital connections were lost. A film that gives dignity to its subject and portrays the plight of the migrant against the backdrop of an immensely beautiful land.
|Gulabi Gang|| • Hindi
|Torstein Grude||Nishtha Jain||
For its powerful depiction of a crusader for the subaltern that takes us deeper into the continuing struggles of the rural Indian woman set in a milieu of chauvinistic scepticism.
|Can't Take This Shit Anymore||English||Bhagirathi Films||Vinod Kapri||
For incisively highlighting the acute desperation of rural women and the problems they face from the lack of basic and essential facilities for sanitation.
|Daughters of Mother India||English||V2 Film & Design Pvt. Ltd||Vibha Bakshi|
For explicitly and determinedly turning the spotlight on the burning issue of rape in the country and the brutal mentality that drives it.
|Auto Driver||Manipuri|| • Oinam Doren
• Longjam Meenadevi
For kick-starting a courageous drive.
|I am Jeeja||English||Rajiv Mehrotra||Swaty Chakraborty||
Jeeja's will and zest for life, despite her personal struggles, makes this simply told story a beautiful ode to life.
|Sanath||Hindi||Priya Arun||Vasanth S. Sai|
An inspiring story of a victim of medical negligence who becomes invalid for life. Uneducated and facing economic difficulties, he opens educational institutions where thousands can learn and become successful in life.
|I am Bonnie||Films Division of India||Farha Khatun, Satarupa Santra, Sourabh Kanti Dutta||
The pitiful plight of a football champion struggling with his family and society for a respectable life and career.
|Veil Done||Juhi Bhatt||Rajiv Mehrotra|
An intimate depiction of women for whom merely stepping outside their homes is a courageous and empowering act.
|Taala Te Kunjee||Punjabi||Simardeep Singh||Shilpi Gulati||
|Holy Rights||Urdu||Priyanka Pradeep More||Farha Khatun||
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