7th National Film Awards

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7th National Film Awards
Awarded forBest of Indian cinema in 1959
Awarded by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
Presented by Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
(Vice President of India)
Presented on1 May 1960 (1960-05-01)
Site Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi
Official website dff.nic.in
Best Feature Film Apur Sansar

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.

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Awards

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

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

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]

AwardFilmLanguageAwardee(s)Cash Prize
President's Gold Medal for the All India Best Feature Film Apur Sansar Bengali Producer: Satyajit Ray Pvt Ltd.Gold Medal and 20,000
Director: Satyajit Ray 5,000
All India Certificate of Merit for Second Best Feature Film Heera Moti Hindi Producer: Pravin DesaiCertificate of Merit and 10,000
Director: Krishnan Chopra2,500
All India Certificate of Merit for the Third Best Feature Film Sujata HindiProducer: Bimal Roy Certificate of Merit only
Director: Bimal Roy
All India Certificate of Merit for Best Children's Film Banyan Deer English Producer: Films DivisionCertificate of Merit only
Director: Ahmed Lateef
Director: Shanti Verma
Director: G. G. Saraiya

Regional Award

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]

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

Non-Feature films

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

Documentaries

AwardFilmLanguageAwardee(s)Cash Prize
All India Certificate of Merit for the Best Documentary Film Kathakali English Producer: Films Division Certificate of Merit and 2,000
Director: Mohan Wadhwani500
Mayurakshi Dam Hindi Producer: Films DivisionCertificate of Merit only
Director: N. K. Issar

Awards not given

Following were the awards not given as no film was found to be suitable for the award: [1] [2]

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References

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  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "7th National Film Awards (PDF)" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals . Retrieved 4 September 2011.