17th National Film Awards

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17th National Film Awards
Awarded forBest of Indian cinema in 1969
Presented byMinistry of Information and Broadcasting
Presented on21 November 1970 (1970-11-21)
SiteUniversity Centenary Auditorium, Madras
Official websitedff.nic.in
Highlights
Best Feature FilmBhuvan Shome
Dadasaheb Phalke AwardDevika Rani
Most awardsBhuvan Shome (3)

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]

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]

Award Awardee(s) Awarded As Cash Prize
Dadasaheb Phalke Award Devika Rani Chaudhuri Roerich Actress 11,000, 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]

Award Film Language Awardee(s) Cash Prize
Best Feature Film Bhuvan Shome Hindi Producer: Mrinal Sen Gold Medal and 20,000
Director: Mrinal Sen
Second Best Feature Film Dibratrir Kabya Bengali Producer: M/s. Nabik Productions 5,000 and a medal
Director: Bimal Bhowmick 2,000 and a plaque
Director: Narayan Chakraborty
Best Feature Film on National Integration Saat Hindustani Hindi Producer: Khwaja Ahmad Abbas 5,000 and a medal
Director: Khwaja Ahmad Abbas
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 5,000 and a plaque
Best Music Direction Nanak Nam Jahaz Hai Punjabi S. Mohinder 5,000 and a plaque
Best Male Playback Singer Aradhana
(For the song "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
(For the song "Aandhi Aaye Ki Toofan")
Hindi Kaifi Azmi A plaque
Best Screenplay Gejje Pooje Kannada S. R. Puttanna Kanagal 5,000 and a plaque
Best Cinematography (Black and White) Sara Akash Hindi K. K. Mahajan 5,000 and a plaque
Best Cinematography (Color) Shanti Nilayam Tamil Marcus Bartley 5,000 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. The producer and director of the film were awarded with 5,000 and a Silver medal, respectively.[1][2]

Award Film Awardee(s)
Producer Director
Best Feature Film in Assamese Dr. Bezbarooah M/s Rangghar Cine Productions Brajen Baruah
Best Feature Film in Bengali Natun Pata M/s Gora Pictures Dinen Gupta
Best Feature Film in Gujarati Kanku Kantilal Rathod Kantilal Rathod
Best Feature Film in Hindi Satyakam Sher Jeng Singh Punchee Hrishikesh Mukherjee
Best Feature Film in Kannada Gejje Pooje Chithra Jyothi S. R. Puttanna Kanagal
Best Feature Film in Malayalam Adimakal M. O. Joseph K. S. Sethumadhavan
Best Feature Film in Marathi Tambdi Mati Lilabai Bhalji Pendharkar Bhalji Pendharkar
Best Feature Film in Oriya Adina Megha Babulal Doshi Amit Maitra
Best Feature Film in Punjabi Nanak Nam Jahaz Hai Pannalal Maheshwary Ram Maheshwary
Best Feature Film in Tamil Iru Kodugal Producer: N. Selvaraj K. Balachander
Producer: B. Doraisamy
Producer: N. Krishan
Producer: V. Govindarajan
Best Feature Film in Telugu Aadarsa Kutumbam N. Trivikrama Rao Adurthi Subba Rao

Non-Feature films[edit]

Following were the awards given:[1][2]

Short films[edit]

Award Film Language Awardee(s) Cash Prize
Best Information Film (Documentary) Amrita Sher-Gil English Producerr: B. D. Garga 5,000 and a medal
Director: B. D. Garga
Best Educational / Instructional Film Life English Producer: K. L. Khandpur for Films Division 5,000 and a medal
Director: S. Gangooii 2,000 and a plaque
Best Animation Film Umbrella English Producer: G. K. Gokhale for Films Division 5,000 and a medal
Director: B. R. Shendge 2,000 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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "17th National Film Awards". International Film Festival of India. Archived from the original on 20 October 2012. Retrieved 26 September 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "17th National Film Awards (PDF)" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 26 September 2011.

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