After our last post on National Film Awards went viral, there’s some new development. Filmmaker Gurvinder Singh has decided to refuse the National Award he has won for the Punjabi film, Chauthi Koot.
The film was adjudged Best Punjabi Film and the citation reads as follows – ‘Effectively captures the sense of fear psychosis and tension during the times of insurgency in Punjab’. The Rajat Kamal Award includes cash prize of Rs 1,00,000/- each to the Producer and Director.
In his Facebook post, Baahubali = Gajendra Chauhan, Gurvinder has commented the following – I haven’t got it yet! It means I’m not going to accept it. But since the award is shared between Director and Producer and the majority producer happens to be NFDC, I’m sure they are going to go receive it. Can’t decide for them.
Gurvinder has been quite vocal about the bad choices made by the jury this year. Click here to read his comment.
An alumni of FTII, Gurvinder Singh is one of the most promising and fearless young filmmaking talent in the current generation. Chauthi Koot (The Fourth Direction) premiered at Cannes Film Festival in 2015. His debut feature film, Anhe Ghorey De Daan, was selected to premiere at Venice International Film Festival. And it bagged 3 National Film Awards – For Direction, Cinematography, and for Best Punjabi Film.