The 65th National Film Awards took place yesterday at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi and the event was in the news for all the wrong reasons. This year’s winners decided to boycott the award ceremony. All 69 recipients had sent a letter to Chaitanya Prasad, Additional Director General, Directorate of Film Festivals, stating that they are boycotting the awards. Well, President Ram Nath Kovind had decided to spend only one hour at the award events and he handed over awards only to eleven winners. Many celebrities skipped attending the award ceremony for the obvious reasons. 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.
Shashaa had bagged the best female playback singer for ‘Vaan varuvaan’ from ‘Kaatru Veliyidai’, directed by Mani Ratnam. Its composer A.R. Rahman also won the music direction National Award for the Tamil film.
However, Shashaa is quite disappointed as the award was not handed over to her by the President. Talking to Times Of India, Shashaa said, “let’s not talk about it. I feel terribly disrespected right now.”
“It’s like the thrill of it is gone now. I was so excited. My father was going to fly down from Vancouver. I am thanking my stars that he didn’t. It would have been such an embarrassment because he would have flown down to see me getting the award from the President. National Awards and the President go hand-in-hand. For 64 years, they have been given by the President. When you speak of the National Award, automatically people visualise the President handing over the award to the recipient,” she added.
AR Rahman had shared a picture of him with Shashaa on Instagram for winning the National Award.