2006 National film awards, which was supposed to have been announced on May 12 was entangled in legal mess and mired in controversies. Shyamli Banerjee Deb, a jury member had filed a law suit in Delhi high court, alleging that the awards were fixed by government officials.
While Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s acclaimed Black has been chosen to receive the best film award, Deb found it to be a wrong choice.
Arguing that Black is an adaptation of hit English film The Miracle Worker (1962), Deb said in the petition filed by Counsel Deepak Prakash that “a film which is an adaptation of a foreign film should not be considered since the awards are meant for only original work”.
During the arguments, Prakash alleged that two officials of the Directorate of Film Festivals (DFF), Shanker Mohan and Manoj Srivastava, had imposed the names of the awardees on jury board chair B. Sarija Devi during a meeting held at Ashoka Hotel in New Delhi on Aug 12, 2006.[Court lifts ban on declaring National Film Awards ]
Delhi high court vacated the stay yesterday.
The Delhi High Court today gave a go ahead to the Centre for announcing the 53rd National Film Awards that was stayed four months ago following a controversy over selection of films.Justice B D Ahmed lifted the stay over announcement of honours in certain categories and allowed the Information and Broadcasting Ministry to declare the awards, primarily slated to be announced on May 12.[HC go ahead to National Film awards ]
Now that the stay is vacated, we should brace ourselves for what comes next.