Kannada films join race for coveted National Award

Honours will be given to movies released in 2007 and 2008

The announcement inviting nominations for the national film awards, comes after a hiatus of one year as documentary film-maker Anand Patwardhan had challenged the process of selection of films in the documentary category. This, in turn, led to the process of the film awards being put on the backburner. As a result, films of 2007 and 2008 will be considered for awards for the respective years. The last date for filing of nominations came to a close on Friday, August 7, 2009.

And as ever, leading the Kannada contingent is acclaimed director Girish Kasaravalli’s Gulabi Talkies based on Vaidehi’s novella. The State Best Film Award winner focuses on the communal tensions arising between two communities with the arrival of television in a coastal village.

Sharing space with Kasaravalli are other State film award winners like Umashankar Swamy with Banada Neralu, which focuses on environmental concerns and need for conservation of precious green cover; young Abhay Simha’s maiden movie Gubbachigalu, which raises concern over unrelenting urbanisation leading to driving away of fauna from cities through the eyes of two children; Kavitha Lankesh’s Avva, based on her father late P Lakesh’s novel Mussanje Katha Prasanga, that succinctly portrays how caste system, politics and greed still rule over human values in the rural hinterlands; Ramdas Naidu’s touching film Moggina Jade on how age-old traditions are frowned upon by modern-day couples trying to ape the West.

Noted litterateur & film director  Baraguru Ramachandra’s Ekalavya, N R Nanjunde Gowda’s Naanu Gandhi are among those in fray.  Others in provincial list of popular movies vying for the awards include Meera Madhava Raghava by T N Seetharam, Mathad Mathadu Mallige by Nagathihalli Chandrashekar, Savi Savi Neenapu by Manju Mandavya, Aa Dinagalu by K M Chaitanya, Gaalipata by Yograj Bhatt and Kurunaadu by G Murthy, film industry sources told Deccan Herald.

The score of Kannada films are among over 100-and-odd feature films from across the country competing for national awards. According to informed sources, the feature film jury is expected to begin the process of selections next Monday.

The jury, expected to be headed by noted film director Sai Paranjpe, will submit its list of national awardees by the first week of September.

The awards will be given away in October for 2007 and later on for 2008, before the India International Film Festival slated to be held at Goa in November.

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