16th National Film Awards

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16th National Film Awards
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16th National Film Awards
Awarded for Best of Indian cinema in 1968
Presented by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
Presented on February 13, 1970 (1970-02-13)
Site Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi
Official website dff.nic.in
Highlights
Best Feature Film Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne
Most awards Aashirwad, Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne, Kuzhanthaikkaga, Saraswatichandra, Thillaanaa Mohanambal and Thulabharam (2)
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The 16th National Film Awards, presented by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, India to felicitate the best of Indian Cinema released in 1968.[1][2] Ceremony took place at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi on 13 February 1970.

With 16th National Film Awards, three new awards were introduced, mainly for Best Film on Family Welfare, Best Child Artist and Best Film Lyric Writer. Moreover, for male and female singers, awards were differentiated with Best Male Playback Singer and Best Female Playback Singer respectively.

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 16th National Film Awards, central committee was headed by Justice G. D. Khosla.[1][2]

  • Jury Regional: Bombay
    • Nissim Ezekiel (Chairperson) • Urmila Kapur • Navin Khandwalla • R. S. Pande • Firoze Rangoonwalla • Bikram Singh • Bal Chhabda • Shatrujit Paul • Buny Talwar • G. P. Shirke
  • Jury Regional: Calcutta
    • Amala Shankar (Chairperson) • Roma Choudhry • Chintamani Kar • K. C. Panigrahi • A. K. Pramanick • Utpal Dutta • Kanan Devi • Kartic Chatterjee • Durgadas Mitra

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 16th National Film Awards, a Bengali film Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne won the President's Gold Medal for the All India Best Feature Film, with also winning the maximum number of awards (two); along with two Hindi films, Aashirwad and Saraswatichandra with a Malayalam film, Thulabharam and a Tamil film, Thillaanaa Mohanambal. 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 Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne Bengali Producer: Nepal Dutta & Asim Dutta Gold Medal and INR20,000
Director: Satyajit Ray INR5,000 and a plaque
Second Best Feature Film Thulabharam Malayalam Producer: M/s. Supriya Pictures INR5,000 and a medal
Director: A. Vincent INR2,000 and a plaque
Best Film on Family Welfare Anchal Ke Phool Hindi Producer: M. R. Seth INR5,000 and a medal
Director: Karunesh Thakur INR2,000 and a plaque
Best Feature Film on National Integration Janmabhoomi Malayalam Producer: M/s. Roopa Rekha INR5,000 and a medal
Director: John Sankaramangalam INR2,000 and a plaque
Best Children's Film Heerer Prajapati Bengali Producer: Children's Film Society INR7,500 and a medal
Director: Shanti P. Chowdhury INR2,500 and a plaque
Best Actor (Bharat Award) Aashirwad Hindi Ashok Kumar A figurine
Best Actress (Urvashi Award) Thulabharam Malayalam Sharada A figurine
Best Child Artist Kuzhanthaikkaga Tamil Baby Rani A plaque
Best Direction Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne Bengali Satyajit Ray INR 5,000 and a plaque
Best Music Direction Saraswatichandra Hindi Kalyanji Anandji INR 5,000 and a plaque
Best Male Playback Singer Mere Huzoor
("Jhanak Jhanak Tori Baaje Paayaliya")
Hindi Manna Dey A plaque
Best Female Playback Singer Uyarndha Manithan Tamil P. Susheela A plaque
Lyric Writer of the Best Film Song on National Integration Kuzhanthaikkaga
("Devan Vanthaan")
Tamil Kannadasan A plaque
Best Screenplay Anokhi Raat Hindi Pandit Anand Kumar INR5,000
Best Cinematography (Black and White) Saraswatichandra Hindi Nariman A. Irani INR5,000 and a plaque
Best Cinematography (Color) Thillaanaa Mohanambal Tamil K. S. Prasad INR5,000 and a plaque

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 Punjabi 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 Apanjan Producer: R. N. Malhotra, R. K. Kapur & T. M. Shah INR5,000
Director: Tapan Sinha Silver Medal
Best Feature Film in Hindi Aashirwad Producer: N. C. Sippy & Hrishikesh Mukherjee INR5,000
Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee Silver Medal
Best Feature Film in Kannada Mannina Maga Producer: M. V. Vemkatachallam & P. Alexander INR5,000
Director: Geethapriya Silver Medal
Best Feature Film in Malayalam Adhyapika Producer: M/s. Neela Productions INR5,000
Director: P. Subramaniam Silver Medal
Best Feature Film in Marathi Ektee Producer: G. Chaugle INR5,000
Director: Raja Thakur Silver Medal
Best Feature Film in Oriya Stree Producer: Parbati Ghose INR5,000
Director: Sidhartha Silver Medal
Best Feature Film in Tamil Thillaanaa Mohanambal Producer: Vijayalakshmi INR5,000
Director: A. P. Nagarajan Silver Medal
Best Feature Film in Telugu Varakatnam Producer: N. Trivikrama Rao INR5,000
Director: N. T. Rama 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) Everest English Producer: Arun Chowdhury for Films Division INR5,000 and a medal
Director: N. S. Thapa INR2,000 and a plaque
Best Educational / Instructional Film Forest and The Man English Producer: K. L. Khandpur for Films Division INR5,000 and a medal
Director: Neil Gokhale & P. B. Pendharkar INR2,000 and a plaque
Best Film on Social Documentation Water English Producer: M/s. Fali Billmoria Productions INR5,000 and a medal
Director: Fali Billmoria INR2,000 and a plaque
Best Experimental Film And I Make Short Films English Producer: K. L. Khandpur for Films Division INR5,000 and a medal
Director: S. N. S. Sastry INR2,000 and a plaque
Best Animation Film Nag Aur Kauwa Hindi Producer: Children's Film Society INR5,000 and a medal
Director: S. B. Nayampally INR2,000 and a plaque

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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