4th National Film Awards

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4th National Film Awards
Awarded forBest of Indian cinema in 1956
Awarded byDr Rajendra Prasad
(President of India)
Presented byMinistry of Information and Broadcasting
Presented on28 April 1957 (1957-04-28)
SiteVigyan Bhavan, New Delhi
Official websitedff.nic.in
Highlights
Best Feature FilmKabuliwala
Most awards • Kabuliwala
 • Tenali Ramakrishna (2)

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]

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

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

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "4th National Film Awards". International Film Festival of India. Archived from the original on 20 October 2012. Retrieved 2 September 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "4th National Film Awards (PDF)" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 2 September 2011.

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