Social Media Reacts To National Film Awards Controversy

Social Media Reacts To National Film Awards Controversy

More than 60 winners of the National Film Awards, including Fahadh Faasil and Parvathy, today said they would skip the ceremony in the evening after a last minute announcement that President Ram Nath Kovind would be presenting only 11 awards, a departure from tradition.

Although as per sources, officials from the Rashtrapati Bhavan did say that going by protocol the President is not supposed to spend over an hour at an award function and that this had been informed to the ministry nearly 3 weeks ago. The furore erupted when it was revealed that President Ram Nath Kovind will be present for only one hour instead of two, and present a total of 11 awards only.

While placing no blame on the President, he wonders why the President couldn't spare ample time to give the awards to everyone. The President was supposed to arrive much later and hand over prestigious 11 awards, and then will have a photo-op with all the winners in groups of 45. Post the ceremony Kapoor told ANI, "I would have been equally happy if the Minister (I&B) had given me the award".

For the 55-odd award recipients who had boycotted the 65th national Film Awards and refused to accept the honours from anyone other than the President, there's no escape. We felt bad because the people who got left out were those raw people, the technicians who are always called first in every award ceremony and edited out in every TV shows.

"The letter added, ". we are left with no option but to be absent for the ceremony. For 64 years, they have been given by the President.

The ceremony is going on at present.

While Rashtrapati Bhavan officials are not denying that the programme was run by the officials concerned, they iterated what Malik said: that the nitty-gritty of an event is decided by the ministry or department concerned.

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Winners feel they have been cheated, and demand the President present the award to all, as has been the convention, or to none.

Shashaa, who bagged the Best Female Playback Singer for "Vaan varuvaan" from "Kaatru Veliyidai", told IANS: "It's like the thrill of it is gone now..."

"Every President, including the lady Pratibha Patil, has patiently given the award to each and every victor". "It has been the practice ever since the president took over that except for Republic Day or very important meetings, he will spend up to an hour at all other functions". "So, we felt unworthy and disrespectful", says Shashaa, who feels that certain specifics should be followed.

There is doubtlessly a certain halo attached to receiving an award from the President which is undeniable.

"The 65th National Film Award winners, including myself, have boycotted the function because this is an unprecedented situation".

Pinarayi said that the union government had not explained why it chose to differentiate among award winners. "That's what I've witnessed at all the National awards I've attended so far.That's the protocol".

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