National Film Awards Ceremony had taken place on 29 December 2003. The Directorate of Film Festival had presented the event. The Indian president at that time was Dr.A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. He had handed over the awards to the winners of the best films of the year 2002.The awards were of three categories of Indian Cinema of 2002 namely, Feature films, Non-feature Films, and Books Written on Indian Cinema.
Prakash Jha had announced the winners of the best Feature Films while Chairperson Rajiv Mehrotra announced the awards won by best Non-feature Films.Udaya Tara Nayar had announced the winners of the awards for Best Books Written on Indian Cinema. The following are the National Awards won by Hindi film industry. Actor, director, and producer Mr.DevAnand had received the Dadasaheb Phalke Award which is also called as the Lifetime Achievement Award.
He received a cash prize of one lakh rupee and a shawl for felicitation along with the award. Under the category of Feature Films, the awards given were Golden Lotus Award (Swarna Kamal), Silver Lotus Award (Rajat Kamal), and Regional Awards. The movie Devdas produced by
Bharat Shah and directed by
Sanjay Leela Bhansali had won The Golden Lotus Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment (Hindi) along with a cash prize of Rs 40,000.The movie Baaja had won the Golden Lotus Award for Best Children’s Movie. Silver Lotus Award for Best Film on Social Issues (Hindi) was given to Swaraj while Best Actor Award winner was Ajay Devgn for the movie,
The Legend of Bhagat Singh.
Shweta Prasad had bagged the Best Child Actor Award for the film Makdee. The winners for Best Playback Singing Male and Female Awards were
Udit Narayan for the song ‘Chote Chote Sapne” from the movie Zindagi Khoobsurat Hai and
Shreya Ghoshal for the song ‘BairiPiya” from the film Devdas respectively. Awards for Best Costume Design, Best Art Direction and Best Choreography were all given to the movie Devdas. Regional Award for Best Feature Film had gone to The Legend of Bhagat Singh.
Under the category of Non-feature Films, Silver Lotus Award was given to two Hindi films – Avchetan for the Best Film on Social Issues and Dhatri Panna for Best Film on Family Welfare. The Hindi book, Ritu Aaye Ritu Jaaye was written by Sharat Dutt had won the Golden Lotus Award for Best Book on Cinema.