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INDIA: National Film Awards to be given out on May 3

62nd National Film Awards

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President Pranab Mukherjee will present the 62nd National Film Awards at Vigyan Bhawan here on May 3.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore will attend the award ceremony, the information and broadcasting ministry said on Wednesday.

Since 2012, the prestigious National Film Awards ceremony is held every May 3 to commemorate the release date of the first Indian movie "Raja Harishchandra", a silent project by Dadasaheb Phalke.

The winners list this year is balanced vis-a-vis the Hindi and regional movie worlds, with "Haider", "Queen" and "Mary Kom" sweeping awards from Bollywood.

Other films to get awards in Best Film category are "Othello" (Assamese), "Nirbashito" (Bengali), "Harivu" (Kannada), "Nachom - IA Kumpasar" (Konkani), "Ain" (Malayalam), "Killa" (Marathi), "Aadim Vichar" (Odiya), "Punjab 1984" (Punjabi), "Kuttram Kadithal" (Tamil) and "Chandamama Kathalu" (Telugu).

It may have been mere coincidence. But two things happened on March 24 this year, reports NDTV. Nirbashito got the national award for best Bengali film and Supreme Court scrapped Section 66A of the IT Act that made online posts a potential crime. For Nirbashito's director-actor Churni Ganguly, the coincidence was absolution. The film is about freedom of speech. Fictional but based on a slice of the life of Taslima Nasreen, the Bangladeshi writer exiled by her country. Nirbashito means banished. The director-actor will receive the award on Sunday.> BNN

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