4th National Film Awards

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4th National Film Awards
Awarded for Best of Indian cinema in 1956
Awarded by President of India
(Dr. Rajendra Prasad)
Presented by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
Presented on April 28, 1957 (1957-04-28)
Site Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi
Official website dff.nic.in
Highlights
Best Feature Film Kabuliwala
Most awards Kabuliwala and Tenali Ramakrishna (2)
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The 4th 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 1956.[1][2] Ceremony took place at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi on 28 April 1957 and awards were given by then President of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad.

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 4th National Film Awards, in this category, Kabuliwala, a Bengali film, along with a Telugu film, Tenali Ramakrishna won the maximum number of awards (two), with former also winning the President's Gold Medal for the All India Best Feature Film. Following were the awards given:[1][2]

All India Award[edit]

For 4th National Film Awards, none of the films were awarded from Children's films category as no film was found to be suitable. Only Certificate of Merit for Children's films was given. Following were the awards given in each category:[1][2]

Name of Award Name of Film Language Awardee(s)
President's Gold Medal for the All India Best Feature Film Kabuliwala Bengali Producer: Charuchitra
Director: Tapan Sinha
All India Certificate of Merit Bandhan Hindi Producer: Sircar Productions
Director: Hem Chunder
Tenali Ramakrishna Telugu Producer: Vikram Productions
Director: B. S. Ranga
All India Certificate of Merit for Best Children's Film Jaldeep Bengali Producer: Children's Film Society
Director: Kidar Sharma

Regional Award[edit]

The awards were given to the best films made in the regional languages of India. For 4th National Film Awards, President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film was not given in Hindi, Kannada and Tamil language; instead Certificate of Merit was awarded in each particular language, whereas no award was given for Assamese, Malayalam and Marathi language films.[1][2]

Name of Award Name of Film Awardee(s)
Feature Films in Bengali
President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film in Bengali Kabuliwala Producer: Charuchitra
Director: Tapan Sinha
Certificate of Merit Mahakavi Girishchandra Producer: Emkeji Productions
Director: Madhu Bose
Ek Din Ratre Producer: R. K. Films
Director: Sombhu Mitra and Amit Maitra
Feature Films in Hindi
Certificate of Merit Basant Bahar Producer: Shri Vishwa Bharati Films
Director: R. Chandra
Feature Films in Kannada
Certificate of Merit Bhakta Vijaya Producer: Jagannath Productions
Director: A. K. Pattabhi
Feature Films in Tamil
Certificate of Merit Kula Deivam Producer: S. K. Pictures
Director: Krishnan-Panju
Feature Films in Telugu
President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film in Telugu Tenali Ramakrishna Producer: Vikram Productions
Director: B. S. Ranga
Certificate of Merit Edi Nijam Producer: Pratibha Productions
Director: Sundaram Balachander

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)
President's Gold Medal for the Best Documentary Film Gotama The Buddha English Producer: Bimal Roy Productions for Films Division
Director: Rajbans Khanna
Certificate of Merit Khajuraho English Producer: Films Division
Director: M. Wadhwani
A Village In Travancore English Producer: Art Films of Asia Private Ltd. for Burmah-Shell
Director: Fali Billimoria

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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