Best India's "National Film Award" Winning Best Picture (1989-Present)by Dibyayan_Chakravorty | created - 13 Apr 2018 | updated - 21 Jan 2020 | Public
The National Film Awards is the most prominent film award ceremonies 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.
Which of these past winners of India's National Film Award for Best Picture is the best in your opinion?
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(1953-88) << Best India's "National Film Award" Winning Best Picture
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1. Bagh Bahadur (1989)
91 min | Drama
Bagh Bahadur is a 1989 Bengali drama film directed and written by Buddhadev Dasgupta. The film is about a man who paints himself as a tiger and dances in a village in Bengal. The movie ... See full summary »
2. The Other Side (1990)
80 min | Drama
An estranged son visits his ailing father and tries to figure out the reason behind the latter's silent remorse. When he learns about his father's past, he makes a decision that may help his father.
3. The Stranger (1991)
Not Rated | 97 min | Drama
A well-off family is paid an unexpected, and rather unwanted, visit by a man claiming to be the woman's long-lost uncle. The initial suspicion with which they greet the man slowly dissolves... See full summary »
6. Unishe April (1994)
Not Rated | 138 min | Drama
Potrays a sentimental mother daughter relation. How a female dancer sets her priority and became famous but loses her relationship with her daughter on the way .
7. Kathapurushan (1996)
107 min | Biography, Drama
Against the history of Kerala, we see a young man grow up without a father, relate to the working class people employed in his feudal household, become an intellectual, land in prison, and find a cure for the stuttering that afflicts him.
8. Red Door (1997)
95 min | Drama, Mystery
Dr. Nabin Datta is a prominent dentist in Calcutta, 47, disengaged, with little affect, and fearful that his hands and feet are turning to metal. His wife leaves him to live alone. His son,... See full summary »
11. Vanaprastham (1999)
119 min | Drama
An illicit relationship between a Kathakali dancer and a young woman from an upper caste family results in an illegitimate child. He faces hardships when she refuses to let him see their child.
13. Dweepa (2002)
Not Rated | 132 min | Drama
Nagi is the pillar of her small family that includes her husband and her rigid father-in-law. Faced with the possibility of losing her home due to the construction of a dam, Nagi proves her strength.
14. A Tale of a Naughty Girl (2002)
90 min | Drama
Based on a short story by Bengali writer Prafulla Roy, the central idea developed by director Dasgupta, tells the story of a girl, Lati, whose mother Rajani is a prostitute living and ... See full summary »
15. Shwaas (2004)
107 min | Drama
This story is about how an old man tried to show his grandson the preciousness and beauty of life in a no win situation such as cancer. It is about keeping a positive attitude towards life.
Votes: 1,474 | Gross: $0.00M
19. Kanchivaram (2008)
117 min | Drama
A poor silk weaver promises his wife to dress their newborn daughter in a silk saree for her marriage. Facing systemic oppression and the vicissitudes of his fortune, he struggles to keep his word.
21. Kutty Srank: The Sailor of Hearts (2009)
127 min | Drama
Kutty Srank is a short-tempered, lonely, but law-abiding boatman whose work leads him to travel the back waters of Kerala. One day, when the local police station discovers an unidentified ... See full summary »
23. Deool (2011)
Not Rated | 135 min | Drama
Keshya, a simple villager believes that god has arrived in his village but everyone disbelieves him. Later when the politics plays its part things take a drastic change.
24. Byari (2011)
100 min | Drama
One of the best films, Best direction & acting by artists. Focusing on how some traditional rituals (by following blindly) impacts on human life ( especially on women) and their emotions. ... See full summary »
25. Paan Singh Tomar (2012)
Not Rated | 135 min | Action, Biography, Crime
The story of Paan Singh Tomar, an Indian athlete and seven-time national steeplechase champion who becomes one of the most feared dacoits in Chambal Valley after his retirement.
Votes: 34,220 | Gross: $0.04M
26. Ship of Theseus (2012)
Not Rated | 140 min | Drama
The film explores questions of identity, justice, beauty, meaning and death through an experimental photographer, an ailing monk and a young stockbroker.
27. Court (2014)
116 min | Drama
When an aging activist is arrested, the lives of the accused, the lawyers, and the judge intertwine to reveal bigotry that underscores the judicial system.
28. Baahubali: The Beginning (2015)
Not Rated | 159 min | Action, Drama
In ancient India, an adventurous and daring man becomes involved in a decades-old feud between two warring peoples.
Votes: 106,292 | Gross: $6.74M
29. Kaasav: Turtle (2017)
105 min | Drama, Family
A mother sea-turtle has to return to the waters leaving the eggs for nesting on the shore.... The nests are to be protected so that the newborn turtles can go into the deep waters on their ... See full summary »