What is the National Film Awards 2018 controversy?

It seems unfortunate that 65 years of tradition are being overturned in a jiffy. Here is all that you should know about the controversy. We along with our family and friends have been eagerly looking forward to this prestigious moment that merits our tireless work and dedication towards our dreams. “President attends all award functions and convocations for a maximum of one hour. We request that the dignity and eminence of this award is maintained and that there is no display of hierarchy at the event. We are disheartened to know that we will be deprived of the honour of this appreciation of a once in a lifetime moment and pride and glory that the National Film Awards had promised us. We are recipients of the 65th National Film Awards, an honour that we consider as the most eminent token of appreciation and encouragement for our work. However, the reason for such a decision this year is still unknown. As per custom, the National Film Awards in all the categories are handed over to the winners by the President of India. Reportedly, 68 awardees planned to boycott the awards, while over 60 awardees wrote an open letter to President Ram Nath Kovind in protest. On Wednesday, a day before the main event, President Kovind’s decision was announced leaving several winners fuming as it is considered a privilege to be awarded by the hands of the President. We do not intend to boycott the award, but not attending the ceremony to convey our discontent and are awaiting a more just solution.”
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© IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd Rashtrapati Bhavan is surprised by the 11th hour questions that have been raised,” said Ashok Malik, press secretary to the President. The letter reads, “Respected Sir, We write to you collectively as filmmakers and artists from various states across our country. In an unlikely case, President of India Ram Nath Kovind will only present awards in 11 categories out of the total 140 winners, at the event being held in New Delhi. What did the President’s office reply? It was announced that President Ram Nath Kovind will present only some awards. It was conveyed to Information and Broadcasting Ministry several weeks ago and the ministry knew this all along. The President’s office issued a statement in response stating that ever since President Ram Nath Kovind has assumed office, he has allotted only one hour to award ceremonies, be it whichever award. Who gave away the awards instead of President Kovind? What is the controversy? When did the controversy erupt? We would like to bring to your notice that we discussed this matter with the Hon’ble I&B Minister last evening and were promised a reply but haven’t heard back from anybody. In the absence of the President, Information & Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani, Minister of State, Information & Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, and Secretary, Information & Broadcasting Narendra Kumar Sinha handed over the awards to the remaining winners. Top News
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The National Film Awards, unlike other awards ceremonies, has been considered as the most pristine and unbiased. How did the winners react? We are disappointed to know that the Hon’ble President will be presenting the Award to just 11 awardees and not the remaining of about 120 of us. We have been invited for the esteemed ceremony with a letter stating that the awards will be presented by the Hon’ble President of India. Chaitanya Prasad, that a large segment of the awards will not be presented by the Hon’ble President of India. It is only a day before the ceremony that we have learnt through Mr. 2018-05-03T19:58:04+05:30″>
Updated: May 3, 2018 7:58:04 pm

The National Film Awards take place in New Delhi. President Ram Nath Kovind with all the winners. This has been the protocol since he took office. We are left with no choice but to express our disappointment and convey to you that, at the end of the day, we feel dejected rather than honoured for our work.