The 65th National Film Awards took place on April 28th this year and it was reported by a leading tabloid that most awardees were planning to revolt a day prior to the presentation ceremony. During the rehearsals at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi, when the winners learnt that President Ram Nath Kovind would present only 11 awards while former Union Information & Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani and MoS Rajyavardhan Rathore would hand over the rest, many of the winners were disappointed and decided to revolt.
Reports indicate that due to this, not less than 120 awardees decided to skip the ceremony as a way to showcase their displeasure. Praveen Morchhale who bagged the award for Best Film (Ladakhi), Best Sound Design and Best Re-recording for the film,Walking with the Wind, was among these awardees who decided to skip the ceremony. In an interview with Mumbai Mirror, Morchhale told Mirror that they didn’t ‘boycott’ or disrespect anyone but simply skipped it. “We would have been happy if the I&B minister would have presented all the awards instead of a select few being chosen to receive them from the President,” he said.
Now, over a month late, Morchchale hasn’t received his medal and citation yet. He told the leading tabloid, “While I have not officially enquired into the matter, I’m in touch with the other awardees who did not attend the ceremony. A few among them did make some calls to the clerical staff and they were unofficially told that the ministry has yet to arrive at a decision on whether the medal and citation should be couriered to us, we should collect it from the regional offices or have a representative pick it up from Delhi. There have been no calls or emails, no official communication of any kind since May 3.” Well, this is indeed a matter of great disappointment. Watch out this space for more updates.