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‘National Awards are complete farce this year’

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by March 29, 2016 General

Director Gurvinder Singh, whose internationally acclaimed Punjabi film Chauthi Koot has been honoured with a National Film Award, says regional cinema has been neglected this year in favour of “commercial films”. He feels the Awards this year are a “complete farce”.

Chauthi Koot , which has been screened at various international film festivals, including the 2015 Cannes International Film Festival and Singapore International Film Festival, was named as the Best Punjabi Film at the 63rd National Film Awards on Monday.

Singh says the National Award for his movie was “expected”.

“All the main awards have gone to commercial films. Baahubali , which is a totally crap film, has got the Best Film award. I think it is a BJP award, and not National Award,” Singh said.

“All the art films have been neglected this time. The National Awards are mainly meant for regional cinema, but they have been completely neglected this time. Overall, all the awards have gone to Bollywood,” said Singh, pointing to the victory of films like Baahubali: The Beginning , Tanu Weds Manu Returns , Piku , Bajrangi Bhaijaan, and Bajirao Mastani .

On social media platforms, the winners got a lot of flak. —IANS

All the main awards have gone to commercial films. Baahubali , which is a totally crap film

Gurvinder Singh,

Director

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