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'1957: Key Events

  • The first Communist ministry is formed in Kerala, led by E. M. S. Namboodiripad.
  • Food prices increase by 50% since 1955, forcing the government to import wheat commercially from Australia and to accept aid under the controversial PL 480 agreement with the USA.
  • The Indian Navy purchases the British aircraft carrier Hercules.
  • All-India Radio starts its ‘light entertainment’ Vividh Bharati channel, later becoming its commercial channel, emphasising film-based entertainment.
  • Jagte Raho wins first prize in Karlovy Vary and Aparajito in Venice; Kabuliwala receives a special mention for music in Berlin.
  • Mother India is released.
  • Pardesi is the first Indo-Soviet co-production.
  • Raw stock is declared an essential commodity and its import is centrally controlled. Dealers are forced to declare their stocks.
  • The Cinematograph Bill, intended to start a national film board, production bureau and film institute, is withdrawn.
  • Chidananda Das Gupta, Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen and others start the Indian Film Quarterly.