17th National Film Awards

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17th National Film Awards
Awarded for Best of Indian cinema in 1969
Presented by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
Presented on November 21, 1970 (1970-11-21)
Site University Centenary Auditorium, Madras
Official website dff.nic.in
Highlights
Best Feature Film Bhuvan Shome
Most awards Bhuvan Shome (3)
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The 17th National Film Awards, presented by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, India to felicitate the best of Indian Cinema released in 1969.[1][2] Ceremony took place at University Centenary Auditorium, Madras on 21 November 1970.

With 17th National Film Awards, a new award was introduced, to honour the Father of Indian Cinema, Dhundiraj Govind Phalke, better known as Dadasaheb Phalke, which over the years became the most prestigious and coveted award of Indian Cinema. Named as Dadasaheb Phalke Award, introduced to recognise the contribution of film personalities towards the development of Indian Cinema. Starting with birth centenary of Phalke (1969), this award is to be awarded annually for the distinguished contribution.

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 17th 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

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.

Lifetime Achievement Award[edit]

Name of Award Awardee(s) Awarded As Awards
Dadasaheb Phalke Award Devika Rani Chaudhuri Roerich Actress INR11,000, a shawl and a plaque

Feature films[edit]

Feature films were awarded at All India as well as regional level. For 17th National Film Awards, a Bengali film Bhuvan Shome won the President's Gold Medal for the All India Best Feature Film, with also winning the maximum number of awards (three). 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 Bhuvan Shome Hindi Producer and Director: Mrinal Sen Gold Medal and INR20,000
Second Best Feature Film Dibratrir Kabya Bengali Producer: M/s. Nabik Productions INR5,000 and a medal
Director: Bimal Bhowmick, Narayan Chakraborty INR2,000 and a plaque
Best Feature Film on National Integration Saat Hindustani Hindi Producer and Director: Khwaja Ahmad Abbas INR5,000 and a medal
Best Actor (Bharat Award) Bhuvan Shome Hindi Utpal Dutt A figurine
Best Actress (Urvashi Award) Dibratrir Kabya Bengali Madhabi Mukherjee A figurine
Best Direction Bhuvan Shome Hindi Mrinal Sen INR 5,000 and a plaque
Best Music Direction Nanak Nam Jahaz Hai Punjabi S. Mohinder INR 5,000 and a plaque
Best Male Playback Singer Aradhana
("Safal Hogi Teri Aradhana")
Hindi Sachin Dev Burman A plaque
Best Female Playback Singer Thunaivan Tamil K. B. Sundarambal A plaque
Lyric Writer of the Best Film Song on National Integration Saat Hindustani
("Aandhi Aaye Ki Toofan")
Hindi Kaifi Azmi A plaque
Best Screenplay Gejje Pooje Kannada S. R. Puttanna Kanagal INR5,000 and a plaque
Best Cinematography (Black and White) Sara Akash Hindi K. K. Mahajan INR5,000 and a plaque
Best Cinematography (Color) Shanti Nilayam Tamil Marcus Bartley 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 English 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 Assamese Dr. Bezbarooah Producer: M/s Rangghar Cine Productions INR5,000
Director: Brajen Baruah Silver Medal
Best Feature Film in Bengali Natun Pata Producer: M/s Gora Pictures INR5,000
Director: Dinen Gupta Silver Medal
Best Feature Film in Gujarati Kanku Producer and Director: Kantilal Rathod INR5,000
Best Feature Film in Hindi Satyakam Producer: Sher Jeng Singh Punchee INR5,000
Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee Silver Medal
Best Feature Film in Kannada Gejje Pooje Producer: Chithra Jyothi INR5,000
Director: S. R. Puttanna Kanagal Silver Medal
Best Feature Film in Malayalam Adimakal Producer: M. O. Joseph INR5,000
Director: K. S. Sethumadhavan Silver Medal
Best Feature Film in Marathi Tambdi Mati Producer: Lilabai Bhalji Pendharkar INR5,000
Director: Bhalji Pendharkar Silver Medal
Best Feature Film in Oriya Adina Megha Producer: Babulal Doshi INR5,000
Director: Amit Maitra Silver Medal
Best Feature Film in Punjabi Nanak Nam Jahaz Hai Producer: Pannalal Maheshwary INR5,000
Director: Ram Maheshwary Silver Medal
Best Feature Film in Tamil Iru Kodugal Producer: N. Selvaraj, B. Doraisamy, N. Krishan and V. Govindarajan INR5,000
Director: K. Balachander Silver Medal
Best Feature Film in Telugu Aadarsa Kutumbam Producer: N. Trivikrama Rao 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) Amrita Sher-Gil English Producer and Director: B. D. Garga INR5,000 and a medal
Best Educational / Instructional Film Life English Producer: K. L. Khandpur for Films Division INR5,000 and a medal
Director: S. Gangooii INR2,000 and a plaque
Best Animation Film Umbrella English Producer: G. K. Gokhale for Films Division INR5,000 and a medal
Director: B. R. Shendge INR2,000 and a plaque
Best Promotional Film (Commercial) Weave Me Some Flowers English Producer: Mohan Wadhwani for Films Division A medal only
Director: P. B. Pendharkar A plaque only

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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