First awardees Malaikkallan
First awarded 1955
Total awarded 74
|Category Indian Cinema|
Last awarded 2015
Cash award 100,000 INR (US$1,600)
|Description Best Tamil Feature Film(s) of the year|
Medal Rajat Kamal (Silver Lotus)
Awarded by Directorate of Film Festivals
The National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil is one of the National Film Awards presented annually by the Directorate of Film Festivals, the organisation set up by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, India. It is one of several awards presented for feature films and awarded with Rajat Kamal (Silver Lotus).
The National Film Awards, established in 1954, are the most prominent film awards in India that merit the best of the Indian cinema. The ceremony also presents awards for films in various regional languages.
Awards for films in seven regional language (Bengali, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Tamil and Telugu) started from 2nd National Film Awards which were presented on 21 December 1955. Three awards of "President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film", "Certificate of Merit for the Second Best Feature Film" and "Certificate of Merit for the Third Best Feature Film" were instituted. The later two certificate awards were discontinued from 15th National Film Awards (1967).
The 1954 film, directed by S. M. Sriramulu Naidu, Malaikkallan was honoured with the first president's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film in Tamil. Certificate of Merit for Second and Third Best Feature Films in Tamil were received by Andha Naal and Edhir Paradhathu respectively.
Award includes 'Rajat Kamal' (Silver Lotus Award) and cash prize. Following are the award winners over the years: