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National Film Best Popular Film Award

The National Film Awards were first presented in the year 1954. Since 1973, the award ceremonies are administrated by the Indian government’s ‘Directorate of Film Festivals’. The awards were introduced by the government to honor and encourage films made across India. Every year a panel is elected by the government which selects the winning entry. The award ceremonies are generally held in New Delhi and the awards are presented by the President to the winners for the year. The winners are honored with a cash prize of Rs.1, 00,000 and a Swarna Kamal. The ‘Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment’ award was introduced in 1975 and was first presented to the Hindi film ‘Kora Kagaz’ directed by Anil Ganguly. ‘Kora Kagaz’ was produced by Sanath Kothari and is a remake of a 1963 Bengali film ‘Saat Pake Bandha’. 

Golden Lotus Award Winners For Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment Are:

Year
Film
Language
Director
2009
Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!
Hindi
Dibakar Banerjee
2008
Chak De! India
Hindi
Shimit Amin
2007
Lage Raho Munna Bhai
Hindi
Rajkumar Hirani
2006
Rang De Basanti
Hindi
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
2005
Autograph
Tamil
Cheran
2005
Veer Zaara
Hindi
Yash Chopra
2004
Munna Bhai M.B.B.S.
Hindi
Rajkumar Hirani
2003
Devdas
Hindi
Sanjay Leela Bhansali
2002
Lagaan - (Once Upon a Time in India)
Hindi/English
Ashutosh Gowariker
2001
VanathaiPola
Tamil
Vikraman
2000
Sarfarosh
Hindi
John Matthew Matthan
1999
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
Hindi
Karan Johar
1998
Dil To Pagal Hai
Hindi
Yash Chopra
1997
Maachis
Hindi
Gulzar
1996
Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge
Hindi
Aditya Chopra
1995
Hum Aapke Hain Koun
Hindi
Sooraj R. Barjatya
1994
Darr
Hindi
Yash Chopra
1993
Sargam
Malayalam
Hariharan
1992
-
-
-
1991
Ghayal
Hindi
Rajkumar Santoshi
1990
Chandni
Hindi
Yash Chopra
1990
Geethanjali
Telugu
Mani Ratnam
1989
Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak
Hindi
Mansoor Khan
1988
Pushpak Vimana
Silent
Singeetham Srinivasa Rao
1987
Samasaram Athu Minsaram
Tamil
Visu
1986
-
-
-
1985
Kony
Bengali
Saroj De
1984
-
-
-
1983
-
-
-
1982
-
-
-
1981
-
-
-
1980
Sankarabharanam
Telugu
K. Viswanath
1979
Ganadevata
Bengali
Tarun Majumdar
1978
Swami
Hindi
Basu Chatterjee
1977
-
-
-
1976
Tapasya
Hindi
Anil Ganguly
1975
Kora Kagaz
Hindi
Anil Ganguly

  
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