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|May 9, 1998||
Indrani Haldar, Karisma bag national awards
Kannada film Thai Saheb, directed by Girish Kasaravalli, portraying the struggle of a woman to overcome the traditional constraints imposed on women by society, today bagged the national award for the best feature film of 1997.
Malayalam film-maker Jayaraj won the best director award for Kaliyattam while Suresh Gopi and Balachandra Menon shared the best actor prize for their roles in Kaliyattam and Samantharangal (Malayalam) respectively.
Indrani Haldar and Rituparna Sengupta, who played the lead roles in Dahan (Bengali), shared the best actress award.
Yash Chopra's blockbuster Dil To Pagal Hai won the award for best popular film providing wholesome entertainment with Karisma Kapoor being adjudged the best supporting actress for the same film. Prakash Raj was named the best supporting actor for his role in Mani Ratnam's Tamil film Iruvar.
Santosh Sivan won the award for best cinematography for Iruvar, A Sreekar Prasad won the best editing award for The Terrorist (Tamil) while Sampath bagged the best audiography for Ende Swantham Janakikutty(Malayalam).
Hariharan was adjudged the best male playback singer for his song Mere Dushman, Mere Bhai in Border, and Chitra was adjudged the best female playback singer award for Payalen chun-munin Virasat.
The Indira Gandhi award for best first film of a director went to Bhoothakannadi (Malayalam) by A K Lohitdas and J P Dutta's Border won the Nargis Dutt award for best feature film on national integration.
Rituparno Ghosh, whose film Unishe April won the best feature film award in 1995, got the best screenplay award this time for his adaptation of Suchitra Bhattacharya's novel based on a real-life incident.
Dhanraj won the best child artist award for his portrayal of a disabled boy in Dhanna (Hindi). Ramesh Desai bagged the best art direction award for Thai Saheb, M M Keeravani for best music direction in Annamayya(Telugu), and Javed Akhtar for the lyrics of Border.
Shiamak Davar got the best choreography award for Dil To Pagal Hai and Vaishali Kasaravalli was named the best costume designer for Thai Saheb. Jayamala won a special jury award for her role in Thai Saheb.
Hazaar Chaurasi ki Maa by Govind Nihalani was selected as the best feature film in Hindi. The best feature films in other languages include Mangamma (Malayalam), Terrorist (Tamil), Dahan (Bengali), Moongarina Minchu (Kannada), Shesha Dhrushti (Oriya), Main Maa Punjab di(Punjabi), Sindooram (Telegu).
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