The 40th national film awards ceremony took place in the year 1992. It was an achievement year for music director Bhupen Hazarika, who got the life achievement award for the same year awarding ‘Dadasaheb Phalke’ Award with Sawan Kamal, prize money of 1,00,000 and a shawl. The Tamil Film ‘Thevar Magan’ swept the National Film Award, winning five awards including the top awards for best Audiobiography, best supporting actress, best female playback singer and best special jury award.
Thevar Magan is still considered a landmark movie. Actress ‘Revathi’, who played the role of a village girl, giving it effortlessly charming naturalness. The picture is even today master of realism. Venu took the laurel of Best Cinematographer, and A.R Rahman won the Best Music Direction Award for the year for Tamil Film, ‘Roja’. Mithun Chakraborty got Best Actor Award for his innovative performance which captured the agony of a freedom fighter immediately after independence. Actor, ‘Sunny Deol’ won the Best Supporting Actor for his role in film ‘Damini’ and actress, Revathi, played the role of a lonely woman and ‘Vairamuthu’ for ‘Roja’ and won the best lyrics award.
Laxmibai Kolhapurkar, Marathi choreographer for historical film ‘Ek Hota Vidhushak’, fetched him the Best Choreography Award and Male Playback Singer; Rajkumar won the award for his song ‘Naadamaya Ee Lokavella’ from film ‘Jeevana Chaitra’. The year’s the most successful ‘Bhagavad Gita’ got the national film award for the Featured Film which went to T. Subbarami Reddy as producer and production designer. Filmfare’s Best Cinematographer Award for Color Photography went to cameraman Venu for ‘Miss Beatty’s Children’. Actress, Dimple Kapadia stole the show by taking the Best Actress trophy for Hindi film, Rudaali from an actor, Rajendra Kumar.
Amit Phalke got Best Child Artist Award for ‘Mujhse Dosti Karoge’ for the versatility he brings in his dream world. Shet Patharer Thala a Bengali film produced by Shankar Gope and directed by Prabhat Roy won the best film for family welfare. The best feature film in English was awarded to ‘Electric Moon’ produced by S.S. Bedi. It was a humorous depiction of decaying a way of life. Jackie Shroff made the evening a memorable one with the dance performance.