National film awards function today plagued by controversy

07 May, 2018, 15:11 | Author: Rachel Mcdaniel
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Individual winners, however, did not shy away from using the phrase.

I&B minister Smriti Irani, Minister of State, I&B Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, and the I&B ministry's secretary Narendra Kumar Sinha will present the award to the rest. Every President has stood there for three hours personally giving the award to every victor. Yet, the National Awards have always cut through the clutter and been considered awards of high honour, perhaps more than all other film awards, given that the President usually confers it himself.

About 65 winners stayed away from accepting the awards, the most glaring absence was Parvathy T.K. who won a special jury award for the Malayalam film Take Off. Malayalam cinema won 11 major awards, Hindi cinema only eight in comparison; Bengali and Assamese cinema won five each; Marathi cinema won four; Tamil and Telugu cinema won three each.

Local media quoted communication from the president's office said it was known that the president attends all award functions for not more than an hour. In response, the Rashtrapati Bhavan attempted to justify the change by issuing a statement that said, "The President attends the award functions and convocation maximum for one hour".

The 65th National Film Awards ceremony was held at the Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi on Thursday.

Veteran actor Vinod Khanna has been named for the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for his lifetime contribution. Her husband Boney Kapoor and daughters Janhavi and Khushi received the award from the President.

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Assamese film, Village Rockstars was adjudged the best film.

Jayaraj and playback singer K.J. Yesudas were the only Malayalis to receive the awards. "Not to undermine any minister but it's the biggest recognition that an artiste gets from his or her nation and it's given by the president", Mehta said.

He stressed the need to build on the process and create jobs and opportunities for the creative and talented young people.

Despite I&B ministry knowing Prez couldn't give all awards, it sent out invites saying he would.

This year, departed star Sridevi was adjudged best actress for her film Mom while Newton was declared best Hindi film. He said, it is an expression of Indian soft power and has a transcontinental footprint.

We boarded the same flight - my parents, Kaushik and Reshmi Sen, director of Nagarkirtan Kaushik Ganguly, director of Mayurakshi Atanu Ghosh and the other awardees of the two teams - and reached Delhi on May 2. In fact, they were told about the same on Wednesday that a majority of them will be felicitated by the Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani and only 11 winners will be felicitated by the President. This is what she's got after working for 50 years in the industry, she would've cherished this award all her life. The group who staged the walk-out had written a letter the day before, which was read out by Chaitanya Prasad, Additional Director General, Director of Film Festival.


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