Mumbai: The National Films Awards, which were started as an annual incentive by the Government of India , for the making of artistic, competent and meaningful films have come a long way. The awards cover the entire national spectrum of Indian Cinema, to judge merit by the highest possible yardstick and to become the most coveted and prestigious awards in the country.
While Amitabh Bachchan won the best actor award for playing a hypochondriac father in 'Piku', Kangana Ranaut scored her second consecutive best actress honour for 'Tanu Weds Manu Returns'. The best film title went to 'Baahubali' and Sanjay Leela Bhansali bagged the award for Best director for ‘Bajirao Mastani’.
Although the list of nominees were not revealed, this one spilled out online. According to a report in Spotboye, Anurag Kashyap and his Phantom team sent ‘Bombay Velvet’ to the National Awards committee. The film which had generated curiosity among the audiences, during its making, failed to connect and tanked at the box office. Along with ‘Bombay Velvet’, the Phantom team also submitted ‘Shaandaar’ and ‘Hunterr’.
Also, Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani submitted ‘Bangistan’ as they felt it was worthy of a National Award. On the other hand, R Balki submitted ‘Shamitabh’ which starred Amitabh Bachchan, Dhanush and Akshara Haasan.
Even films like ‘Miss Tanakpur Haazir Ho’, ‘Chauthi Koot’, ‘Toba Tek Singh’, ‘Mumbai Central’ and ‘Nil Battey Sannata’ tried their luck.
Though 'Bombay Velvet' went on to receive International appreciation, we wonder if 'Shaandaar' and 'Bangistan' deserved this prestigious honour.