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Adoor flays Jha over Devgan award

George Iype in Kochi and Syed Firdaus Ashraf in Mumbai | July 31, 2003 16:17 IST

Adoor GopalakrishnanTheNational Film Awards have landed in controversy yet again.

After last year's ruckus involving Bollywood actress Raveena Tandon, it isdirector Adoor Gopalakrishnan's turnto now raise queries about the conduct of the awards.

Gopalakrishnan believes it was "improper and immoral" fordirector Prakash Jha to head the National Films Awards jury because the best actor award was given to Bollywood starAjay Devgan, who is acting in Jha's film Gangajal.

Devgan was adjudged best actor for his performance in Rajkumar Santoshi's Legend of Bhagat Singh.

Jha headed the 23-memberjury whose other memberswere M M Alex, K S L Swamae, film historian S Theodore Bhaskaran, Kiran Ghai, actor Mukesh Khanna, Biju Vishwanath, Manoj Tiwari, Shyama Prasad, filmmaker Arun Kaul, Nasir Mohammad, Quraishi, Saibal Chatterjee, Amitabh Parashar, critic Swapan Mullick, Sreelekha Mukherjee, Biplab Ray Chaudhuri, Oriya film-maker Nirad Mahapatra, Mrinal Kanti Das, Zoobi Amar, actor Raza Murad,journalist Rauf Ahmed, actor Dinyar Contractor and Gautam Kaul, former police officer and film critic.

Jha's conduct aschairmanof the National Film Awards jury was "against the very ethics of the jury," Gopalakrishnan, whoselatest film Nizhalkoothu was adjudgedthe best Malayalam feature film at the National Film Awards, alleged.

According to thedirector, whoheaded the jury some years ago, jury membershave to give an undertaking that they do not have any connection with the entries screened for the awards. "If Jha suppressed the fact, it amounts to a violation of the covenant and is immoral."

Gopalakrishnan saiddirector Amol Palekar, who was to head the jury last year, didnot take up the assignmentbecause afilmhe had acted in was to be screened before the jury.

"You ask the director of the film festival. It is not my decision to getthis post,"Jha told rediff.comin response to Gopalakrishnan's allegations.

Refusing to discussthe controversy, the director of the well-receivedDamul said, "Keep the dignity and sanctity of the award. Let whatever Adoor says be published. I don't want to comment. For me the chapter is closed. Let us talk about something progressive. One week has passedsince the awards were given. There are so many
things to do in life. We should move forward."

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Sub: National Award

I agree taht Prakash Jha shouldn't have been on the panel when Ajay Devgan (whom he has to judge) is working in his movie. However ...

Posted by ASUDHISH

Sub: Adoor flays Jha: Devgan Awards

I read all comments with interest. I am surprised to see why some people do not understand that 'It is the ethics stupid'. Adoor is ...

Posted by Pramod Bhanti

Sub: national award

congratulation mr. ajay,we pray for next year

Posted by shaiju

Sub: Adoor is right, and Oduvil deserves it!!

What ever Adoor says is authentic and the reason is that national award is should not be an easy job as what Ajay did in ...

Posted by Deepti

Sub: Adoor is right, and Oduvil deserves it!!

What ever Adoor says is authentic and the reason is that national award is should not be an easy job as what Ajay did in ...

Posted by Deepti



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