Reject National Film Awards jury decision on  'Ekhon Nedekha Nodir Xhipare'
  • Petitioned Honourable Ms. Ambika Soni

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Union Minister, Information & Broadcasting, Government of India
Honourable Ms. Ambika Soni

Reject National Film Awards jury decision on 'Ekhon Nedekha Nodir Xhipare'

    1. Petition by

      For a Fair National Film Awards Jury

The jury of the National Film Awards in India this year decided to disqualify a beautiful film, Ekhon Nedekha Nodir Xhipare (which translates to ‘On the other bank of a river unseen’), as "not Assamese", even though the film had already been certified as Assamese by the official censorship authority in India. The jury, without authority, decided to make this unfair and arbitrary assessment about the language of the film and removed it from consideration for the awards.

This decision is an outrage to all people who value fairness and believe in the sanctity of the process for the prestigious National Film Awards. It is not for the jury to question the language of the film, that has already been established by competent authority, but it is their solemn duty to fairly judge the merits of the film for awards. The jury failed to perform this duty they were entrusted with. The poor reasoning to arrive at this decision is also a slap on the face of Assamese people and the Assamese language, in its role as one of the official regional languages of India.

This unfair decision needs to be rejected and the film needs to be judged again as an Assamese film for the awards based on its merits. This petition is to make that request of Honourable Ms. Ambika Soni, the Union Minister of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India.

Please review the petition letter, which has much more detail about the issue, and sign it by April 15, 2012 to show your support. Please inform your friends as well through email, facebook, and twitter, using the links for the same on this page.


Wahid Saleh and Satyajit Nath

For a Fair National Film Awards Jury

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    1. The petition is now closed - a quick thanks to everyone who signed!

      Thanks everyone! We're in the process of getting the petition, the signatures, and the comments delivered to the Honourable Minister. We'll keep you posted on progress.

      Wahid Saleh and Satyajit Nath

    2. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Niranjan Thade MUMBAI, INDIA
      • over 2 years ago

      Percentage is a vague measure while appreciating the soul and heart of any Art or creative endevour... Actually it is an unjust measure. This petition needs justice and i support it.

    • Adil Hussain NEW DELHI, INDIA
      • over 2 years ago

      The prime reason for my unconditional support for this Petition to the

      I and B minister is not as an Assamese but as a free thinking

      practitioner of a discipline of Art ( Acting) ,I believe that the

      persons who had been selected by the Government to chair the powerful

      and responsible position such as the National jury board must maintain

      and retain its Sanctity,Dignity and Integrity.I feel that the Jury

      members have failed to maintain these qualities while Judging the

      Film in question ...The obvious reason is that in spite of this film

      being certified by the Censor board as an Assamese film it was not

      considered in that category by the Jury members ( as I was told) If

      this is true than I am bound to believe that there are some very

      dubious elements are at work in the selection process of film for

      National awards. The credibility of Various departments of the

      Government of India and the State Governments are already diminishing.

      But when we start doubting the integrity of the Department of Culture

      which Ideally should be responsible for spreading and educating the

      basic values of humanity among common people then it must promptly be

      fixed. Fixing a problem like this nature is not good enough. We must

      act to make sure there is an honest and sincere system and people

      with integrity are in proper place , not to allow such damaging

      practice to occur ever again. When Art has lost its integrity then we

      have fallen and fallen Badly.

    • Samaresh Mukhopadhyay ATLANTA, GA
      • over 2 years ago

      Ii felt that the decision by the Jury is not fair.

    • Madhu Ambat CHENNAI, INDIA
      • over 2 years ago

      I am the Director of Photography of the film "As the river flows" We shot the film in two versions - Assamese and Hindi. Both were produced by National Film Development Corporation. I am bewildered at the decision of the jury to reject the film because it is non Assamese. I don't understand why the jury should be bothered by the language of the film. There are a few dialogues in Hindi a portion of the story takes place in Bombay. It would look quite odd if a taxi driver in Bombay talks Assamese!!! The jury has actually ridiculed and insulted the Board of Film Censors by saying that they have made a mistake by censoring the film as Assamese.

    • Nakul Kamte MUMBAI, INDIA
      • over 2 years ago

      Since when does the jury of the National awards decide to be a part of the censor board? Do your job as it has been passed as an Assamese film. Sad to say as a previous recipient of 2 National awards there is no integrity left, if an Assamese film is touted as English when the only person who speaks/understands Assamese on the jury had no problem with the fact that it is an Assamese film.


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