The National Films Awards are also known as the State Awards for films. These awards are presented by the Government of India, and specifically by the Ministry Of Information and Broadcasting. The 4th
National Film Awards were held to commemorate the achievements of various filmmakers during the year, 1956. The award function took place on 28 April 1957 at Vigya Bhavan,
New Delhi. Dr Rajendra Prasad, the then President of India, handed out the awards to filmmakers. These awards are given by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. More information about these awards can be found on dff.nic.in.
1957 is considered to be an amazing year for movies. Many classic films were released, and it was really hard to tell which picture deserves the honours. Tenali Ramakrishna and Kabulwala received two awards each. These two movies received the most awards at the ceremony. The awards were divided into two categories; non-feature and feature films. The National Film Award For The Best Feature Film was during the earlier parts of the function known as the President's Gold Medal for the All India Best Feature Film.
The awards for feature films were being awarded at both national and state or regional level. Kabuliwala, which was nominated from Bengal along with the Telugu movie Tenali Ramakrishna, won the most awards at the ceremony. Kabuliwala received the President's Gold Medal for the All India Best Feature Film. It is produced by Charuchitra. Tapan Sinha is the director of the Bengali movie.
All India Certificate Of Merit was given to Bandhan, a Hindi movie, produced by Sircar and directed by Hem Chunder. Tenali Ramakrishna also received the same honour. It is produced by Vikram Productions and is directed by B.S. Ranga. Jaldeep was awarded the All India Certificate Of Merit for Best Children's Film. It is directed by
Kidar Sharma and is produced by Children's Film Society. Kannada, Hindi and Tamil pictures did not receive the silver medal, but they did get the certificate of merit. Marathi, Malayalam and Assamese movies returned empty handed, as they did not manage to bag even one award.