2nd annual Film Critics Circle of India Award

For the Best Indian Film released in India in 2016 and/or released outside India in 2016


Best Film – THITHI (Funeral), directed by Raam Reddy

8 films were nominated this year:




Pink Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury Hindi
Chauthi Koot (The Fourth Direction) Gurvinder Singh Punjabi
Aligarh Hansal Mehta Hindi
Loktak Lairembee (Lady of the Lake) Haobam Paban Kumar Manipuri
Sairat (Wild) Nagraj Manjule Marathi
Onaatah: of the Earth Pradip Kurbah Khasi
Thithi (Funeral) Raam Reddy Kannada
Ozhivudivasathe Kali (An Off-Day Game) Sanal Kumar Sasidharan Malayalam



  • Members of the Jury - Manoj Barpujari, Anil Zankar, and Madhu Eravankara

“For the sensitive portrayal of conflict between the artistic vision of ideal life and harsh realities of the contemporary city life, depicted in an innovative and minimalistic style.”

Best Indian Film at the 'All Lights India International Film Festival' (ALIIFF 2016) - VIOLIN PLAYER (directed by Bauddhayan Mukherji)



FCCI awards at the 3rd ‘Hyderabad Bengali Film Festival’ (HBFF 2016)

  • Members of the jury - Siladitya Sen, Madhu Eravankara, and Dalton L

“For the sensitive cinematic portrayal of the struggle of a dedicated artistic soul in a powerful visual odyssey that reinforces cinema, theater and lived life.”

Best Debut Director – DEBESH CHATTERJEE (Natoker Moto)

“For directing the spotlight on the grave crisis engulfing  the celluloid art with the inevitable march of technology.”

Special Mention – CINEMAWALLA (directed by Kaushik Ganguly)


1st Annual Film Critics Circle of India Award

For the best Indian film theatrically released in India in 2015


Best Film – COURT (directed by Chaitanya Tamhane)

 The procedure that was adopted:
Nov 2015–Jan 2016

31 films from all over the county are nominated by members

Ain (The Eye) Malayalam Sidhartha Siva
Asha Jaoar Majhe (Labour of Love) Bengali Aditya Vikram Sengupta
Asthamayam Vare (Unto the dusk) Malayalam Sajin Baabu
Badlapur Hindi Sriram Raghavan
Court Marathi/… Chaitanya Tamane
CR No. 89 Malayalam Sudevan
Dum Laga Ke Haisha Hindi Sharat Katariya
Gour Hari Dastaan Hindi Ananth Narayan Mahadevan
Highway Marathi Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni
Kaaka Muttai Tamil M Manikandan
Kanyaka Talkies Malayalam KR Manoj
Kari Malayalam Shanavas Nuranipuzha
Killa Marathi Avinash Arun
Kirumi Tamil Anucharan
KL 10 Patthu Malayalm Muhsin Parari
Kuttram Kadithal Tamil Bramma G
Margarita with a Straw Hindi/English Shonali Bose
Masaan Hindi Neeraj Ghaywan
NH10 Hindi Navdeep Singh
Nirbashito Bengali/English Churni Ganguly
Oraalppokkam Malayalam Sanal Kumar Sasidharan
Ottal Malayalam Jayaraj
Papanasam Tamil Jeethu Joseph
Pathemari Malayalam Salim Ahmed
Perariyathavur Malayalam Dr. Biju
Piku Hindi/Bengali Shoojit Sircar
Qissa Punjabi Anup Singh
Rajathanthiram Tamil AG Amid
Talvar Hindi Meghna Gulzar
Thani Oruvan Tamil Mohan Raja
Titli Hindi Kanu Behl


Jan–April, 2016

Special online screeners are made available for some of the films.
And DVDs with English subtitles are exchanged among members.

Members vote for their choice of the best films of the year.
And keep updating their choices as they continue to watch the films.

Finally, the votes are tabulated. And the Award for the Best Film is announced.


One of the primary objectives of the Film Critics Circle of India (FCCI) is to encourage the production of cinema of high artistic and aesthetic value, chiefly through the institution of the FCCI Awards.


  • How does a film critic ensure that they get the cultural nuances of films in languages/regions they are unfamiliar with (because subtitles cannot convey everything)? Awarding films on a pan-Indian basis is extremely difficult.
    Baradwaj Rangan,
  • The FIPRESCI Grand Prix, awarded every year at the San Sebastian Film Festival, is highly respected. So is the Sight and Sound awards in Britain. It would be great if we could succeed in instituting a highly-respected, authentic, unbiased annual film critics’ award in India.
    Utpal Borpujari,
  • The FCCI Award would be for cinematic excellence. Thus, it should not matter at all if only a handful of people in the world have watched the film. The size of the film’s audience is unimportant. Ours is not a populist award given in exchange for getting the star from the winning film to dance for a TV channel. This is what you see happening most of the time.
    Saibal Chatterjee,
  • Encouragement to formal innovation instead of to exploring 'relevant' social issues will help cinema as well.
    MK Raghavendra,
  • Why has the Film Critics Circle of India decided to award/ select one film as the Best of 2015? To identify, in this age of marketing hype and 300-crore clubs, that one film which has touched all of us initiated viewers with its thematic relevance, authenticity of presentation and clarity of purpose. And that, to my mind, would be the significance of the award which will not be going out with a big purse but only as a genuine endorsement of the maker's effort.
    Ratnottama Sengupta,