|15th National Film Awards|
|Awarded for||Best of Indian cinema in 1967|
|Awarded by||Zakir Hussain|
(President of India)
|Presented by||Ministry of Information and Broadcasting|
|Presented on||25 November 1968|
|Site||Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi|
|Best Feature Film||Hatey Bazarey|
|Most awards|| • Chiriyakhana|
• Upkar (2)
The 15th National Film Awards, presented by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, India to felicitate the best of Indian Cinema released in 1967. Ceremony took place at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi on 25 November 1968 and awards were given by then President of India, Zakir Hussain.
With 15th National Film Awards, format of awards has been changed, which includes introduction of new awards and categorisation. Unlike earlier, films then categorised into feature films and short films. Feature films awards were continued with All India Awards and Regional Awards but couple of more awards were introduced at the all India level to honour artists and technicians.
Major awards introduced for feature films starting with 15th National Film Awards includes awards for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Music Direction, Best Playback Singer of the Year and Best Screenplay.
Starting 15th National Film Awards, Short films had their own share of awards which introduced seven new awards for various types/genre of short films made in the country, including Best Promotional Film, Best Educational / Instructional Film, Best Film on Social Documentation etc.
Certificate of Merit in all the categories is discontinued with 15th National Film Awards, which also led to discontinuation of second and third film/documentary, again in all the categories, except Second Best Feature Film.
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 15th National Film Awards, central committee was headed by R. K. Nehru.
- Jury Members: Central
- Jury Members: Documentary
- Jury Members: Short Films
- Jury Regional: Bombay
- Jury Regional: Calcutta
- Jury Regional: Madras
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 were awarded at All India as well as regional level. For 15th National Film Awards, a Bengali film Hatey Bazarey won the President's Gold Medal for the All India Best Feature Film, whereas a Bengali film Chiriyakhana and two Hindi films, Hamraaz and Upkar won the maximum number of awards (two). Following were the awards given in each category:
All India Award
|Name of Award||Name of Film||Language||Awardee(s)||Awards|
|Best Feature Film||Hatey Bazarey||Bengali||Producer: Asim Dutta||Gold Medal, ₹20,000 and a plaque|
|Director: Tapan Sinha||₹5,000 and a plaque|
|Second Best Feature Film||Upkar||Hindi||Producer: R. N. Goswami||₹5,000 and a plaque|
|Director: Manoj Kumar||Silver Medal|
|Best Actor|| • Antony Firingee |
|Bengali||Uttam Kumar||A figurine|
|Best Actress||Raat Aur Din||Hindi||Nargis Dutt||A figurine|
|Best Cinematography (Black and White)||Bambai Raat Ki Bahon Mein||Hindi||Ramachandra||₹5,000 and a plaque|
|Best Cinematography (Color)||Hamraaz||Hindi||M. N. Malhotra||₹5,000 and a plaque|
|Best Direction||Chiriyakhana||Bengali||Satyajit Ray||₹5,000 and a plaque|
|Best Music Direction||Kandan Karunai||Tamil||K. V. Mahadevan||₹5,000 and a plaque|
|Best Playback Singer of the Year||Upkar ("Mere Desh Ki Dharti")||Hindi||Mahendra Kapoor||A plaque|
|Best Screenplay||Agniputhri||Malayalam||S. L. Puram Sadanandan||₹10,000|
The awards were given to the best films made in the regional languages of India. For feature films in Assamese, English, Gujarati, Kashmiri and Oriya language, President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film was not given.
|Name of Award||Name of Film||Awardee(s)||Awards|
|Best Feature Film in Bengali||Arogya Niketan||Producer: Aurora Film Corp Pvt Ltd.||₹5,000|
|Director: Bijoy Bose||Silver Medal|
|Best Feature Film in Hindi||Hamraaz||Producer and Director: B. R. Chopra||Silver Medal and ₹5,000|
|Best Feature Film in Kannada||Bangarada Hoovu||Producer and Director: B. A. Arasa Kumar||Silver Medal and ₹5,000|
|Best Feature Film in Malayalam||Anveshichu Kandethiyilla||Producer: Ravi||₹5,000|
|Director: P. Bhaskaran||Silver Medal|
|Best Feature Film in Marathi||Santh Wahate Krishnamai||Producer: Sahakari Chitrapath Sanstha Ltd.||₹5,000|
|Director: M. G. Pathak||Silver Medal|
|Best Feature Film in Oriya||Arundhati||Producer: Dhiren Patnaik||₹5,000|
|Director: Prafulla Sengupta||Silver Medal|
|Best Feature Film in Punjabi||Sutlej De Kande||Producer and Director: P. P. Maheshwary||Silver Medal and ₹5,000|
|Best Feature Film in Tamil||Aalayam||Producer: M/s. Sunbeam, Madras||₹5,000|
|Director: Thirumalai and Mahalingam||Silver Medal|
|Best Feature Film in Telugu||Sudigundalu||Producer: Chakravarthi Chitra||₹5,000|
|Director: Adurthi Subba Rao||Silver Medal|
|Name of Award||Name of Film||Language||Awardee(s)||Awards|
|Best Information Film (Documentary)||India '67||Music only||Producer and Director: P. Sukhdev||₹5,000|
|Best Educational / Instructional Film||Akbar||English||Producer: J. S. Bhownagary for Films Division||₹5,000|
|Director: Shanti S. Varma||₹2,000|
|Best Film on Social Documentation||I am 20||English||Producer: J. S. Bhownagary and K. L. Khandpur for Films Division||₹5,000|
|Director: S. N. S. Sastry||₹2,000|
|Best Promotional Film (Commercial)||The Brown Diamond||English||Producer: M/s. Krishnaswamy Associates |
Director: S. Krishnaswamy
|Best Promotional Film (Non-Commercial)||Sandesh||Hindi||Producer: J. S. Bhownagary and K. L. Khandpur for Films Division |
Director: Omprakash Sharma
|Best Experimental Film||Through The Eyes of a Painter||English||Producer: J. S. Bhownagary for Films Division||₹5,000|
|Creator: M. F. Husain||₹2,000|
|Best Animation Film||Inquiry||Music only||Producer and Director: C. T. Baptista||₹5,000|