Finally Pankaj Tripathy, Amit Masurkar and many other recipients of the National film awards 2018 who had earlier decided to boycott the awards function on Thursday evening after the President’s declaration of severely limited attendance, finally did attend the function.
Says one of the winners, “Finally more awardees attended than boycotted the ceremonies. Pankaj Tripathiji and the Newton director Amit Masurkar attended and happily took their award from Ms Smriti Irani. But about 65 winners stayed away. Kaushik Ganguly whose Bengali film Nagarkirtan won the Special Jury award decided to stay away. But he ‘allowed’ his film’s leading man Riddhi Sen to attend and collect his award. How generous of him.”
The most glaring absence was Parvathy TK who won a special jury award for the Malayalam film Take Off. Taking the film’s title too seriously she chose to leave rather than receive her award for Smriti Irani.
A source from the National awards committee says, “It was very unfair churlish and childish of those who boycotted the function.Smriti Irani personally pleaded with the President to spare more time for the National awards function. But he wouldn’t budge.”