67th National Film Award of 2019

The 67th National Film Awards for the year 2019, a prestigious recognition of excellence in Indian cinema, marked another remarkable year of cinematic accomplishments. The awards celebrated the contributions of various film personalities across a multitude of categories, highlighting exceptional talents and achievements in the Indian film industry. From Dadasaheb Phalke Award to various feature film categories and non-feature film sections, the awards encompassed a wide spectrum of cinematic endeavors.

About the Awards

The National Film Awards, established in 1954, serve as a platform to honor outstanding contributions to Indian cinema. Recognizing excellence in various aspects of filmmaking, these awards are a testament to the dedication, creativity, and hard work of the individuals and teams behind the scenes and on the screen. The awards are categorized into different sections, including feature films, non-feature films, and best writing on cinema.

Award Categories and Winners

Here’s a glimpse of some of the notable award categories and their winners:

Dadasaheb Phalke Award

The Dadasaheb Phalke Award, introduced in 1969, is the highest honor bestowed upon individuals who have made significant contributions to the development and promotion of Indian cinema. The recipient of this award was the iconic actor Rajinikanth. He was recognized for his exceptional acting prowess and his profound impact on the film industry. The award included the prestigious Swarna Kamal, a cash prize of ₹1 million (US$13,000), and a shawl.

Best Film Friendly State

The award for the Best Film Friendly State aims to encourage states in India to facilitate the growth and promotion of cinema through their policies. In the 67th National Film Awards, the state of Sikkim was recognized as the Best Film Friendly State for its continuous efforts in supporting the film industry.

Golden Lotus Awards

The Golden Lotus Awards, also known as Swarna Kamal, were presented to winners across various categories in recognition of their exceptional contributions to filmmaking. These awards included a certificate and a cash prize. Notable winners in this category included:

  • Best Feature Film: Marakkar: Lion of the Arabian Sea, directed by Priyadarshan and produced by Antony Perumbavoor, in the Malayalam language.
  • Best Direction: Bahattar Hoorain (72 Hoorain), directed by Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan, in the Hindi language.
  • Best Debut Film of a Director: Helen, directed by Mathukutty Xavier, in the Malayalam language.

And many more across various technical and creative domains.

Silver Lotus Awards

The Silver Lotus Awards, or Rajat Kamal, were presented to winners in various categories, acknowledging their outstanding achievements in Indian cinema. Some of the recipients in this category included:

  • Best Actor: Manoj Bajpayee for Bhonsle in Hindi, and Dhanush for Asuran in Tamil.
  • Best Actress: Kangana Ranaut for Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi and Panga in Hindi.
  • Best Supporting Actor: Vijay Sethupathi for Super Deluxe in Tamil.
  • Best Supporting Actress: Pallavi Joshi for The Tashkent Files in Hindi.
  • And numerous other winners in different categories.

Non-Feature Films

The awards also recognized outstanding achievements in non-feature films, which encompass documentaries, newsreels, and short films in various Indian languages. Noteworthy winners in this category included:

  • Best Non-Feature Film: An Engineered Dream, directed by Hemant Gaba, in Hindi.
  • Best Director in Non-Feature Film: Knock Knock Knock, directed by Sudhanshu Saria, in English and Bengali.

Special Jury Awards and More

The 67th National Film Awards also celebrated the contributions of individuals who made exceptional contributions to cinema. The Special Jury Award was conferred upon R. Parthiban for his work in Oththa Seruppu Size 7, a Tamil film. Furthermore, special mentions were given to talents in various regional languages, adding to the diverse and dynamic landscape of Indian cinema.

List of Winners – Feature Film Categories

Here’s a comprehensive list of winners in various feature film categories:

CategoryFilmLanguageAwardee(s)Cash Prize
Best Feature FilmMarakkar: Lion of the Arabian SeaMalayalamAntony Perumbavoor (Producer), Priyadarshan (Director)₹250,000 each
Best DirectionBahattar Hoorain (72 Hoorain)HindiSanjay Puran Singh Chauhan₹250,000 each
Best Debut Film of a DirectorHelenMalayalamVineeth Sreenivasan (Producer), Mathukutty Xavier (Director)₹125,000 each
Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome EntertainmentMaharshiTeluguSri Venkateswara Creations, Vyjayanthi Movies, PVP Cinema (Producers), Vamshi Paidipally (Director)₹200,000 each
Best Children’s FilmKastooriHindiInsight Films (Producer), Vinod Uttreshwar Kamble (Director)₹150,000 each


Q1: What is the Dadasaheb Phalke Award? The Dadasaheb Phalke Award is the highest recognition in Indian cinema, presented to individuals who have significantly contributed to the development and promotion of the industry.

Q2: Who received the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in the 67th National Film Awards? In the 67th National Film Awards, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award was conferred upon the renowned actor Rajinikanth for his exceptional contributions to Indian cinema.

Q3: What were some of the major categories in the awards? The awards included categories such as Best Film, Best Direction, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and various technical categories like Best Music Direction, Best Cinematography, and more.

Q4: Which film won the Best Feature Film award? The film “Marakkar: Lion of the Arabian Sea” won the Best Feature Film award at the 67th National Film Awards.

Q5: Are there awards for regional languages as well? Yes, the National Film Awards also include categories for the best films in regional languages, categorized as per their mention in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution of India.

Other Awards


The 67th National Film Awards celebrated the remarkable achievements and contributions of Indian cinema’s finest talents. From compelling storytelling to technical brilliance, the winners across various categories exemplified the diversity and excellence of Indian filmmaking. As these awards continue to recognize the efforts of filmmakers, actors, and technicians, they also inspire the entire film industry to strive for higher standards of creativity and innovation.


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