15th National Film Awards

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15th National Film Awards
Awarded for Best of Indian cinema in 1967
Awarded by President of India
(Zakir Hussain)
Presented by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
Presented on November 25, 1968 (1968-11-25)
Site Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi
Official website dff.nic.in
Highlights
Best Feature Film Hatey Bazarey
Most awards Chiriyakhana, Hamraaz and Upkar (2)
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The 15th National Film Awards, presented by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, India to felicitate the best of Indian Cinema released in 1967.[1][2] Ceremony took place at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi on 25 November 1968 and awards were given by then President of India, Zakir Hussain.

With 15th National Film Awards, format of awards has been changed, which includes introduction of new awards and categorization. Unlike earlier, films then categorized into feature films and short films. Feature films awards were continued with All India Awards and Regional Awards but couple of more awards were introduced at the all India level to honor artists and technicians.

Major awards introduced for feature films starting with 15th National Film Awards includes awards for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Music Direction, Best Playback Singer of the Year and Best Screenplay.

Starting 15th National Film Awards, Short films had their own share of awards which introduced seven new awards for various types/genre of short films made in the country, including Best Promotional Film, Best Educational / Instructional Film, Best Film on Social Documentation etc.

Certificate of Merit in all the categories is discontinued with 15th National Film Awards, which also led to discontinuation of second and third film/documentary, again in all the categories, except Second Best Feature Film.

Juries[edit]

Six different committees were formed based on the film making sectors in India, mainly based in Bombay, Calcutta and Madras along with the award categories. Another committee for all India level was also formed which included some of the members from regional committee. For 15th National Film Awards, central committee was headed by R. K. Nehru.[1][2]

  • Jury Members: Documentary
  • Jury Members: Short Films
    • Krishna Kriplani (Chairperson) • Tara Ali Baig • Shiv K. Kapur • Ebrahim Alkazi • Usha Bhagat • Fali Bilimoria
  • Jury Regional: Bombay
    • V. A. Naik (Chairperson) • Aloo J. Chibber • Anant Kanekar • R. Srinivasan • Ram Joshi • K. J. Khambatta • Bhanu Prasad Pandya • Pannalal Maheshwary • Sadashiv J. Row Kavi • Bany Talwar

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 15th National Film Awards, a Bengali film Hatey Bazarey won the President's Gold Medal for the All India Best Feature Film, whereas a Bengali film Chiriyakhana and two Hindi films, Hamraaz and Upkar won the maximum number of awards (two). Following were the awards given in each category:[1][2]

All India Award[edit]

Following were the awards given:[1][2]

Name of Award Name of Film Language Awardee(s) Awards
Best Feature Film Hatey Bazarey Bengali Producer: Asim Dutta Gold Medal, INR20,000 and a plaque
Director: Tapan Sinha INR5,000 and a plaque
Second Best Feature Film Upkar Hindi Producer: R. N. Goswami INR5,000 and a plaque
Director: Manoj Kumar Silver Medal
Best Actor  • Antony Firingee
 • Chiriyakhana
Bengali Uttam Kumar A figurine
Best Actress Raat Aur Din Hindi Nargis Dutt A figurine
Best Cinematography (Black and White) Bambai Raat Ki Bahon Mein Hindi Ramachandra INR5,000 and a plaque
Best Cinematography (Color) Hamraaz Hindi M. N. Malhotra INR5,000 and a plaque
Best Direction Chiriyakhana Bengali Satyajit Ray INR5,000 and a plaque
Best Music Direction Kandan Karunai Tamil K. V. Mahadevan INR5,000 and a plaque
Best Playback Singer of the Year Upkar ("Mere Desh Ki Dharti") Hindi Mahendra Kapoor A plaque
Best Screenplay Agniputhri Malayalam S. L. Puram Sadanandan INR10,000

Regional Award[edit]

The awards were given to the best films made in the regional languages of India. For feature films in Assamese, English, Gujarati, Kashmiri and Oriya language, President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film was not given.[1][2]

Name of Award Name of Film Awardee(s) Awards
Best Feature Film in Bengali Arogya Niketan Producer: Aurora Film Corp Pvt Ltd. INR5,000
Director: Bijoy Bose Silver Medal
Best Feature Film in Hindi Hamraaz Producer and Director: B. R. Chopra Silver Medal and INR5,000
Best Feature Film in Kannada Bangarada Hoovu Producer and Director: B. A. Arasa Kumar Silver Medal and INR5,000
Best Feature Film in Malayalam Anveshichu Kandethiyilla Producer: Ravi INR5,000
Director: P. Bhaskaran Silver Medal
Best Feature Film in Marathi Santh Wahate Krishnamai Producer: Sahakari Chitrapath Sanstha Ltd. INR5,000
Director: M. G. Pathak Silver Medal
Best Feature Film in Oriya Arundhati Producer: Dhiren Patnaik INR5,000
Director: Prafulla Sengupta Silver Medal
Best Feature Film in Punjabi Sutlej De Kande Producer and Director: P. P. Maheshwary Silver Medal and INR5,000
Best Feature Film in Tamil Aalayam Producer: M/s. Sunbeam, Madras INR5,000
Director: Thirumalai and Mahalingam Silver Medal
Best Feature Film in Telugu Sudigundalu Producer: Chakravarthi Chitra INR5,000
Director: Adurthi Subba Rao Silver Medal

Non-Feature films[edit]

Following were the awards given:[1][2]

Short films[edit]

Name of Award Name of Film Language Awardee(s) Awards
Best Information Film (Documentary) India '67 Music only Producer and Director: P. Sukhdev INR5,000
Best Educational / Instructional Film Akbar English Producer: J. S. Bhownagary for Films Division INR5,000
Director: Shanti S. Varma INR2,000
Best Film on Social Documentation I am 20 English Producer: J. S. Bhownagary and K. L. Khandpur for Films Division INR5,000
Director: S. N. S. Sastry INR2,000
Best Promotional Film (Commercial) The Brown Diamond English Producer: M/s. Krishnaswamy Associates
Director: S. Krishnaswamy
Silver Medal
Best Promotional Film (Non-Commercial) Sandesh Hindi Producer: J. S. Bhownagary and K. L. Khandpur for Films Division
Director: Omprakash Sharma
Silver Medal
Best Experimental Film Through The Eyes of a Painter English Producer: J. S. Bhownagary for Films Division INR5,000
Creator: M. F. Husain INR2,000
Best Animation Film Inquiry Music only Producer and Director: C. T. Baptista INR5,000

Awards not given[edit]

Following were the awards not given as no film was found to be suitable for the award:[1][2]

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