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TOP 10 of INdian Cinema - 2022

In a survey to judge the best of Indian Cinema in the year 2022, the IFI requested 06 eminent Film Critics of India to recommend their choice of top 10 Indian films and top three performances by an actor male and female in order of preference. The choices listed by the Critics were given marks by IFI e.g. the film rated by the Critic as No. 1 got 10 marks while the one placed at No. 10 got 01 marks. A similar formula was applied to the Performances by the Actors as well. The objective was to create a country-wide consensus on the Best of Indian Cinema which has largely been achieved if one goes by the Final List. The Final results are as under:  

BEST FEATURE FILMS 2022

  1. ‘Kantara' (Kannada) directed by Rishab Shetty, and 'Gangubai Kathiawadi'(Hindi) directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali (Tied)

  2. ‘Chhello Show’ (Gujarati) directed by Pan Nalin

  3. ‘Ponniyin Selvan: I’ (Tamil) directed by Mani Ratnam  

  4. 'Jalsa' (Hindi) directed by Suresh Triveni

  5. 'Rocketry- The Nambi Effect' (Tamil, Hindi) directed by R. Madhavan

  6. 'Dostojee' (Bengali) directed by Prasun Chatterjee

  7. 'Ariyippu' (Malayalam) directed by Mahesh Narayanan

  8. 'RRR' (Telugu) directed by S.S. Rajamouli

  9. 'Pada' (Malayalam) directed by Kamal K.M.

  10. 'Upasharga' (Assamese) directed Kangkan Deka

best actor 2022 (male)

1. Kunchacko Boban (Pada, Ariyippu, & Nna Thaan Case Kodu)

2. Rishab Shetty (Kantara)

3. R. Madhavan ( Rocketry- The Nambi Effect) and Kamal Hassan (Vikram), and Vijay Sethupati [19(1)(a)] jointly

best actor 2022 (FEmale)

1. Alia Bhatt (Gangubai Kathiawadi)

2. Sai Pallavi (Gargi)

3. Deepika Padukone (Gehraiyaan)

The ratings were contributed by renowned Film Critics from all over the country Baradwaj Rangan (Chennai), Swapan Mullick (Kolkata), M K Raghavendra (Bangalore), Dalton Christopher (Kochi), Murtaza Ali Khan (New Delhi) and Utpal Datta (Guwahati). Organized by the Indian Film Institute established by Manoj Srivastava, Former Head of IFFI Goa and Saibal Chatterjee, Film Critic, the ratings are spread over three categories only and cover over a pool of 41 feature films from all filmmaking regions of the country. The films rated by Film Critics as Number 1 are given 10 marks and so on. The final compilation is released by the Institute each year. Talking about the ratings, Manoj Srivastava, Chairman, Indian Film Institute said, ”The IFI bases its selection of Jurors keeping in mind proper representation of all film making regions and strives to maintain transparency in award selection process. These are by far the most respected and honest ratings anywhere in the country.”

Participating Film Critics

BARADWAJ RANGAN
BARADWAJ RANGAN

Baradwaj Rangan is an Indian film critic, writer, and formerly the deputy editor of The Hindu. He later became a senior editor of Film Companion. He won the National Film Award for Best Film Critic in 2006. He has also authored two books, worked as a screenwriter, and is a teacher at the Asian College of Journalism, Chennai.

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MK RAGHAVENDRA
MK RAGHAVENDRA

M.K. RAGHAVENDRA is a film critic, researcher, author and a founder-editor of the film journal Deep Focus. He received the National Award for the best film critic in 1997. He was awarded a two-year Homi Bhabha Fellowship in 2000-01 to research Indian popular film narrative and a Goethe Institut Fellowship in 2000 to study post-War German cinema.

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SWAPAN MULLICK
SWAPAN MULLICK

Swapan Mullick is a veteran journalist and film critic who was the first recipient of the National Award for Best Film Critic in 1985. He has been associated with The Statesman in a senior editorial capacity for more than three decades and was subsequently appointed Director of the Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute, Kolkata. He continues to write columns for newspapers, has authored several books, lectures on cinema, serves frequently on film juries in India and abroad.

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MURTAZA ALI KHAN
MURTAZA ALI KHAN

Murtaza Ali Khan is a film critic / journalist based out of Delhi, India. He is a regular contributor to The Hindu, The Sunday Guardian, Newslaundry, etc. He has been a guest panelist on various television channels and also associated with radio. He also conducts workshops on screenwriting, film appreciation and digital filmmaking.

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CHRISTOPHER DALTON
CHRISTOPHER DALTON

Dalton is a film critic, essayist and festival advisor. He began his journalistic odyssey writing for ‘The Hindu’ and the ‘Times Group’. His film-reviewing stint spans almost a decade, and includes such publications as ‘Rediff’, ‘The Film Street Journal’, ‘Dear Cinema’, ‘Upper Stall’, and the ‘Deccan Chronicle’ /‘The Asian Age’. n addition to being a writer, he is a prolific cameraman too with over ten years of experience as a documenter of reality. He has briefly captured in moving images a var

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UTPAL DATTA
UTPAL DATTA

Utpal Datta is a National Film Award-winning film critic. He has been associated with different magazines such as Bismoi, Rangghar, Roopkar. He is known primarily for his books, plays and radio shows. He has now directed an impressionistic 10-minute short film, “By-lane 2”, which is his first ever independent work as a director. The film is based on the works of Pabitra Kumar Deka.

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