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The National Film Awards Fixing Controversy

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The 53rd National Film Awards seem to have run into a controversy yet again with a member jury alleging foul play in selecting the winners.

Kolkata-based film critic Shyamli Banerjee, who is member jury of National Awards, has filed a petition in the Delhi High Court levelling charges of corruption and fixing in deciding the 53rd awards.

She has said that the 53rd National Awards has been “hijacked” and there is a nexus of producers, distributors and directors.

“There is a nexus and lot of pressure on the officials from the filmmakers and producers. The way the films were randomly chosen, there had to be some force behind it. I have no proof but I can feel it,” says Banerjee.

Banerjee had earlier written a letter to the Ministry of Information and Broadcast opposing the selection of the jury’s choice for the nominee in best direction category and Indira Gandhi Award for Best First Film – rumoured to have gone to Rahul Dholakia for Parzania and Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s Parineeta respectively.

Banerjee has listed out that Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film Black or it’s actors in the film cannot get the National film Awards as the movie is an adaptation of the film The Miracle Worker and according to the rules no adaptations can be given awards.

Video: Shyamali Banerjee Alleges National Award Jury For Fixing Awards

The 53rd National Awards is for films produced between January 1, 2005 and December 31, 2005.

The Awards ran into a controversy last year also when documentary filmmaker Anand Patwardhan filed a petition in the Bombay High Court.

Patwardhan challenged the entry criteria for the National Awards, which does not allow films without a censor certificate. The Bombay High Court upheld the petition in July this year, but the Directorate of Films later challenged the decision.

However, last month the Supreme Court verdict put aside the Bombay High Court’s decision.

And in a series of speculations on the Awards, earlier it was rumoured that superstar Amitabh Bachchan had bagged the National Award for best actor for Black. The awards were to be announced on the May 12.

With last year being a ‘zero year’ for the Awards and the way it stands now, there may be no recognition of Indian films by the government if the case takes a turn for the worst.

Article Courtesy: IBNLIVE.COM

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