Today, the 65th National Film Awards ceremony will be held in New Delhi but before that presentation ceremony, it ran into the disagreement. 140 National Film Award winners refused to receive the award from Information & Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani.
Although this award normally is given by President Ram Nath Kovind now he has conveyed that he will visit the ceremony for just an hour. Only, 11 National Film awardee will receive their award from the President including late Vinod Khanna and Sridevi, A R Rahman and actor Riddhi Sen.
However, rest of the awardee who cannot be presented by the President called a boycott of the national ceremony and this protest somewhere causes some serious embarrassment to the government for changing the procedure of award distribution.
While the final rehearsals at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi, all the winners were informed about the President's decision.
According to the Press Secretary of the President, Ashok Malik, “In all the award ceremonies he has attended, he gives away major awards, and takes photographs with all awardees. That has been the standard practice, which has been conveyed to the organizers well in advance.”
He further added, "There are hundreds of winners, and it is not possible to individually hand over awards to all of them. However, at last year’s ceremony, President Pranab Mukherjee had personally handed over all the National Film Awards."
Meanwhile, the National awardee filmmaker while talking to the media said, “It was extremely disrespectful on the part of the organizers to treat the awardees this way. We were informed that we would receive the awards from the President himself, and we have brought our family members with us for the ceremony. But it was only this evening that we were told that only 11 awardees will receive them directly from the President.”
Another filmmaker said, “We have been told that our grievances will be conveyed to the office of the President. We don’t know what to expect. We can take a final call on what has to be done only Thursday morning, based on what we are told by the administration.”
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