Why segregation in who gave out film awards?

Why segregation in who gave out film awards?

New Delhi, May 3 Over 60 National Film Awards recipients have chose to not attend the award distribution ceremony here on Thursday as President Ram Nath Kovind will be giving away only 11 awards, breaking from a long-held tradition, which they have condemned it as a "breach of trust". "We have given a signed petition to the directorate of film festivals stating that we will be absent from the ceremony if the awards aren't given by the President", director Indrani Chakraborty, whose Ladakh Chale Rickshawala was named as the Best Exploration/Adventure Film, told the Indian Express. "Unprecedented" is a word that must be used with circumspection when referring to any form of protest in this country, yet over 50 winners of the National Film Awards declining to participate in the awards-presentation ceremony does not speak well of how the information and broadcasting ministry managed an event in which the President featured prominently.

Ashok Malik, press secretary to the president, was quoted by PTI as saying, "President attends all award functions and convocations for a maximum of one hour". It was only during the rehearsal of the awards that the awardees were told that the President would give away only 11 awards.

The award for best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment went to Baahubali 2 (Telugu).

Without commenting on the controversy, the ninth grade student said, "It's my first National Award". It was conveyed to the Information and Broadcasting Ministry several weeks ago and the ministry knew this all along. "She told us she had offered to cut down on her speech so all could be awarded by the President within the time he had given for the function", they said. Among the 11-awards the President gave away were also the two posthumous awards to Sridevi and Vinod Khanna that were collected by their respective families and Best Music Direction to AR Rahman.

"I am extremely happy and proud". Numerous awardees felt that this created a hierarchy in the awards and was also contrary to what their invitation had said.

Ministry sources claimed that from next year the President would only give away the Dada Saheb Phalke Award. "Regional cinema needs to be encouraged because we are people who work without caring about revenues", he said but added that he was satisfied with the award selection process, with regional cinema getting significant representation.

Actor Parvathy, who received the jury's Special Mention for her performance in Take Off said that she was indeed upset at not being able to receive the award from the President.

The Indian Cultural Forum spoke to multiple filmmakers about their decision to boycott of the 65th Nationl Award Ceremony. I learnt of a film called Sinjar made in Jeseri language that won two awards and then there was Village Rockstars, made on a budget of Rs 10 lakh and with a two-member unit, which made it big at the awards. But at the same time, these changes keep happening.

V.C. Abhilash, the director of Alorukkam, which was selected as the most socially relevant film, said that Irani was shameless to present the awards despite the boycott.

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