The 65th National Film Awards is all set to take place today at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi and the event is in the news for all the wrong reasons. According to media reports, this year’s winners have decided to boycott the award ceremony. All 69 recipients have sent a letter to Chaitanya Prasad, Additional Director General, Directorate of Film Festivals, stating that they are boycotting the awards. Wondering why? Well, reportedly, President Ram Nath Kovind has decided to spend only one hour at the award events and he is likely to hand over awards only to eleven winners.
Well, this has left winners upset as the rest of the ceremony will be carried by Smriti Irani, the Information and Broadcasting Minister. Several celebrities have slammed this move as they think it a prestigious event and they have always dreamt of collecting the award from the President.
Among the awardees are Fahadh Faasil for Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum and Parvathy for Take Off. The celebrities who have signed the letter on boycotting the event are actors Parvathy and Fahaadh Faasil; Prasad Devineni, co-producer of Baahubali; Chezhiyan, director Tamil film To Let among others.
“…at the end of the day we feel dejected rather than honoured for our work,” the artistes say in an impassioned letter addressed to the President and the government.
The letter also states that the celebrities do not intend to boycott the award, but not attending the ceremony to convey their discontent and are awaiting a more just solution.
“Newton” producer Manish Mundra, whose film has won the National Award for best Hindi film, tweeted: “The whole inherent and intrinsic value of #NationalFilmAwards is due to the fact that it’s being given away by (the President). Otherwise it’s just one amongst the other many film awards mushrooming across the country! #NationalFilmAwards,” he tweeted.
The whole inherent and intrinsic value of #NationalFilmAwards is due to the fact that it’s being given away by @rashtrapatibhvn Otherwise it’s just one amongst the other many film awards mushrooming across the country! #NationalFilmAwards
— Manish Mundra (@ManMundra) May 3, 2018