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Sep 25, 2006 at 07:45pm IST

Film Awards put off indefinitely

New Delhi: Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Priaya Ranjan Dasmunsi on Monday said the government would move the court against the Mumbai High Court's stay on the announcement of the National Film Awards.

"We had sought the opinion of the Law Ministry which has now said that we could go to court," he said. He said there could be three possibilities --- the court could vacate the stay; we could be ordered to change the regulations governing film awards, or the court can honour the stay.

The Directorate of Film Festival has already submitted to the ministry the list of the awardees.

LEGAL BATTLE: Dasmunsi says I&B Ministry will move the court against the Mumbai High Court's stay on the announcement of National Film Awards.

The Mumbai High Court order, which had come on a petition of documentary filmmakers, including Anand Patwardhani, had allowed uncensored digital format films eligible for the national awards which opened the floodgates for a large number of entries not submitted for censorship.

According to the rules, a film should have a certificate from the Central Board of Film Certification in order to be eligible for entry.

So, despite the Mumbai High Court order, the juries constituted by the Directorate of Film Festivals went ahead with their deliberations, leaving out uncensored non-feature films.

It is not the first time that awards have landed in a controversy. Since 1982, when Rekha won the Best Actress Award for Umrao Jaan, as against expectation of the many that the honour would go to Jennifer Kapoor for 36 Chowringhee Lane, the awards have been mired in one controversy or the other.