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C/O Kancharapelam Disqualified From National Awards

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C/O Kancharapalem, the indie Telugu movie, has been rejected by the committee of the Indian National Awards. The committee disqualified the movie as it was produced by a non-Indian.

Produced by Praveena Paruchuri, an Indian origin US citizen, the movie was made on a shoestring budget and premiered at the New York Indian Film Festival, says a Business Standard report. Later on, the movie went on to be screened at the Caleidoscope Film Festival in Boston. Subsequently, the film was picked up for distribution by Rana Daggubati.

The movie is a love story that talks about social issues like caste and religion. But as per NFA guidelines, only movies that are produced by Indian citizens are eligible for consideration for the awards.

Following the disqualification, producer Paruchuri expressed displeasure at the system. Saying it was time for the rules to change, he apologized to the movie’s director, Venkatesh Maha for the disqualification.

Responding to this, Venkatesh Maha said “It’s not you @paruchurimd, it’s the outdated rules and regulations of our country. I don’t understand why an Indian film, made by an Indian director, in India, acted by Indians and for Indian audience is not eligible for Indian National Awards.”

The National Film Awards are presented by the Directorate of Film Festivals. The makers in their tweet had tagged the directorate to let them know about their displeasure.

The people were quick to comfort the makers for the unfortunate turn of events.

 

 

Watch the trailer of the movie:

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