10th National Film Awards

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10th National Film Awards
Awarded for Best of Indian cinema in 1962
Awarded by President of India
(Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan)
Presented by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
Presented on April 20, 1963 (1963-04-20)
Site Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi
Official website dff.nic.in
Best Feature Film Dada Thakur
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The 10th National Film Awards, then known as State Awards for Films, presented by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, India to felicitate the best of Indian Cinema released in 1961.[1] Ceremony took place at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi on 21 April 1963 and awards were given by then President of India, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.

Awards[edit]

Awards were divided into feature films and non-feature films.

President's Gold Medal for the All India Best Feature Film is now better known as National Film Award for Best Feature Film, whereas President's Gold Medal for the Best Documentary Film is analogous to today's National Film Award for Best Non-Feature Film. For children's films, Prime Minister's Gold Medal is now given as National Film Award for Best Children's Film. At the regional level, President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film is now given as National Film Award for Best Feature Film in a particular language. Certificate of Merit in all the categories is discontinued over the years.

Feature films[edit]

Feature films were awarded at All India as well as regional level. For the 10th National Film Awards, a Bengali film Dada Thakur won the President's Gold Medal for the All India Best Feature Film. Following were the awards given:[1]

All India Award[edit]

Following were the awards given in each category:[1]

Name of Award Name of Film Language Awardee(s) Awards
President's Gold Medal for the All India Best Feature Film Dada Thakur Bengali Producer: Shyamlal Jalan Gold Medal and INR20,000
Director: Sudhir Mukherjee INR5,000
All India Certificate of Merit for the Second Best Feature Film Abhijan Bengali Producer: Abhijatrik Certificate of Merit and INR10,000
Director: Satyajit Ray INR2,500
All India Certificate of Merit for the Third Best Feature Film Sautela Bhai Hindi Producer: Alok Bharati
Director: Mahesh Kaul
Certificate of Merit only
All India Certificate of Merit for the Best Children's Film Raju Aur Gangaram Hindi Producer: Children's Film Society
Director: Ezra Mir
Certificate of Merit only

Regional Award[edit]

The awards were given to the best films made in the regional languages of India.

With 10th National Film Awards, new award category was introduced for the feature films made in Punjabi language. This newly introduced category includes President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film in Assamese and Certificate of Merit for second and third best film, although former was not given as no film was found suitable for the award.

For feature films in Assamese, Kannada, Malayalam, Oriya and Punjabi, President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film was not given, instead Certificate of Merit for Best Feature Film was awarded.[1]

Name of Award Name of Film Awardee(s)
Feature Films in Assamese
Certificate of Merit for the Best Feature Film Tezimola Producer and Director: Anwar Hussain
Feature Films in Bengali
President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film Kancher Swarga Producer: Prokash Chandra Nan
Director: Yatrik
Certificate of Merit for the Second Best Feature Film Nishithe Producer: Agragami Productions
Director: Agragami
Feature Films in Hindi
President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam Producer: Guru Dutt
Director: Abrar Alvi
Feature Films in Kannada
Certificate of Merit for the Best Feature Film Nanda Deepa Producer: Sarvashri U. S., Vadhiraj and U. Jawahar
Director: M. R. Vittal
Feature Films in Malayalam
Certificate of Merit for the Best Feature Film Puthiya Akasam Puthiya Bhoomi Producer: Associated Producers
Director: M. S. Mani
Certificate of Merit for the Second Best Feature Film Kalpadukal Producer: T. R. Raghavan
Director: K. S. Anthony
Feature Films in Marathi
President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film Rangalya Ratree Ashya Producer: The Maharashtra Film Industrial Co-Operative Society Ltd.
Director: Raja Thakur
Certificate of Merit for the Second Best Feature Film Javai Majha Bhala Producer: Maneesha Chitra Pvt Ltd.
Director: Neelkanth Magdum
Certificate of Merit for the Third Best Feature Film Gariba Gharchi Lek Producer: Shivaji Gulabrao Katkar
Director: Kamlakar Vishnu Torne
Feature Films in Oriya
Certificate of Merit for the Best Feature Film Surjyamukhi Producer: Soumendra Misra
Director: P. K. Sengupta
Certificate of Merit for the Second Best Feature Film Lakshmi Producer: Parvati Ghose and G. P. Ghose
Director: Sarda Naik
Feature Films in Punjabi
Certificate of Merit for the Best Feature Film Chaudhari Karnail Singh Producer and Director: Krishnan Kumar
Feature Films in Tamil
President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film Nenjil Oor Alayam Producer: Chithralaya
Director: C. V. Sridhar
Certificate of Merit for the Second Best Feature Film Annai Producer: AVM Productions
Director: Sarvashri R. Krishnan and S. Panju
Certificate of Merit for the Third Best Feature Film Sarada Producer: Al. Srinivasan
Director: K. S. Gopalakrishnan
Feature Films in Telugu
President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film Mahamantri Timmarusu Producer: Gowthami Productions
Director: Kamalakara Kameshwara Rao
Certificate of Merit for the Second Best Feature Film Kula Gothralu Producer: A. Subba Rao
Director: Kotayya Pratyagatma
Certificate of Merit for the Third Best Feature Film Siri Sampadalu Producer: V. Venkateswarlu
Director: P. Pullaiah

Non-Feature films[edit]

Non-feature film awards were given for the documentaries and educational films made in the country. Following were the awards given:[1]

Documentaries[edit]

Name of Award Name of Film Language Awardee(s) Awards
President's Gold Medal for the Best Documentary Film Four Centuries Ago English Producer: Films Division Gold Medal and INR4,000
Director: Shanti Verma INR1,000
All India Certificate of Merit for the Second Best Documentary Film Himalayan Heritage English Producer: Films Division Certificate of Merit and INR2,000
Director: N. S. Thapa INR500
All India Certificate of Merit for the Third Best Documentary Film The Telco Story English Producer: Hunnar Films
Director: Clement Baptista
Certificate of Merit only

Educational films[edit]

Name of Award Name of Film Language Awardee(s) Awards
All India Certificate of Merit for the Best Educational Film Virginia Tobacco English Producer: Films Division
Director: P. R. S. Pillay
Certificate of Merit only
All India Certificate of Merit for the Second Best Educational Film The Evolution and Races of Man English Producer: National Education and Information Film Ltd.
Director: S. Sukhdev
Certificate of Merit only

Awards not given[edit]

Following were the awards not given as no film was found to be suitable for the award:[1]

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