7th National Film Awards

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7th National Film Awards
Awarded for Best of Indian cinema in 1959
Awarded by Vice-President of India
(Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan)
Presented by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
Presented on May 1, 1960 (1960-05-01)
Site Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi
Official website dff.nic.in
Best Feature Film Apur Sansar
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The 7th 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 the year 1959.[1][2] Ceremony took place at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi on 1 May 1960 and awards were given by then Vice-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 7th National Film Awards, a Bengali film Apur Sansar won the President's Gold Medal for the All India Best Feature Film. Following were the awards given:[1][2]

All India Award[edit]

For 7th National Film awards, none of the films were awarded from Documentary and Children's Films category as no film was found to be suitable, instead only Certificate of Merit was given. Following were the awards given in each category:[1][2]

Name of Award Name of Film Language Awardee(s) Awards
President's Gold Medal for the All India Best Feature Film Apur Sansar Bengali Producer: Satyajit Ray Pvt Ltd. Gold Medal and INR20,000
Director: Satyajit Ray INR5,000
All India Certificate of Merit for Second Best Feature Film Heera Moti Hindi Producer: Pravin Desai Certificate of Merit and INR10,000
Director: Krishnan Chopra INR2,500
All India Certificate of Merit for the Third Best Feature Film Sujata Hindi Producer and Director: Bimal Roy Certificate of Merit only
All India Certificate of Merit for Best Children's Film Banyan Deer English Producer: Films Division
Director: Ahmed Lateef, Shanti Verma and G. G. Saraiya
Certificate of Merit only

Regional Award[edit]

The awards were given to the best films made in the regional languages of India. For 7th National Film Awards, President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film was not given in Bengali, Kannada and Malayalam language; instead Certificate of Merit was awarded in each particular language.[1][2]

Name of Award Name of Film Awardee(s)
Feature Films in Assamese
President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film Puberun Producer: K. C. Roy and Paji Doss
Director: Prabhat Mukherjee
Feature Films in Bengali
Certificate of Merit Bicharak Producer: Arundhati Mukherjee
Director: Prabhat Mukherjee
Feature Films in Hindi
President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film Anari Producer: Lachman B. Lulla
Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee
Feature Films in Kannada
Certificate of Merit Jagat jyothi Basaweswara Producer: G. S. S. Murthy
Director: T. V. Singh Thakore
Feature Films in Malayalam
Certificate of Merit Chathurangam Producer: Capt. (Dr.) G. T. Joshua
Director: J. D. Thottan and D. V. Swamy
Feature Films in Tamil
President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film Bhaaga Pirivinai Producer: G. N. Velumani
Director: A. Bhimsingh
Certificate of Merit Veerapandiya Kattabomman Producer and Director: B. R. Panthalu
Kalyana Parisu Producer: Sarvashri S. Krishnamurthy, T. Govindarajan and C. V. Sridhar
Director: C. V. Sridhar
Feature Films in Telugu
President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film Nammina Bantu Producer: Sambhu Films
Director: Adurthi Subba Rao
Certificate of Merit Maa Inti Mahalakshmi Producer: Navashakthi Films Pvt Ltd.
Director: Gutha Ramineedu
Jayabheri Producer: Vasireddy Narayana Rao
Director: P. Pullaiah

Non-Feature films[edit]

Non-feature film awards were given for the documentaries made in the country. Following were the awards given:[1][2]

Documentaries[edit]

Name of Award Name of Film Language Awardee(s) Awards
All India Certificate of Merit for the Best Documentary Film Kathakali English Producer: Films Division Certificate of Merit and INR2,000
Director: Mohan Wadhwani INR500
Mayurakshi Dam Hindi Producer: Films Division
Director: N. K. Issar
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][2]

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