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Sanskrit film Suryakantha sidelined by National Award Jury

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When the announcement of National Awards came, the sole Sanskrit movie, which was in the fray was completely sidelined for reasons best known to the jury. Suryakanta, a film that narrates a universal tale set in the contemporary mileu in Sanksrit language, made by a bunch of youngsters from Kerala did not get a word of appreciation. This was in spite of the fact that the movie did not have any competition in that category.

This raises many questions. Why was Suryakanta not considered for a National Award?
At a time, when crass commercial movies mushroom across the country, enterprising cinema lovers like producer Sanju Unnithan & director M.Surendran have come forward to make a movie in the Sanskrit language, which is considered as "Deva Bhasha." Instead of encouraging them, why is the award committee showing indifference?

When awards were given to films in almost all other languages why did this Sanskrit film and the Sanskrit language get such a raw deal? Can anyone from the jury give a good enough reason as to why Suryakanta was not considered for the National Award?. Did the panel of judges have adequate grasp of the languages they were dealing with at the time of watching these movies? If Priyamanasam, an earlier Sanskrit film was given a National Award, who were judging that movie? Were jurists with the same level of expertise available this time too?

As a team, we are left with no option other than to raise a petition at seeking justice. Request all our well-wishers to support us by sigining this petition and bring this gross injustice to the notice of the higher-ups.

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