The 64th National Awards were announced today and while several stars like Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor, Mohanlal bagged awards, a few names were surprisingly missing from the list. Shivaay, Neerja and Pink also won top honours; but Aligarh, Airlift and Dangal were missing from the list. While many people on social media are blaming the jury for being biased, we thought of enlightening you with a few regulations that might have prevented films or actors from winning the National Awards. Yes, all the guidelines in the National Film Awards Regulations must be met in order for the film to bag an award. While there are many rules that a film must comply with, here are five weird clauses that might keep a deserving candidate from winning an award:
# Director should be Indian
For the film to win a National Award, the director has to be a permanent citizen of India. So even while the Majid Majidi film, Beyond The Clouds is being made in India and will be released here, it will not be eligible for the award, even if it deserves to win it. (ALSO READ - National Film Awards 2017 full winners list: Akshay Kumar's Rustom, Sonam Kapoor's Neerja, Priyanka Chopra's Ventilator win big)
# Actor should be residing in India
For an actor or a technician to win the award, he should either be living or working in India. This does not mean that he or she should be a citizen of India. As long as they are working here and have a property here, they are eligible. So Katrina Kaif, Akshay Kumar and Amy Jackson are eligible even though they aren't citizens of India.
# Dubbed version
A dubbed or copied version of the film is not eligible for the award. The original version, in which the film was shot, can only get an entry. For example, Baahubali: The Beginning had four versions - Telugu, Malayalam, Tamil and Hindi. The film was shot originally in Telugu, while the others were dubbed. Hence, the Telugu version will only be eligible, while the other's wouldn't be. So even though another version might have done well, the original version is the only eligible for an award. (ALSO READ - Twitter is LOLing over Akshay Kumar's win at the 64th National Awards)
# Film should be produced in India
The producer of the film should be an Indian or if it is an International venture then at least one producer should be an Indian for the it to qualify for selection. In the case of an International venture, the majority of technicians should also be Indians. According to this law, Indo-Chinese film Kung Fu Yoga would not be eligible for the National Awards because majority of the technicians were Chinese.
Each film should have English subtitles for it to qualify for the Awards.
So here are five weird clauses that might keep you away from winning the National Award. With geographies no longer a constraint for filmmakers, do you think it is about time some of these clauses be reversed? Share with us your thoughts in the comments section below! Also check out all the regulations by clicking right here...
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