National Film Awards Controversy Continues in full form in Mollywood

Last day, we saw the 65th National Film Awards giving way for a never before seen kind controversy. As many as 68 artists shunned the awards session, something which happened for the very first time. While a number of artists from Malayalam too joined the bandwagon, however there were some exceptions, including director Jayaraj and singer KJ Yesudas. As those who shunned the award session heavily criticized the ones, who received the awards, it seems like controversies are not in a mood to stop doing business. Earlier, on the day, director – actor Joy Mathew has come forward with a facebook post, criticizing those who boycotted the function. Soon then, yet another director – Dr. K Biju has come forward with an indirect criticism on Joy Mathew.

Joy Mathew was of the opinion that, since the award was considered much coveted, it must have been given due respect. Commenting on the way artists protested, he questioned the actual motive behind those activities. He found no good reason for winners shunning the award session on the reason of being distributed by a Central Minister. Joy Mathew was of the opinion that, had artists dared to turn down the awards based on the chaotic social situation around them, it would have been meaningful. Soon then came Dr. Biju stating that, he had the experience of being abused by some people, over the reason of giving them awards, while he had served as a jury member. He went onto state that he was even abused for his caste. Well, from last day itself, the industry saw a number of people coming forward with polarized opinions.

While people like Lijo Jose Pellissery have supported those who shunned the award session, veterans like Balachandra Menon however were of the opinion that artist should have given respect for the value of the awards. Though he didn’t belittle the wish of artists in getting the award from the President of India, Balachandra Menon maintained that it was an avoidable controversy, which took place this year. Meanwhile, National Award winning cinematographer Nikhil S Praveen has come forward with an interesting note on facebook. Taking social media corners, he did not post the picture, which show him receiving awards from Minister Smriti Irani. Rather he posted a picture, wherein he was seen (symbolically) receiving the National Award from his mother. The young cinematographer added that, he cannot have boycotted the awards session, since it was his maiden session.

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