AP Govt couple of days back announced Nandi Awards and some of the awards not only raised eye brows of movie lovers but also derived scathing criticism from telangana activists and dalit organisations. The Jury declared N.Shankar who directed ‘Jai Bolo Telangana’ as the best director and even awarded the film as the best film in National Integration category. This made one wonder howcome a film that was made to demand bifurcation of state can be given an award for the best film for national integration. Shankar speaking to media said “I am happy that even Govt recognized my efforts.The film Jai Bolo Telangana moved not only commoners but also educated lot. It highlighted the fact that some few investers for their vested interests are dividing wedge between people.I got recognition earlier also but I am more happy with thi snandi. This Nandi is dedicated to telangana people and telangana warriors who lost their lives. I thank the jury for understanding the creativity and feelings of telangana people”
The jury even presented best singer award to peoples singer Gaddar for his song ‘Podustunna Poddumeeda Nadustunna Kaalama’ in the film Jai Bolo Telangana. The moment this news came various Dalit Organisations grew furious and questioned how come Govt follow double standards slapping cases on Gaddar for Telangana march on Oct 30th and at the same time give awards to him. They demanded if Govt is honest they should arrest those who attacked Gaddar during 1997. They said Govt gave award to the telangana song which highlighted the tribulations of telangana people, but they did not understand people’s problems.
One have to wait for the response from the Govt.