National award winner Salim Kumar is extremely upset with state film award jury for excluding his documentary Pokkali, in the state awards announced last week.
Salim Kumar plans to file a petition against the jury for not including his film Pokkali and mentioned some of the rules needed for a documentary to contest in the state award. He alleged that the jury refused to watch his film Pokkali stating that it did not have a lab certificate.
Salim Kumar further argued that according to the rules, a movie that is to contest in state film award need not have a lab certificate in the first place. Besides, he said that all other required certificates have been submitted.
Salim Kumar also alleged that Blessy's Pranayam is a copy of Hollywood movie Innocence and hence the movie ideally has no right to contest for state film award. As per Salim, the jury was biased and played favouritism. "If such a thing happens to a National award winner like me, then what would be the state of new comers," Salim Kumar questioned.