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Amitabh gets best actor award for 'Black' 
New Delhi, Sept. 14  Superstar Amitabh Bachchan received the best actor award for his role in "Black" while noted filmmaker Shyam Benegal bagged the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for his "outstanding contribution" to Indian cinema at a glittering ceremony here today. 

Giving away the National Film Awards 2005 at the Vigyan Bhawan, President Pratibha Patil also conferred the best actress award on Sarika for her portrayal of a crusading mother in "Parzania" and best film award on the Bengali movie "Kaalpurush", which deals with a man's struggle with his father's memories. 

The controversial "Parzania", based on the 2002 sectarian violence in Gujarat, garnered the best direction award for Rahul Dholakia and the best actress award for Sarika for "her rendition of a crusading mother who fights for justice against all adversity in a communally charged environment". 

Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan's performance in "Black" won him the best actor honour for his "dramatic rendition of a reformed alcoholic who struggles to give a physically handicapped child a new life". 

The jury rated "Kaalpurush - Memories In The Mist", directed by Budhadeb Dasgupta, as the best feature film. The award comprises the Swarna Kamal and Rs 50,000 each for the film's producer and director. 

The film, which has the Naxalite movement in West Bengal in the 1970s as its backdrop, was selected by the jury "for a rare lyrical style and a unique cohesion of narrative structure and characters that allows it to flow on different planes". 

Pradeep Sarkar won the Indira Gandhi Award for the best first film by a director for "Parineeta", with the jury praising his "competent directorial style" in recreating a "classical novel with modern cinematic sensibilities". 

"Rang De Basanati", directed by Rakesh Omprakash Mehra, was adjudged the best popular film providing wholesome entertainment. 

The Nargis Dutt Award for the best film on national integration went to the Malayalam movie "Daivanamathil" directed by Jayaraj. 

The award for the best film on social issues went to "Iqbal", directed by Nagesh Kukunoor, for its "inspiring and cinematically energetic portrayal of a hearing impaired (person and) his aspiration to become a champion cricketer". 

The best child artist award went to Sai Kumar for his "haunting performance as a child who realises his burning desire to access school education" in the Telugu film "Bommalata - A Bellyful Of Dreams". 

The award for the best male playback singer went to Naresh Iyer for his "melodious rendering of the lilting song 'Roo Ba Roo' that adds exuberance" to "Rang De Basanti". 

The best female playback singer award went to Shreya Ghoshal for her "evocative rendition of 'Apne Aansoo Peene Ke Liye'" in "Paheli" that "treads the fine balance between the classical and popular genre of Hindi film music". 

The best non-feature film was "Riding Solo To The Top Of The World" (English), directed by Gaurav A Jani. 

"Made in the best tradition of cinema verite, personal, vivid and natural. The film leads the viewer from revelation to revelation, giving us an opportunity to come to love and know the 'Changpas' and their unique lifestyle," the jury noted in its citation. 

The best film critic award went to Baradwaj Rangan, who was recognised for his "intelligent and reader-friendly reviews of popular cinema with a depth of understanding of the form, a discernible passion for the medium bulwarked consistently by a knowledge of the trends and touchstones of global cinema". 

The award for the best first non-feature film by a director went to "John & Jane" (English), produced and directed by Ashim Ahluwalia. The jury described it as "an evocative film capturing the essence of call centres" in urban India and the pressures and dualities of life in this new reality. 

In Hindi, "Black", directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, was judged the best feature film for "a stylised and visually vibrant tale" of a physically challenged child who learns to live and become an achiever "against insurmountable odds"


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