Priyadarshan, the chairperson of the feature film section for the National Film Awards, says he does not understand why people are questioning his frequent collaborator for Akshay Kumar’s best actor win in the recent National Awards.
Many in social media are attributing Akshay’s win to his close connection with Priyadarshan.
But the director says last year Ramesh Sippy was head of the jury and none questioned his good friend Amitabh Bachchan’s best actor win, so why should he and Akshay be subjected to such allegations.
“I have heard of all that and I will answer it in a simple way. When Ramesh Sippy was jury head Amitabh Bachchan won. When Prakash Jha was head of jury, Ajay Devgn won. So none questioned at that time. So why all these questions are cropping up today,” said by Priyadarshan .
The filmmaker also clarified that Akshay’s performance in ‘Rustom’ and ‘Airlift’ were considered by the jury during the selection process.
However, as only the name of one film could be mentioned, the list featured the courtroom drama ‘Rustom’, he said.
“Akshay was given the best actor on the basis of his performance in two films – ‘Airlift’ and ‘Rustom’. It was the jury’s decision. One performance was dramatic and one was realistic. But according to the rule book, only one film can be mentioned and ‘Rustom’ was mentioned in the list. But the award recognises his performance in both the movies.”
This year saw the dominance of regional cinema at the National Film Awards with Marathi film ‘Kasaav’ winning best feature film, Surabhi CM getting best actress and Rajesh Mapuskar being named best director for Marathi movie ‘Ventilator’.
Bollywood films which managed to score are ‘Pink’ (best film on social issues), ‘Dhanak’ (best children’s film) and ‘Neerja’ (best Hindi film).
Priyadarshan says regional films don’t chase after boxoffice numbers and that is why they are true to their stories and also give social messages.