Announced a year late, the 53rd National Film Awards 2005 brought a rich haul of awards for Public Service Broadcasting Trust (PSBT). Four films produced by PSBT have won Rajat Kamals. Meanwhile, the Godhra carnage was in focus again when two films made on it – ‘Final Solutions’ and ‘Parzania’ – bagged awards. The awards are presented by the President of India.
‘The Whistle Blowers’ directed by Umesh Aggarwal won the award for Best Investigative Film. The film highlights hazards to health and pollution norms. Sayed Fayaz’s ‘Way to Dusty Death’ won the award for Best Film on Social Issues. The film highlights the plight of workers.
Farida Pacha’s ‘Seed Keepers’ bagged the award for Best Agriculture Film. The film is a simple and honest portrayal of the lives of women farmers in Andhra Pradesh, and their need for addressing pertinent issues through self-empowerment using media and technology. Director Ajay Raina won the award for Best Narration/Voice Over for his film ‘Wapsi’.
Each of the films won a Rajat Kamal as also a cash prize of Rs 10,000. The films were produced by Rajiv Mehrotra, Managing Trustee, PSBT. According to Mehrotra, “PSBT aims to democratise electronic media and help independent filmmakers get a foothold by providing them with a window for their creative outputs.”
Rakesh Sharma’s internationally-acclaimed documentary ‘Final Solutions’ won a Special Jury award. ‘Final Solutions’, which has bagged over 20 international awards, was banned by the Central Board of Film Certification during the UPA government’s regime, and was not allowed to be screened at the Mumbai International Film Festival.
The film graphically documents the changing face of right-wing politics in India through a study of the 2002 genocide of Muslims in Gujarat.