National Film Awards 2018: Over 60 National Film Awards recipients have decided to not attend the award distribution ceremony here on Thursday as President Ram Nath Kovind will be giving away only 11 awards, breaking from a long-held tradition, which they have condemned it as a “breach of trust”.
The filmmakers and artistes from across the country have written a letter addressed to the Directorate of Film Festival, President’s office,and the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to express that they feel “dejected rather than honoured” for their work. Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani is slated to give away the remainder of the 137 awards.
It was on Wednesday that the awardees were informed that a large segment of the awards will not be presented by the President. They discussed the matter with Irani the same evening and were promised a reply.
“In the circumstance of not receiving a response for our grievance, we are left with no option but to be absent for the ..
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