18th National Film Awards

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18th National Film Awards
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18th National Film Awards
Awarded forBest of Indian cinema in 1970
Awarded byIndira Gandhi
(Prime Minister of India)
Presented byMinistry of Information and Broadcasting
Official websitedff.nic.in
Best Feature FilmSamskara
Dadasaheb Phalke AwardB. N. Sircar
Most awards • Dastak
 • Mera Naam Joker
 • Pratidwandi (3)

The 18th National Film Awards were held in Chennai, India in November 1971 by the Indian Ministry of Information and Broadcasting for Indian films released in 1970.[1][2] The awards were presented by then Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi.


The award winners were chosen by four juries, one each for the Bombay, Calcutta and Madras regions and a central jury for all India. For the 18th National Film Awards the central jury was headed by Justice G. D. Khosla.[1][2]


Awards were given to feature films and non-feature films.

The top national award in each category was the President's Gold Medal and, at the regional level, the President's Silver Medal.

Lifetime Achievement Award[edit]

Name of Award Awardee(s) Awarded As Awards
Dadasaheb Phalke Award B. N. Sircar Producer 11,000, a shawl and a plaque

Feature films[edit]

The Kannada film Samskara won the President's Gold Medal for the All India Best Feature Film. Three award each went to the Hindi films, Dastak and Mera Naam Joker, and to the Bengali film Pratidwandi.[1][2]

All India Award[edit]

Award recipients:[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 40,000
Second Best Feature Film Pratidwandi Bengali Producer: Nepal Dutta and Asim Dutta 15,000 and a medal
Director: Satyajit Ray 5,000 and a plaque
Best Feature Film on National Integration Thurakkatha Vaathil Malayalam Producer: A. Raghunath 30,000 and a medal
Director: P. Bhaskaran 10,000 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 5,000 and a plaque
Best Music Direction Dastak Hindi Madan Mohan 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 5,000 and a plaque
Best Cinematography (Black and White) Uski Roti Hindi K. K. Mahajan 5,000 and a plaque
Best Cinematography (Color) Mera Naam Joker Hindi Radhu Karmakar 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 Assamese, English, Gujarati, Kashmiri, Oriya and Punjabi language, the resident'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 5,000
Director: Ajoy Kar Silver Medal
Best Feature Film in Hindi Anand Producer: Hrishikesh Mukherjee and N.C. Sippy 5,000
Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee Silver Medal
Best Feature Film in Kannada Naguva Hoovu Producer: R. N. Sudarshan 5,000
Director: R. N. K. Prasad Silver Medal
Best Feature Film in Malayalam Ezhuthatha Katha Producer: Jai Maruthy Pictures 5,000
Director: A. B. Raj Silver Medal
Best Feature Film in Marathi Mumbaicha Jawai Producer: Tushar Pradhan 5,000
Director: Raja Thakur Silver Medal
Best Feature Film in Tamil Raman Ethanai Ramanadi Producer and Director: P. Madhavan 5,000 and Silver Medal
Best Feature Film in Telugu Desamante Manushuloyi Producer: K. M. K. Naidu and G. K. Naidu 5,000
Director: C. S. Rao Silver Medal

Non-Feature films[edit]

The award recipients were:[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 5,000 and a medal
Director: Biplab Ray Chaudhari 2,000 and a plaque

Awards not given[edit]

The following awards not given:[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "18th 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 "18th National Film Awards (PDF)" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 26 September 2011.

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