18th National Film Awards

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18th National Film Awards
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18th National Film Awards
Awarded for Best of Indian cinema in 1970
Awarded by Prime Minister of India
(Indira Gandhi)
Presented by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
Official website dff.nic.in
Highlights
Best Feature Film Samskara
Most awards Dastak, Mera Naam Joker and Pratidwandi (3)
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The 18th National Film Awards, presented by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, India to felicitate the best of Indian Cinema released in the year 1970.[1][2] Awards were given by then Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi.

Juries[edit]

Four different committees were formed based on the film making sectors in India, mainly based in Bombay, Calcutta and Madras along with the central committee for all India level. For 18th National Film Awards, central committee was headed by Justice G. D. Khosla.[1][2]

  • Jury Regional: Calcutta
    • Amala Shankar (Chairperson) • Amina Kar • Anant Mahapatra • A. K. Pramanick • Tarun Roy • Pankaj Mullick • Rajendra Nath Barua • Shibatosh Mukerjee • Narayan Chakraborty • Dilip Sarkar • Nirmal Chowdhury

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 B. N. Sircar Producer INR11,000, a shawl and a plaque

Feature films[edit]

Feature films were awarded at All India as well as regional level. For 18th National Film Awards, a Kannada film Samskara won the President's Gold Medal for the All India Best Feature Film, whereas two Hindi films, Dastak and Mera Naam Joker along with a Bengali film Pratidwandi won 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 Samskara Kannada Producer and Director: T. Pattabhirami Reddy Gold Medal and INR40,000
Second Best Feature Film Pratidwandi Bengali Producer: Nepal Dutta and Asim Dutta INR15,000 and a medal
Director: Satyajit Ray INR5,000 and a plaque
Best Feature Film on National Integration Thurakkatha Vaathil Malayalam Producer: A. Raghunath INR30,000 and a medal
Director: P. Bhaskaran INR10,000 and a plaque
Best Actor (Bharat Award) Dastak Hindi Sanjeev Kumar A figurine
Best Actress (Urvashi Award) Dastak Hindi Rehana Sultan A figurine
Best Child Artist Mera Naam Joker Hindi Rishi Kapoor A plaque
Best Direction Pratidwandi Bengali Satyajit Ray INR 5,000 and a plaque
Best Music Direction Dastak Hindi Madan Mohan INR 5,000 and a plaque
Best Male Playback Singer  • Nishi Padma
("Ja Khushi Ora Bole")
 • Mera Naam Joker
("Ae Bhai Zara Dekh Ke Chalo")
 • Bengali

 • Hindi
Manna Dey A plaque
Best Female Playback Singer  • Nishi Padma
("Ore Sakol Sona Molin Holo")
 • Jay Jayanti
("Amader Chhuti Chhuti")
Bengali Sandhya Mukherjee A plaque
Best Screenplay Pratidwandi Bengali Satyajit Ray INR5,000 and a plaque
Best Cinematography (Black and White) Uski Roti Hindi K. K. Mahajan INR5,000 and a plaque
Best Cinematography (Color) Mera Naam Joker Hindi Radhu Karmarkar 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, Oriya 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 Malyadan Producer: Ajoy Kar and Bimal Dey INR5,000
Director: Ajoy Kar Silver Medal
Best Feature Film in Hindi Anand Producer: Hrishikesh Mukherjee and N.C. Sippy INR5,000
Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee Silver Medal
Best Feature Film in Kannada Naguva Hoovu Producer: R. N. Sudarshan INR5,000
Director: R. N. K. Prasad Silver Medal
Best Feature Film in Malayalam Ezhuthatha Katha Producer: Jai Maruthy Pictures INR5,000
Director: A. B. Raj Silver Medal
Best Feature Film in Marathi Mumbaicha Jawai Producer: Tushar Pradhan INR5,000
Director: Raja Thakur Silver Medal
Best Feature Film in Tamil Raman Ethanai Ramanadi Producer and Director: P. Madhavan INR5,000 and Silver Medal
Best Feature Film in Telugu Desamante Manushuloyi Producer: K. M. K. Naidu and G. K. Naidu INR5,000
Director: C. S. 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 Film on Social Documentation Latest English Producer: M/s. Film-O-Pub INR5,000 and a medal
Director: Biplab Ray Chaudhari 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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