New Delhi/Mumbai: After the Supreme Court's recent order that all independent filmmakers must get a Censor Board clearance to participate in the National Film Awards, it is clear that the Centre can now give out the much delayed 53rd National Film Awards.
But a date for the announcement is yet to be made. "I will hold a selective press conference and let you know,” this is all that Information and Broadcasting Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunshi had to say.
The Supreme Court verdict put aside the Bombay High Court's decision in July last year which did not make it mandatory for films running for the National Awards to be cleared by the Censor Board.
Though the end of the deadlock comes as a relief for filmmakers who are expecting an award for their entries, for documentary filmmaker Anand Patwardhan the decision comes as a rude shock.
“I am shocked. The National Awards should be given an award because they are not awarding the original work of the filmmaker but the one changed according to them,” said Patwardhan.
While the I&B Ministry can scrap the National Film Awards for 2005 and announce awards for 2006 later this year, there is also a possibility that awards for both the years may be given out at a single ceremony.