Saturday, April 19, 2014

I'm completely baffled!

Probably, this is my ignorance about movies and the technicalities of film making talking. But what I can't understand is that every time the film awards are announced at the national or the state levels, there's a flurry of dissent coupled with a lot of angry exchanges. If the selection process had been above board, would such a situation arise? No, I ain't questioning the competency of the 'Awards Committe'. On the flip side, can we say that it's the venting of feelings against the winners by those who'd missed it narrowly?

Now, allow me to go into the specifics. Suraj Venjaramoodu was declared the 'Best Actor' for his role in the Malayalam film, 'Perariyathavar' in the 61st National Film Awards. He shares this honour with Raj Kumar Rao for his role in the Hindi film, 'Shahid' - a biopic on the slain lawyer activist, Shahid Azmi.

A day later, the state film awards are announced. Suraj Venjaramoodu is adjudged the 'Best Actor in a Comic role' for his performances in the Malayalam movies, 'Daivathinte Swantham Cleetus' and 'Pullippulikalum Aattinkuttiyum'. The state awards committee then explained their decision by saying that Suraj did not figure in the short listed names for the 'Best Actor' category. And it's because of this mismatch that I, as a layman and as someone who enjoys seeing good movies, have the following doubts:-

   (a) Was 'Perariyathavar', the movie that had fetched Suraj his national award, among the 85 odd films
        that were screened for the Awards Committee to arrive at their decision?
   (b) If the answer to the above question is in the affirmative, why did it not come in the roll of honours
         because the yardstick for selection - be it at the national or at the state levels - would have been
         the same?
Over the next few days, there would be raging discussions and mud slinging on the media. A lot of bad blood is gonna be shed without any outcome. Sad!

And Congratulations Suraj! May there be many more to come your way!!


Came across this cute note written by a child on her Maths book,

    "Dear Maths,
     Please grow up and start solving your problems yourself. I have my own problems".    

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