The producer feels there is no harm in receiving the award by the concerned ministers and not the president.
National Awards controversy: Boney Kapoor doesn't understand what all the fuss is about
Mumbai - 04 May 2018 15:00 IST
Updated : 05 May 2018 12:18 IST
Producer Boney Kapoor, who accepted the Best Actress award for Mom (2017) given posthumously to wife and actress Sridevi, downplayed the controversy surrounding the 65th National Awards held in Delhi yesterday. President Ram Nath Kovind handed over Sridevi's award to Kapoor.
Speaking to ANI news agency, Kapoor said, "I would have been equally happy if the minister of information and broadcasting had given me the award. It is ultimately the recognition of your work. I don’t understand what the fuss is about. There is no harm in receiving the award by the concerned ministry.” Sridevi passed away on 24 February this year after she accidently drowned in the bath tub of her Dubai hotel room.
The 65th National Film Awards ceremony was a departure from tradition of the Indian president handing over the awards to all the winners. Many "hurt" recipients even skipped the ceremony on as president Kovind had time to present only 11 out of 125 awards.
Filmmaker Rahul Dholakia, whose film Parzania (2007) bagged a couple of National Awards, was critical of the president’s decision.
one of the reason the National Film Awards are prestigious is because they are handed by the @rashtrapatibhvn -not a minister. This is a moment of a lifetime for Film makers ; please don’t deprive them of their merit / glory #NationalFilmAwards @smritiirani @Ra_THORe— rahul dholakia (@rahuldholakia) May 3, 2018
Actress Richa Chadha, who starred in Masaan (2015) that won director Neeraj Ghaywan the National Award for Best Debut Film of a director, felt that the government never takes the entertainment industry seriously.
Why is everyone surprised that the National Awards happened the way they did? No government has taken the entertainment industry seriously.They regard it as frivolous,only calling upon it for electoral campaigning or for PSA’s so in effect exploiting it’s reach.If they took (1)— TheRichaChadha (@RichaChadha) May 4, 2018
It seriously as a provider of entertainment,livelihood and revenue, films wouldn’t be suffering the way they https://t.co/1IjCWTBNWt’s a highly taxed industry, which gets no support.Fewer screens each passing year,rampant piracy and now annihilation at the hands of Hollywood (2)— TheRichaChadha (@RichaChadha) May 4, 2018