Winners say 'No' to Smriti Irani, insist on receiving from President

INDIA-PRESIDENT

In a needless controversy, the National Film Awards ceremony was boycotted by almost 55 winners after they were told that President Ram Nath Kovind would give away awards to only 11 of the 125 recipients.

This selective way of giving awards, and further breaking away from the 65-year tradition of National Film Awards, clearly angered and hurt numerous industry people who were hoping to receive such an honour from the hands of the President himself.

"The fact that the president will be available at the awards function for one hour was communicated to the organisers weeks in advance", Kovind's press secretary Ashok Malik said. In the first phase, the awards were presented by the I&B minister and her junior minister while in the second phase the President conferred awards on 11 recipients.

A day after the fiasco at the National Film awards function in Delhi, Bengali director Kaushik Ganguly is still smarting under the blow.

Vigyan Bhavan, the venue for the National Film Awards ceremony held on 3 May, wore a forlorn look.

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He added that the National Award was the nation's highest recognition, and being recognised by the President is an honour and a dream.

Rahul Dholakia: one of the reason the National Film Awards are prestigious is because they are handed by the @rashtrapatibhvn -not a minister.

The awards for best Playback Singer under female and male categories went respectively to Sasha Trupati (Vaan) and Yesudas. "But the moment you bring the Minister Of Information & Broadcasting in to the picture you are politicizing the National film awards.And that's a very disturbing thing to do".

About how they proposed to collect their awards after skipping the programme since they had made it clear they were not boycotting the awards, an awardee said their invitation letter had declared the awards would be couriered to them if they did not attend the event. While the entire communication till then stated that the President was to give us the awards as usual.

Former I&B Minister Manish Tewari asked the President to reconsider his decision calling the decision unfortunate. We miss her and today we miss her even more.

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Utpal Borpujari, whose debut feature film Ishu (2017) won the Best Assamese Film award, collected the award at the ceremony but also showed his support to the protesting filmmakers.

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.

Actor Pankaj Tripathi, who received a Special Mention for Amit Masurkar's Hindi film Newton, was also simply happy to get the honour.

President Ramnath Kovind is reportedly upset with the Information & Broadcasting ministry over the mishandling of National Awards that courted a major controversy. The sanctity is in getting it from the President of India, for our hard work. But at the same time, these changes keep happening.

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