63rd National Film Awards presented by the President of India at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi on 3rd May, 2016.

The Hon’ble President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee conferred the National film awards for the year 2015 in various categories at the 63rd National Film Awards Function held at Vigyan Bhawan. Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs, and Information & Broadcasting, Shri Arun Jaitley and MoS I&B Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore were also present on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion the President said that the Indian Films truly reflected the Indian character of Unity and Diversity. He complimented the composition of Award winners in the National Film Awards which included new comers as well as legends of Indian cinema. He said that the National Film Awards this year reflected all aspects of cinema including digitization and technology.

The President further added that with a growing world audience who were attracted towards Indian films and an increasing presence of Indian films at different parts of the world, the overseas market possessed a great potential for the Indian film industry. It was heartening to note that the revenue from overseas theatricals witnessed an increase of 11.5 percent from Rs. 8.6 billion in 2014 to Rs. 9.6 billion in 2015. The President also spoke of the importance of films in context of variety and diversity of India and the important role it played in unifying the Nation.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs and Information & Broadcasting, Shri Arun Jaitley, said that the National Film Awards were truly national as they were selected by the most distinguished jury which objectively and dispassionately selected the very best from hundreds of entries in different categories. He said that the National Film Awards was a great platform to honour best talent in the country. Shri Jaitley further stated that it was a privilege to see the best of Indian Cinema, which reflected India’s diversity, culture and also educated and entertained the masses. He said that golden era of Indian Cinema was yet to come.

Earlier, in his welcome address, Shri Ajay Mittal, Secretary, I&B said that over the years National Film Awards had been associated with the best of Indian Cinema. He further added that Government was committed to nurture and promote films as both art and industry in the nation. He also appreciated the hard work and efforts put up by the Jury members of the Feature Film, Non-Feature Film and Best Writing on Cinema category.


 
 
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