19 June, 2021

Amol Palekar

On his withdrawal from the jury of the National Film Awards

Amol Palekar
Weren't you aware before the jury was announced that Aks was in the competition?
I wasn't.

And the Directorate?
Aks' producer hadn't included my name in his application, so even the Directorate didn't know I was involved.

But yours was a very minor role.
Yes, a one-minute guest appearance. But the point is that it's important to set a good precedent. In the past, I have accused the film awards of improprieties like people involved in the films that were in contention being part of the jury.

Will the awards be now free of controversies?
I do see some positive signs.

Unlike the past, the names of the jury members were announced this time. If anybody has got any objections now, they can voice their protest.

But you'd protest even before.
Yes. I used to do some spade work and find the names of the jury myself.

Won't it encourage lobbying?
This horse-trading used to happen even earlier. So it's better to have an open system. That's at least a good...

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