Film critic writes to President to recognise third gender at National Film Awards

Datta also referred to the Supreme Court’s landmark judgement in 2014 in which the apex court recognised the third gender in various aspects by giving them equal rights in the field of education, medical or various work fronts. “I am optimistic that the inclusion of the third gender would enrich these categories.”

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Besides, the film fraternity would be at an advantage collaborating with more individuals with potentials and talents, he said. “Since the government has recognised the third gender in all its government activities, I strongly believe even the National Film Awards should extend their support to encourage this marginalised section of society by including them in its various gender based award categories,” Datta said.×1.png
The National Film Awards, administered by the Indian government’s Directorate of Film Festivals (DFF), already acknowledge three gender marked awards in categories of best actor, best supporting actor and best singer – for both male and female, he said. By: PTI | Guwahati |

December 3, 2020 6:28:29 pm

Utpal Datta is best known for By Lane 2, Through Trust and Fear, Bohubritta and Ji Galpar Ses Nai. Datta, best known for his projects By Lane 2, Through Trust and Fear, Bohubritta and Ji Galpar Ses Nai, said the inclusion will not only embolden the artistes belonging to the third gender but will also help them attain due recognition and social status which they have been deprived of for years. (Photo: Utpal Datta/Facebook)Assamese director and noted critic Utpal Datta says he has written to President Ram Nath Kovind requesting him to include an award for the third gender or transgender people at the National Film Awards. 📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines
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