February 5, 2023

BENGALURU EXPRESS

Truth Triumphs

Award winning director draws curtains to ‘Nadada Navaneeta’ controversy

Director clarifies his absence for Bengaluru press briefing

Says the award to honour and pride to Kannadigas

Bengaluru, Oct. 5: Naadada navaneeta Dr. Pandit Venkatesh Kumar, a documentary film was in news last week for bagging a Rajat Kamal award after being adjudged the Best Art and Culture Film in the Non-Feature Film category at the 68th National Film Awards 2020.

On September 30 the 68th National Film Awards were presented by President Draupadi Murmu at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi and the award was received by Dr Harsha Commissioner, Department of Information and Public Relation (DIPR).

Director Girish Kadaravalli

However, the film is in news yet again but for a wrong reason. A few social media went gaga over DIPR holding the ’emergent press briefing’ to announce the historic feat achieved. The controversy is that the press briefing was done in the absence of the creator or the director of the short film. This is the disrespect to the award winning director, it stated. It questioned the need for press briefing in such a mortal hurry and questioned for not giving full credit to award winning director Girish Kasaravalli.

DIPR commissioner Harsha

However, Girish Kasaravalli has clarified and doused the controversy stating that he could not be part of the press briefing in Bengaluru as he had to stay back in Delhi for personal work.

Kasaravalli also mentions that the credit goes to both himself and the department. The department too is equally responsible for the documentary film, he clarified.

“There is absolutely no differences or misunderstanding. Let there be no room for any sort of controversy. This is honour and pride to Karnataka and Kannadigas,” appealed Kasaravalli.

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