National Awards are complete farce this year: Director of Chauthi Koot

Updated on Mar 28, 2016 07:54 PM IST

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”. So, he feels it’s all 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 announcement in Delhi on Monday.(YouTube)
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 announcement in Delhi on Monday.(YouTube)
IANS | By, New Delhi

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”. So, he feels it’s all a “complete farce”.

A still from Gurvinder Singh’s Chauthi Koot. (YouTube)
A still from Gurvinder Singh’s Chauthi Koot. (YouTube)

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 announcement in Delhi on Monday.

Read: Film based on story by Canadian Punjabi author enters Cannes festival

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.

Interestingly, apart from the southern magnum opus Baahubali, no other regional film was given a mainstream award this year. On social media platforms, the winners got a lot of flak.
Interestingly, apart from the southern magnum opus Baahubali, no other regional film was given a mainstream award this year. On social media platforms, the winners got a lot of flak.

“It’s a complete farce and 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,” added Singh, pointing to the victory of films like Baahubali: The Beginning, Tanu Weds Manu Returns, Piku, Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Bajirao Mastani.

Interestingly, apart from the southern magnum opus Baahubali, no other regional film was given a mainstream award this year. On social media platforms, the winners got a lot of flak.

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