Prabuddha Banerjee won the National Award for Best Music Direction (Background Score)

MCAI - 23 Mar 2021

Kolkata: Srijit Mukherji’s film, ‘Gumnaami’, based on the book, ‘Conundrum’, on Netaji’s disappearance mystery, bagged two naonal
awards in the feature film category of the 67th Naonal Film Awards this year, when the naon is celebrang Subhas Chandra Bose’s 125th
birth anniversary.
Srijit pointed out that ‘Gumnaami’, which had been adjudged the Best Bengali Film, raised “thorny quesons” and “pushed for awareness
of an issue that had been a lot talked about in a unidimensional way for a long me”. “This award was supposed to be announced last year
but got delayed due to Covid-19. ‘Gumnaami’ has transcended the cinema screen and turned the issue of our naonal hero into public
discussion to become a part of the social, polical and historical consciousness. It made us queson whether we have honoured the man’s
legacy beyond having a Netaji Research Bureau that comes up with facts and books, which we know,” he said.
While ‘Gumnaami’ and Kaushik Ganguly’s ‘Jyeshthoputro’ —both starring Prosenjit Chaerjee—won two screenplay awards in the feature
film category, Prabuddha Banerjee’s background score for ‘Jyeshthoputro’ received naonal recognion. According to Prabuddha,
background score is as “important and painstaking” as a film’s eding, sound design and art design in the post-producon stage. “All
reputed music directors in the world are known for their background score. Most of them barely got the opportunity to composing songs
in a movie. This shows the importance of background score. I have been fighng for the importance of background music in our cinema.
The award will encourage me to keep the fight on,” he said.
Awards in the non-feature film category also have a strong Bengal connect. Sudhanshu Saria won the Best Direcon award for his 38-
minute English/Bengali short film, ‘Knock Knock Knock’, starring Shanlal Mukherjee. While Shantanu Sen’s ‘Water Burial’ won the Best
Film on Environment Conservaon/Preservaon, Farah Khatoon’s ‘Holy Rights’ on triple talaq shared the award for Best Film on Social
Issues. “This award inspires me to choose bold subjects in future,” Farah said. Satyajit Ray Film and Television Instute’s producon, ‘Oru
Paathiraa Swapnam Pole’, won the Best Film on Family Values. Bauddhayan Mukherji won his first Naonal Award for ‘The Shower’,

adjudged the Best Promoonal Film in the non-feature film category. “The award turned sweeter when my septuagenarian mother hugged
me. That meant more than a thousand words,” Bauddhayan said. Arjun Gourisaria has won the award for Best Eding in non-feature
category for ‘Shut Up Sona’. Saptarshi Sarkar was honoured as the Best On-Locaon Sound Recordist for ‘Rahas’.
While Kaushik has been adjudged the Best Screenplay writer (original), Srijit has been recognized for the Best Screenplay writer (adapted).
The screenplay of ‘Jyeshthoputro’ was inially caught in a controversy over credit issues. But the issues were sorted and Ganguly made the
film as his tribute to director Rituparno Ghosh. “I am not thinking about the controversy. I am glad I could do jusce to Rituparno’s idea. I
am dedicang my award to Ritu-da,” Kaushik said. Srijit believed the awards in the screenplay category would give due respect to writers in
the industry. “Screenplay is the spine of the film. For an adapted screenplay, the responsibility increases for the amount of informaon
that is there in the original text,” he said.

67th National Film Award: Here's complete list of winners
Sushant Singh Rajput starrer 'Chhichhore' won the best movie award while Kangana Ranaut
and Manoj Bajpayee took home the best actress and best actor award.
A total of 461 feature films, 220 non-feature films, 25 books on cinema, 12 film critics, and
13 film-friendly states competed for the awards this year.
Here is the complete list of winners:
Most film-friendly state: Sikkim
Best Book on Cinema: A Gandhian Affair: India's Curious Portrayal of Love in Cinema, by
Sanjay Suri
(Special mentions: Cinema Paharana Manus by Ashok Rane and Kannada Cinema: Jagathika
Cinema Vikasa-Prerane Prabhava written by PR Ramadasa Naidu)
Best Film Critic: Sohini Chattopadhyay
Feature Film Awards
Best Feature Film: Marakkar: Lion of the Arabian Sea (Malayalam)
Best Actor (shared): Manoj Bajpayee for Bhonsle (Hindi), and Dhanush for Asuran (Tamil)
Best Actress: Kangana Ranaut for Panga (Hindi) and Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi
Best Supporting Actress: Pallavi Joshi for The Tashkent Files (Hindi)
Best Supporting Actor: Vijay Sethupathi for Super Deluxe (Tamil)
Best Director: Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan for Bahattar Hoorain (Hindi)
Best Debut Film of a Director: Mathukutty Xavier for Helen (Malayalam)
Best Child Artist: Naga Vishal for KD (Tamil)
Best Action Direction: Avane Srimannarayana (Kannada), Vikram Mor
Best Choreography: Maharishi (Telugu), Raju Sundaram
Best Special Effects: Marakkar: Lion of the Arabian Sea (Malayalam), Siddharth Priyadarshan
Special Jury Award: Oththa Seruppu Size 7 (Tamil), Radhakrishnan Parthiban
Best Lyrics: Prabha Varma for Kolaambi (Malayalam)
Best Music Direction: D. Imman for Viswasam (Tamil)
Best Background Music: Prabuddha Banerjee for Jyeshthoputro (Bengali)
Best Make-up Artist: Ranjith for Helen (Malayalam)
Best Costumes: Sujith Sudhakaran and V. Sai for Marakkar: Lion of the Arabian Sea

Best Production Design: Anandi Gopal (Marathi), Sunil Nigwekar and Nilesh Wagh
Best Audiography (Location Sound Recordist): Iewduh (Khasi), Debajit Gayan
Best Audiography (Re-recordist of the final mixed track): Oththa Seruppu Size 7 (Tamil),
Resul Pookutty
Best Screenplay (Original): Jyeshthoputro (Bengali), Kaushik Ganguly
Best Screenplay (Adapted): Gumnaami (Bengali), Srijit Mukherji
Best Screenplay (Dialogue Writer): The Tashkent Files (Hindi), Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri
Best Cinematography: Jallikattu (Malayalam), Gireesh Gangadharan
Best Editing: Jersey (Telugu), Navin Nooli
Best Children's Film: Kastoori (Hindi)
Best Film on Environment Conservation: Water Burial (Monpa)
Best Film on Social Issues: Anandi Gopal (Marathi)
Best Film on National Integration: Tajmahal (Marathi)
Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment: Maharishi (Telugu)
Best Female Playback Singer: Savani Ravindra for Bardo (Marathi)
Best Male Playback Singer: B Praak for Kesari (Hindi)

Best Hindi Film: Chhichhore
Best Telugu Film: Jersey
Best Malayalam Film: Kalla Nottam
Best Tamil Film: Asuran
Best Paniya Film: Kenjira
Best Mishing Film: Anu Ruwad
Best Khasi Film: Iewduh
Best Chattisgarhi Film: Bhulan the Maze
Best Haryanvi Film: Chhoriyan Chhoron Se Kam Nahi Hoti
Best Tulu Film: Pingara
Best Punjabi Film: Rab Da Radio 2
Best Odia Film: Kalira Atita and Sala Budhar Badla (shared)
Best Manipuri Film: Eigi Kona
Best Marathi Film: Bardo
Best Konkani Film: Kaajro
Best Kannada Film: Akshi
Best Bengali Film: Gumnaami
Best Assamese Film: Ronuwa - Who Never Surrender
Special Mentions: Biriyani (Malayalam), Jonaki Porta (Assamese), Lata Bhagwan Kare
(Marathi) and Picasso (Marathi)
Non-Feature Film Awards:
Best Voice-over/ Narration: Sir David Attenborough for Wild Karnataka (English)
Best Music Direction: Bishakhjyoti for Kranti Darshi Guruji - Ahead of Times (Hindi)
Best Editing: Arjun Gourisaria for Shut Up Sona (Hindi/ English)
Best Audiography: Radha (Musical), Allwin Rego and Sanjay Maurya
Best On-Location Sound Recordist: Rahas (Hindi), Saptarshi Sarkar
Best Cinematography: Savita Singh for Sonsi (Hindi)
Best Direction: Sudhanshu Saria for Knock Knock Knock (English/ Bengali)
Best Film on Family Values: Oru Paathira Swapnam Pole (Malayalam)
Best Short Fiction Film: Custody (Hindi/ English)

Special Jury Award: Small Scale Societies (English)
Best Animation Film: Radha (Musical)
Best Investigative Film: Jakkal (Marathi)
Best Exploration Film: Wild Karnataka (English)
Best Educational Film: Apples and Oranges (English)
Best Film on Social Issues: Holy Rights (Hindi) and Ladli (Hindi)
Best Environment Film: The Stork Saviours (Hindi)
Best Promotional Film: The Shower (Hindi)
Best Arts and Culture Film: Shrikshetra-Ru-Sahijata (Odia)
Best Biographical Film: Elephants Do Remember (English)
Best Ethnographic Film: Charan-Atva The Essence of Being a Nomad (Gujarati)
Best Debut Non-Feature Film of a Director: Raj Pritam More for Khisa (Marathi)
Best Non-Feature Film: An Engineered Dream (Hindi)
The National Awards is the most prominent film award ceremony in India. Established in
1954, it has been administered, along with the International Film Festival of India and the
Indian Panorama by the Indian government's Directorate of Film Festivals since 1973.




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