The Jury for 57th National Film awards chose Resul Pookkutty for Best audiography for his work in Pazhassi Raja. Resul, kind gentleman that he is, in a magnanimous gesture wrote to the jury that he wanted to share the award with his colleague Amrit Preetam Dutta, who assisted Resul in the movie Pazhassi Raja.
Now, we implore Mr.Amitabh Bachan to do a similar gesture. Mr.Bachan should share the award with Sasi Kozhikode, who would have won the award if he had worn the latex mask. This way, both Ranjith and the Bachchan clan would be happy.
Now Roshan Andrews has challenged Ranjith’s latex mask assertion. He said that we should just swallow the blue pill and go down the rabbit hole without questioning the jury. He said there is always a controversy and it reflects poorly on Malayali culture.
Really? Why should we Malayalis accept what the jury says? We have a strong case with Paleri Manikyam, Pazhassi Raja and Kutti Sranku. So it is not just an emotional argument. Second, “culture wise”, we have bigger problems to handle, like ranking high in suicide, drinking like world is going to end, bandh and hartal if Saddam Hussein is hanged, a money order economy, Peedanam, Vanibham etc. Compared to that in the cultural pecking order, a protest for a national award ranks right above issues like why Suraj Venjaramoodu was cast in Gulumaal.
So let us protest. Unless of course Mr. Bachchan is willing to share his award with Pazhassi Raja.
KR Mohanan and Shaji N Karun had a public spat on Satellite Television over the National awards. Mohanan commented that Reliance Big Pictures, producers of Kutty Srank bought the award for that movie. Shaji N Karun was enraged at that assertion.
Now look at this. Producer of Paa is AB Corp and Reliance Big Pictures. Producer of Kutty Sranku is Reliance Big Pictures. So who is the real award winner?
We at VC love National Awards, we wish there were more of them.