President Ram Nath Kovind expresses disappointment over Nation Awards controversy

President's Role Cut Short National Film Award Winners May Skip Event

The award recipients boycotted the award after they were told at the last-minute that President Ram Nath Kovind would only present the award to 11 recipients out of a total of 140.

The film artists from Kerala are leading the protests. Most of the people who abstained from the ceremony on Thursday comprised the majority of those two lakh.

The function is scheduled at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi this evening. "We miss her & today we miss her even more", he added.

Mr Kovind said, India is gaining traction as a film-making destination and the success of several India-based films has attracted many worldwide studios.

The decision is being seen as unprecedented, as National Awards has always been given by the President to all awardees. Everybody should be given [either] by the president or the ministers. "This kind of discrimination is very wrong".

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For those who say that there was no need for "unnecessary" controversy, we must look at the artistes' point of view as well.

Awardees question the last minute development, considering the letter and invite sent to them by the government had clearly mentioned that they will be presented with the award by President Ram Nath Kovind. While the remaining would be given away by Information and Broadcasting Minister, Smriti Irani and Minister of State, Rajyavardhan Rathore. The National Award is our nation's highest recognition, being recognized at Hon. "In a way, I am glad that she gave the award to me".

Actor Pankaj Tripathi, who received a Special Mention for Amit Masurkar's Hindi film Newton, was also simply happy to get the honour. The President should present us the award. Award is an award. "I don't understand what the fuss is about", he told ANI after the award ceremony. We should be able to reside in people's hearts.

Kaushik feels the National Awards were politicised when they were given away by Smriti Irani.

"A lot of people were absent". Irani too spoke to filmmakers on Wednesday, trying to assuage their feelings. The awardees in an open letter announced that they would skip the ceremony and it was signed by recipients, including singer KJ Yesudas, filmmaker Nagraj Manjule, and filmmaker Prasad Oak. "I feel there is no system", she opines.

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Ministry sources claimed that from next year the President would only give away the Dada Saheb Phalke Award.

Central Board of Film Certification chief Prasoon Joshi said it's a national honour. I do not know if it was special for all of them but I'm sure it was special for some. "I was so excited", she said. "It took us a lot of time to process what had actually happened". But we are not boycotting the award itself.

"These are institutions that were created over the years bit by bit".

Meenakshi Shedde is South Asia Consultant to the Berlin Film Festival, award-winning critic, curator to festivals worldwide and journalist.

There was another change in the ceremony. He would get exhausted standing, his feet and hands would hurt, he'd take a break and continue giving out the awards to the recipients right to the end.

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