Winner of 16 National Awards, Gopalakrishnan said that if the president had only an hour to spare, the ceremony should have been conducted over two days.
Boycott of National Awards 'natural and understandable': Filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan
Thiruvananthapuram - 08 May 2018 10:54 IST
Veteran filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan says the sentiments of those who boycotted the National Film Awards ceremony as a mark of resentment that the president was handing only 11 of the honours, are natural and understandable.
Gopalakrishnan, who in his glittering career extending close to five decades, has won 16 National Awards, said on Monday (7 May), "The feelings that they expressed are only natural and are understandable."
"If the president is able to be present for one hour only, then the programme could be held over two days. Everyone would certainly wish to receive the award from the president," added the 76-year-old, who is a Padma Shri and Padma Vibhushan awardee.
Last week, president Ram Nath Kovind gave away the awards to just 11 winners, while the rest of those who attended the event received the honour from minister of information and broadcasting Smriti Irani.
From among the fairly big contingent of award winners from the Malayalam film industry, veteran playback singer KJ Yesudas and director Jayaraj, after expressing their displeasure against the changed plans, went and collected their awards.