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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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 »

Director: Buddhadev Dasgupta | Stars: Pawan Malhotra, M.V. Vasudeva Rao, Archana, Biplab Chattopadhyay

Votes: 73

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.

Director: K.S. Sethumadhavan | Stars: Achamilai Gopi, Jayabharati, Radha, Sivakumar

Votes: 32

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 »

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Utpal Dutt, Dipankar Dey, Mamata Shankar, Bikram Bhattacharya

Votes: 3,445

4. Bhagvad Gita: Song of the Lord (1993)

140 min | Drama

The Gita is set in a narrative framework of a dialogue between Pandava prince Arjuna and his guide and charioteer Lord Krishna.

Director: G.V. Iyer | Stars: Neena Gupta, Surya Mohan Kulshreshtha, Gopi Manohar, G.V. Ragavendra

Votes: 42

5. Charachar (1994)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama

A bird catcher's empathy for the birds interferes with his livelihood.

Director: Buddhadev Dasgupta | Stars: Shankar Chakraborty, Indrani Haldar, Rajit Kapoor, Sadhu Meher

Votes: 81

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 .

Director: Rituparno Ghosh | Stars: Aparna Sen, Debashree Roy, Dipankar Dey, Chitra Sen

Votes: 439

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.

Director: Adoor Gopalakrishnan | Stars: Vishwanathan, Mini Nair, Aranmulla Ponnamma, Urmila Unni

Votes: 102

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 »

Director: Buddhadev Dasgupta | Stars: Champa, Raisul Islam Asad, Sunetra Banerjee, Haradhan Bannerjee

Votes: 63

10. Conflict (1998)

126 min | Drama

India's caste system depicted in film within a film

Director: Shyam Benegal | Stars: Rajeshwari Sachdev, Rajit Kapoor, Ravi Jhankal, Raghuvir Yadav

Votes: 31

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.

Director: Shaji N. Karun | Stars: Mohanlal, Suhasini, Mattanoor Shankara Marar, Kalamandalam Gopi

Votes: 1,644

12. Calmness (2001)

95 min | Drama

In the midst of a raging political strife, a group of individuals learn some life values

Director: Jayaraaj | Stars: Sima Bisvas, Kalamandalam Gopi, Madampu Kunjukuttan, K.P.A.C. Lalitha

Votes: 28

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.

Director: Girish Kasaravalli | Stars: Soundarya, Avinash, M.V. Vasudeva Rao, Harish Raj

Votes: 251

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 »

Director: Buddhadev Dasgupta | Stars: Samata Das, Rituparna Sengupta, Arpan Basar, Tapas Pal

Votes: 247

15. Shwaas (2004)

107 min | Drama

36 Metascore

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.

Director: Sandeep Sawant | Stars: Arun Nalawade, Ashwin Chitale, Sandeep Kulkarni, Amruta Subhash

Votes: 1,474 | Gross: $0.00M

16. Page 3 (2005)

139 min | Drama

A look at Mumbai's socialite party circle world through the eyes of a Page 3 journalist.

Director: Madhur Bhandarkar | Stars: Konkona Sen Sharma, Atul Kulkarni, Sandhya Mridul, Tara Sharma

Votes: 6,716

17. Kalpurush (2005)

120 min | Drama

A man struggles with his memories of his powerful father.

Director: Buddhadev Dasgupta | Stars: Mithun Chakraborty, Rahul Bose, Sameera Reddy, Sudiptaa Chakraborty

Votes: 235

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.

Director: Priyadarshan | Stars: Prakash Raj, Shreya Reddy, Shammu, Sreekumar

Votes: 631

20. Antaheen (2009)

120 min | Drama, Romance

A story about love, waiting, and loneliness.

Director: Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury | Stars: Rahul Bose, Aparna Sen, Radhika Apte, Kalyan Ray

Votes: 1,533

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 »

Director: Shaji N. Karun | Stars: Mammootty, Kamalinee Mukherjee, Meena Kumari Perera, Padmapriya

Votes: 504

22. Abu, Son of Adam (2011)

101 min | Drama

A poor aging couple struggle to fulfill their lifelong dream of going to Mecca for pilgrimage.

Director: Salim Ahmed | Stars: Salim Kumar, M.R. Gopakumar, Jaffer Idukki, Sasi Kalinga

Votes: 1,148

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.

Director: Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni | Stars: Nana Patekar, Dilip Prabhavalkar, Jyoti Subhash, Usha Nadkarni

Votes: 1,482

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 »

Director: K.P. Suveeran | Stars: Aswathi, Altaf Hussain, Majeed, Mallika

Votes: 15

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.

Director: Tigmanshu Dhulia | Stars: Irrfan Khan, Mahie Gill, Rajesh Abhay, Hemendra Dandotiya

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.

Director: Anand Gandhi | Stars: Aydah El-Kashef, Yogesh Shah, Faraz Khan, Hannan Youssef

Votes: 6,936

27. Court (2014)

116 min | Drama

83 Metascore

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.

Director: Chaitanya Tamhane | Stars: Vira Sathidar, Vivek Gomber, Geetanjali Kulkarni, Pradeep Joshi

Votes: 4,358

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.

Director: S.S. Rajamouli | Stars: Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Ramya Krishnan, Sathyaraj

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 »

Directors: Sumitra Bhave, Sunil Sukthankar | Stars: Mohan Agashe, Devika Daftardar, Omkar Ghadi, Iravati Harshe

Votes: 91

30. Village Rockstars (2017)

87 min | Drama

In small-town Assam, the 10-year-old daughter of a widow defies societal norms as she befriends a group of boys and dreams of having her own rock band.

Director: Rima Das | Stars: Bhanita Das, Basanti Das, Boloram Das, Rinku Das

Votes: 851

31. Hellaro (2019)

121 min | Drama

A group of suppressed women from a village in Gujarat find someone in the desert and their lives are changed forever.

Director: Abhishek Shah | Stars: Shraddha Dangar, Jayesh More, Tejal Panchasara, Shailesh Prajapati

Votes: 1,136

Added on January 21, 2020.

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