PM Hasina handed over the awards, the highest state recognition for contributions to the country’s film industry, to 29 artistes and performers in 26 categories
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina distributed the 41st National Film Awards 2016 at a gala function at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Dhaka yesterday afternoon.
She handed over the awards, the highest state recognition for contributions to the country’s film industry, to 29 artistes and performers in 26 categories.
During her speech, she said: “Films should have themes which bring out the spirit of our Liberation War.
“I will do everything in my power to make sure that we can make international standard films,” she added, while talking about Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s initiative to build the Bangladesh Film Development Corporation (BFDC).
Farida Akhter, better known by her screen name Babita, and Akbar Hossain Pathan, better known by his screen name Faruq, were jointly awarded the lifetime award in the function.
“Oggatonama” was awarded as the best film of the year, and its producer Faridur Reza Sagar was mentioned as the awardee.
SM Kamrul Ahsan was awarded for his film “Ghran” as the best film producer in the short film category.
In the best documentary category, “Jonmo Saathi” was awarded as the best film and Ekattor Media Ltd and Liberation War Museum were jointly awarded for it.
Amitabh Reza Chowdhury won the best director award for his film “Aynabaji.”
Suchinta Chowdhury Chanchal, better known by his screen name Chanchal Chowdhury, was awarded as the best actor in the lead role in the same film.
The best lead actress award went to Nusrat Imrose Tisha and Kusum Shikder jointly for their films “Ostitto” and “Shankhachil,” respectively.
The best supporting actor award went to Ali Raz and Fazlur Rahman Babu jointly for their films “Purey Jai Mon” and “Meyeti Ekhon Kothay Jabey,” respectively.
This is the second time Babu won a National Film Award.
The best supporting actress award went to Tania Ahmed for her film “Krishnapakha.”
Shahiduzzaman Selim was awarded as the best villain for his role in “Oggatonama.”
The best child actor award went to Anum Rahman Khan for his role in “Shankhachil.”
Imon Shaha bagged the best music director’s award for his work in “Meyeti Ekhon Kothay Jabey.”
Md Habib was awarded as the best dance director for the film “Niyoti.”
Wakil Ahmed was awarded as the best male singer for his song “Amrito Megher Bari” in the film “Darpan Bisharjan.”
Meher Afroz Shaon won the best female singer award for her song “Jodi Mon Kandey Tumi Choley Esho” in “Krishnapakha.”
Gazi Mazharul Anwar won the best lyricist award for his song “Bidhirey, o Bidhi Bidhi” in “Meyeti Ekhon Kothay Jabey,” and Imon Shaha won the best tune award for this song.
Tauquir Ahmed got the award of the best story writer for “Oggatonama.”
The best scriptwriter award went jointly to Anam Biswas and Gausul Alam for “Aynabaji.”
Syeda Rubaiyat Hossain was awarded as the best dialogue writer for the film “Under Construction.”
The best editor award went to Iqbal Ahsanul Kabir for his work in “Oggatonama.”
Uttam Guha won the best art director award for “Shankhachil.” Rashed Zaman won the best cinematographer award and Ripon Nath won the best sound recordist award for their works in “Aynabaji.”
Rashed told Showtime: “I feel great. This is the first time I have received an award for my cinematography work.”
The best dress and decoration award went to Sattar and Farzana Shan jointly for “Niyoti” and “Aynabaji,” respectively.
Manik was awarded as the best make-up man for “Under Construction.”
Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu presided over the function while State Minister for Information Tarana Halim and Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the ministry AKM Rahmatullah were present as special guests.
Information Secretary Abdul Malek delivered the welcome address at the function attended by ministers, members of parliament, senior government officials and other dignitaries.